TAHLEQUAH — Early on, it looked like the RiverHawks (11-5, 5-2 MIAA) would run away with the contest as they raced out to 27-15 advantage with 5:00 remaining in the first half on the strength of Taylor Lewis’ 12 first-half points.
Washburn, who suffered their first MIAA loss and dropped to 5-1 in league play, 11-3 overall, closed the half on an 11-5 run to trim its deficit to 32-23 at the break.
NSU opened the second half by stretching its lead to 38-23 at the 17:55 mark but saw the Lady Blues begin to chip away. By the time of the final media timeout of the second stanza, Washburn had whittled its deficit to 46-43.
“This feels awesome,” Lewis said. “Coach just told us to stay with our plan and to force them into bad looks. They’re a great team and it’s great win for our team.”
Lewis led all scorers with 22 points while Tosha Tyler finished with 10 points. No one finished in double figures for Washburn.