Tahlequah Daily Press


February 8, 2013

RiverHawks rejected

Northeastern State men can’t keep up with Lindenwood in home loss; NSU women cruise past Lady Lions.


NSU (women) 87, Lindenwood 50

Julie Hlinak sank Lindenwood’s opening shot attempt of the night, a 3-pointer to give the Lady Lions a one-point lead. Nineteen minutes later, Meagan Hittle sank a shot from midcourt.

Those were Lindenwood’s only feel-good moments of the night.

Northeastern State dominated every other second of the game, blowing out Lindenwood to improve to 15-6 overall and 10-3 in MIAA play.

“I think our defense was solid,” NSU coach Randy Gipson said. “We left them open on some shots in the first 10 minutes or so in the game, and then I think we tightened up the defense after that.”

Making every field goal she attempted, Fontana Tate led the RiverHawks with a career-high 17 points. The sophomore guard from Muldrow was 6 of 6 from the floor and 3 of 3 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Taylor Lewis and Tosha Tyler both tallied 15 points for NSU, and Sarah Green recorded her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

“I’m glad to see the balance, no question about it,” said Gipson, who also had Taylor Collins and Chelsey Stricklen post seven points apiece off the bench.

“I think that’s a potential really good strength that this team has. Everyone knows about our senior guards and their ability, but we feel like we have other people that can score, too.”

For the sixth time this season, NSU made more than half of its field-goal attempts, shooting at a 52.4 percent (33 of 63) clip against Lindenwood. The RiverHawks were also 11 of 25 (44 percent) from long range.

The Lady Lions (4-16, 1-11) shot 27.6 percent (16 of 58) from the field en route to their seventh straight setback.

With Lindenwood cutting NSU’s lead to 32-22 with 3:14 to play in the first half, the RiverHawks exploded for a 17-2 run before Hittle’s prayer 47 feet from the basket.

“We had a real good run there,” said Gipson, whose team’s 49 points in the first half were the most in a half this season.

With the win, NSU claimed sole possession of third place in the MIAA standings. The RiverHawks pulled ahead of Truman State, who suffered a 63-48 loss at Pittsburg State on Thursday.

Truman State will play a visit to Jack Dobbins Field House on Saturday.

Lindenwood  78, NSU (men) 66

LU      41     37     --     78

NSU    31     35     --     66

LU (15-5, 8-4): Alex Bazzell 24, Brett Thompson 18, Tyler Ressel 10, Cody Sorenson 9, R. Thompson 5, Ramirez 5, Smith 4, Marquardt 2, Eren 1.

NSU (15-6, 8-5): Jermaine Bransford 22, Bryton Hobbs 14, Ethan Anderson 13, John Schneider 10, Sheppard 6, DeMasters 1.

NSU (women) 87, Lindenwood 50

LU     27     23     --     50

NSU   49     38     --     87

LU (4-16, 1-11): Julie Hlinak 17, Marissa Lehnig 13, Meagan Hittle 12, Brown 3, Rocha 2, Bluemner 2, Milford 1.

NSU (15-6, 10-3): Fontana Tate 17, Taylor Lewis 15, Tosha Tyler 15, Sarah Green 12, Taylor Collins 7, Chelsey Stricklen 7, Fox 6, Bellamy 4, Reel 4.

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