TAHLEQUAH — When Washburn (10-4, 3-2 MIAA) forced the RiverHawks to convert from the outside, NSU made them pay by converting 13 of 18 3-point attempts (72.2 percent). Miller was 4 for 4, Anderson and Marcus Sheppard were 3 for 4 each while Hobbs was 3 for 6 and had something to prove after his 0 for 4 showing against Central Oklahoma last Wednesday.
“I knew if they were watching film of my last game, I didn’t shoot the ball very well,” Hobbs said. “I just thought they would back up and I took advantage of my opportunities.”
Gipson knows that while this was a big win for his team, the schedule doesn’t get any easier with NSU hosting Pittsburg State on Wednesday.
“We need to be a mature team,” he said. “The last time we won a couple of games in a row, we weren’t a mature team. We need to be a mature team and get ourselves refocused.”
NSU (women) 51, Washburn 43
Defense was the name of the game for the Northeastern State and Washburn women on Saturday at Jack Dobbins Field House.
The RiverHawks held the No. 9 team in Division II to a season-low in points and shooting in handing the Lady Blues their first loss in MIAA Conference action 52-43.
Washburn was second in the MIAA in scoring, averaging 67.9 points per game while NSU was holding opponents to 53.9 points per outing, third in the MIAA right behind the Lady Blues’ 53.7 points per contest. The 43 points was Washburn’s lowest output since being held to 41 against Missouri Western on Dec. 19, 2010.
“They have come back in these situations so we knew it was going to be tough,” said NSU women’s coach Randy Gipson. “We had some bad moments in the first 10 minutes of the second half but then we matched and figured out what we needed to do to win the game.”