MIAMI — Holding the opposition to 50 points or less for the sixth time this season, No. 9 ranked Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College cruised to an 89-39 victory in the NEO Field House Monday night over Western Oklahoma State College.
While extending their current winning streak to 14 straight games, the Lady Norse own a 31-game winning streak on their home court.
NEO leads the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference with a perfect 5-0 record and the Lady Norse are 15-1 overall.
Both NEO teams are off Thursday because of one of two conference bye dates.
The Lady Norse concludes a three-game home stand at 5:30 p.m. next Monday by entertaining the Northern Oklahoma College-Enid Lady Jets. NOC-Enid is the only other undefeated OCAC team with a 3-0 mark. The Lady Jets are 11-3 on the season.
Western slips to 1-4 in the conference and 6-7 overall.
“As a coaching staff we knew Western was coming in here after beating Redlands in Altus and taking Connors State to a double-overtime loss last week,” Lady Norse head coach Jim Rowland said. “They also have a couple of players that could go score.
“I thought we did a good job tonight of not allowing them to get into any type of offensive flow,” Rowland said. “We took it to them as soon as they got off the bus and didn’t let them get into any kind of tempo.”
Neither team could put points on the scoreboard during the first two minutes of the opening quarter.
Two free throws by NEO point guard Kamry Orr at the 8:30 mark broke the scoreless drought.
Maria Delgado canned a 3-pointer and a layup while Orr scored on a driving layup to provide NEO with a 9-2 advantage with 6:39 left in the first quarter.
A 3-pointer by Jennah Coffman off the bench and two layups by Delgado propelled NEO to a 16-3 lead with 3:03 showing on the clock.
Mariah Green sank a long-range 3-pointer and Delgado added another layup as the Lady Norse maintained a 21-11 lead heading into the second quarter.
“One of our keys was that we needed to get into our game and not let them set the pace,” Rowland said. “I thought we did a great job of staying focused and playing our game which is what we were able to do.”
The Lady Norse received a solo free throw and a 3-point field goal from Coffman and layups by Hatty Nawezhi and Delgado to increase the NEO lead to 29-14 with 8:08 left before intermission.
Nawezhi scored on a putback and Delgado sank a short jump shot as the Lady Norse built a 33-14 advantage with 5:14 until halftime.
Three-point field goals by Delgado, Mikayla Shulanberger and Courtney Condit along with two free throws by Paige Miller allowed NEO to carry a 44-20 lead to the locker room at half.
Field goals by Sara Boric, Delgado and Orr widened NEO’s lead to 50-20 at the 6:40 juncture of the third quarter.
Solo free throws by Nawezhi and Delgado along with two by Orr created a 54-24 Lady Norse margin with 4:15 in the third quarter.
Four points by Orr and a 3-pointer by Shulanberger gave NEO a lop-sided 62-28 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.
Five Lady Norse bench players allowed NEO to outscore the Lady Pioneers 27-11 in the fourth quarter.
“Jennah and Mikayla really had great games coming off the bench by scoring in double figures,” Rowland said. “We had 12 players contribute to this win.”
Delgado led the Lady Norse with 19 points while Orr sank 17, Coffman 13, Shulanberger 11, Nawezhi 8, Eneritz Larranaga 6, Miller 4, Condit 3, Green 3, Boric 2, Lauryn Washington 2 and Delaysha McCall 1.
NEO sank 31 of 64, including 11 of 32 from 3-point range, for 48 percent from the field and 16 of 25 for 64 percent at the free throw line.
Karen Hopkins led Western with 11 points and Priscilla Murphy 10.