TAHLEQUAH — Tyler’s basket is just one example of how NSU’s three seniors — Taylor Lewis, Tyler and Sarah Green — have taken control of the RiverHawks during the current campaign.
“All three of our seniors have done a great job of leading this team, I think, both emotionally and the productivity on the floor,” Gipson said. “...Taylor Lewis made a dramatic last-second shot at UCO, and Tosha did it on Saturday. And Sarah Green has just been very steady, as she has been most of her career.”
It was Green, in fact, who led NSU against Truman was 11 points and seven rebounds.
That’s been the story for the RiverHawks all year long: the seniors coming through in big moments.
Heading into this season, after Wright, Cristy Nitz, Megan Fraley and Kendra Kok all graduated, Tyler knew the scoring role would fall squarely on her shoulders — along with Lewis.
“Me and Taylor have been here the longest, and we know what the program needs to be successful,” said Tyler, who is averaging 11.2 points per game this season. “We’ve been around Coach (Gipson) the longest. We know what he expects from us, and we’re a little more comfortable on the floor than the other girls are. But the other girls are definitely getting there.”
Credit Tyler, Lewis and Green for that, too. The three seniors also took on a mentor’s role during the early portion of the season.
“One thing I think Coach Gipson is good at is recruiting players with good basketball IQ,” Tyler said. “Those girls get out here and see what they need to do, and when we tell them what to do, they catch on really fast.”
Up next for Tyler and the RiverHawks is a home game against Missouri Southern tonight at Jack Dobbins Field House. The RiverHawks (16-6 overall) are sitting in third place all alone in the MIAA standings with a 11-3 mark.