MIAMI — The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M women hope to cool off a Connors State team here Thursday night while picking up a little steam of their own.
Connors (15-5 overall and 4-4 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference) has won back-to-back games over Northern-Tonkawa and Eastern State.
“They are coming in here pretty hot,” Lady Norse coach Jim Rowland said. “They are having a really, really, really good year. They are really playing well right now.
Connors has won seven of its last 10 games since a 66-50 loss to the Lady Norse in Warner on Nov. 29.
“We’ve got to be prepared for them since they are coming in hot, just like Murray State,” Rowland said.
Last Thursday’s 61-49 was the fifth straight for the Lady Aggies, who snapped NEO’s 23-game conference winning streak.
The Lady Norse (17-2, 7-1) — who slipped three notches to No. 13 in the NJCAA poll released Monday —bounced back Monday night by rolling to an 84-55 win at Redlands.
“When you get down this late in the season and you lose one, you are really worried about how your girls are going to come back,” Rowland said. “They shook that loss off and really came out with fire.”
The first half of Monday’s game was tight, with NEO holding 17-16 and 13-10 advantages.
But they took charge in the second half.
A 27-13 explosion in the third frame bumped the lead to 18 and then the Lady Norse outscored Murray 27-16 in the fourth.
“I just told the girls at halftime that we needed to hit some shots,” Rowland said. “We made a few adjustments on the defensive end. We came out of the gates with an and-one, but missed the free throw.
“From there, we just started laying it on them. The defensive stops really came into play, which helped our transition offense get started.”
The Lady Norse had one of their best shooting nights of the season, hitting 53.2 percent of their shots. They were 33 of 62 total and converted on 11 of 14 free throw chances.
Four players were in double figures for Northeastern A&M.
Hatty Nawezhi led the way with 21 points, followed by Maria Delgado and Jennah Coffman with 14 each and Kamry Orr added 13.
‘We really shot the ball well in the second half and did better from behind the 3-point line,” Rowland said.
After launching just 12 treys against Murray State, the Lady Norse had 18 attempts Monday night — hitting seven of those.
“At Murray State we shot just 12. That’s not what we want. We really want to shoot about 20 a game,” Rowland said.
The Lady Norse travel to Tonkawa Monday night for a rematch with Northern Oklahoma College.