MIAMI — The end result was a 74-49 victory, but it was far from a masterpiece for the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Lady Norse.
“It was one of those games where we finally got caught up where we sleepwalked through it,” Rowland said of the 25-point win over Western State College Thursday, Feb. 15 at the NEO Field House.
“I told the young ladies that we needed to start playing our game,” Rowland said. “It was all about us tonight. That’s what I told them: if we do what we’re supposed to, we are going to win games.”
The Lady Norse got 40 of their 74 points from in the paint, but were 24 of 39 inside the arc.
“I think Bethy Mununga missed like four layups and Megan Jackson had a couple,” Rowland said. “I knew we were right there to take control of the game, but you’ve got to finish.
It’s OK to have it tonight because next Thursday is going to be a tough one and we can’t do that against NOC-E (Northern Oklahoma-Enid).
“We have to make sure we hit those little layups.”
The Lady Norse never trailed, breaking out to a quick 8-0 lead and never looked back.
They were up 19-11 after the opening frame then used a 15-0 run to open up a 37-18 halftime advantage.
NEO (21-4 overall and 13-0 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference) continued to pull away in the second half, leading by as many as 34 points late in the game.
Three players scored in double figures for the Lady Norse.
Mununga led the way with 27 points. She also had 12 rebounds.
Eneritz Larranaga just missed a triple-double, getting 13 points and 10 assists. She had nine rebounds.
Jackson chipped in with 15 points.
Others scoring for the Lady Norse were Mikayla Shulanberger with nine, Miriam Gnanou with seven and Amary Weary with three.
Ariel Williams and Paradize Jackson scored 23 and 12 points, respectively, for the Lady Pioneers (10-16 and 4-9).