TONKAWA — Jim Rowland knows to expect one thing when his Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Lady Norse will face Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa here Monday night.
There will be a flurry of 3-point goals launched.
“They love to shoot the 3-ball and they love to run the high-ball screen, come off the screen, try to hit the guards in the corners for 3s,” Rowland said.
“If they get hot, they get hot. We have to make sure that we don’t allow them to get a lot of open looks. We have to take the 3-ball away from them because that’s what they want to do.”
The Lady Mavs, improved to 9-12 and 2-7 in the OCAC after Thursday’s 71-68 win over Western Oklahoma State College, have launched 535 treys on the season.
That’s 13th nationally. Bismarck State (North Dakota) College is the national leader at a mind-boggling 772.
Cowley County (Kansas) Community College is next at 704.
By comparison, NEO (18-2, 8-1) has put up 489.
NEO rolled to a 94-72 victory over the Lady Mavs in Miami on Dec. 1.
A 22-14 burst in the third quarter broke open a game that saw the Lady Norse lead by only one at the break.
Maria Delgado pumped in 27 points and Mariah Green added 26. Hatty Nawezhi tallied 19 and Kamry Orr and Sara Boric chipped in with 10 each.
“I know they are not playing very good right now, but you can never underestimate a Tonkawa team, especially when you go to their place,” Rowland said.
The Lady Norse, ranked 13th in the latest NJCAA poll, crushed Connors State College 99-49 Thursday night at the NEO Field House.
Northeastern A&M, which had four of its five starters score in double figures, shot 53.7 percent from the field (36 of 67) and outrebounded the Cowgirls 48-25.
The Lady Norse also doled out 24 assists and had 14 steals.
Delgado had 23 points and Nawezhi scored 21 (while grabbing 17 rebounds). Green joined them in double figures with 15 and Orr with 11.
“I really thought we played well as a team,” Rowland said. “This team is just continuing to get better and better and better.
“They realize what time of team they are and how successful they can be; how good they can be. When they are stepping out on the floor, they are saying ‘we are coming at you.’ That is the mentality that we have right now.”