BETHANY, Okla. – Southern Nazarene erased an 13-point first-half deficit to down Rogers State women's basketball, 60-51, on Tuesday (Nov. 21) at the Sawyer Center.
RSU (3-2) built a 31-18 advantage right before halftime, but SNU (3-0) rallied to tie the score midway through the third period and pulled away in the fourth stanza for the win over the Hillcats.
Ke'Aunna Johnson hit a layup with 1:43 remaining in the half to give the navy and red their largest lead of the game at 31-18. After holding a slight 17-15 edge, the Cats extended their margin to 31-18 with a 14-3 run over 10 minutes. RSU held a 33-22 lead at halftime.
The Crimson Storm opened the second half with a 15-3 run to cut the RSU advantage to only one at 36-35 with 6:36 left in the third period. SNU gained its first lead of the game at 39-38 at the 3:50 mark with two free throws from Sidney Carolina.
Trailing 41-38, the Hillcats scored six of the final seven points in the period to earn a slight 44-42 edge going into the final period.
With the score tied at 47-47, SNU took the lead for good with a 3-pointer from Alexus Jones for a 50-47 margin midway through the stanza. The Crimson Storm used eight free throws down the stretch to close out the game, 60-51.
After being down 33-22 at halftime, SNU outscored the Hillcats 38-18 in the second half. RSU shot only 26.1 percent (6-23) from the field in the second half. For the game RSU committed 28 turnovers and the Crimson Storm took advantage with 33 points off turnovers.
The Hillcats shot 46.2 percent (12-26) in the first half to build the edge and finished at 36.7 percent (18-49) from the field in the game.
Lauren Schuldt posted a team-high 13 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench. Jordan Evans tallied 10 points. Kolby McIntosh pulled down a team-high seven rebounds in only 12 minutes.
Jones registered a game-high 18 points as the only Crimson Storm in double figures. SNU shot 34.6 percent (18-52) from the field and added 20 points from the free throw line as they went 20-of-30 shooting (66.7 percent) from the line.
The Hillcats return home this Saturday (Nov. 25) to welcome Oklahoma Baptist at 2 p.m. at the Claremore Expo Center. Live streaming, audio and live stats will be available on the Hillcat Network at rsuhillcats.com/live.
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