Two teams with winning streaks square off today at 6 p.m. in the NEO Fieldhouse as the Northeastern A&M Lady Norse entertain the Seminole State College Belles.
The game was originally scheduled to have been played Thursday night.
Coach Jim Rowland’s Lady Norse have constructed a seven-game winning streak and are 8-2 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference. Following a 50-40 win at Redlands College last Monday, the Lady Norse are 13-6 on the year and have won nine of their last 10 games.
Veteran coach Rita Story-Schell has guided the Belles to a 5-4 OCAC record and a 9-10 season mark. The Belles cruised past Carl Albert State 75-67 Monday night in Seminole.
"Just like in years past, Seminole is a very scrappy basketball team that is well coached," Rowland said. "They have a couple of kids that can really light it up, so we'll have to be ready to play."
Freshman guard Ashton Pittman recorded a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in leading the Lady Norse to a 70-56 victory over the Belles when the two teams met Dec. 7 in Seminole. Trelishiea Prince led Seminole with 16 points.
“We had a pretty good trip through the first round of conference play, but we feel like we can play even better,” Rowland said. “Our two conference losses (67-62 to Northern-Enid on Nov. 23 and 66-53 at Northern-Tonkawa on Dec. 1) are against our next two opponents, so we have a chance to gain some sort of revenge if we take care of business.”
The Lady Norse travel to Enid Monday for a 6 p.m. rematch with the 9th ranked Lady Jets.
Sophomores Prince, Bobbie Marshall and Kate Sanderson will start at the guard positions for the Belles.
Prince (5-4 of Oklahoma Star Spencer) has recorded 41 assists and 36 steals while averaging 9.3 points at point guard.
Marshall (5-10 of Del City) averages 7.1 points and rebounds per game while leading Seminole with 43 assists and 24 steals..
Sanderson (5-8 of Sanger, Texas) averages 3.7 points with 18 assists and 11 steals.
Freshmen Teshia Griswold and Fanta Toure start at forwards for the Belles.
Griswold (5-10 of Milledgeville, Ga.) leads the Belles with a 15.4 scoring average and an 8.4 rebounding mark.
Toure (6-1 of Bamalo, Africa) averages 8.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Starting for the Lady Norse at guards are freshmen Shea Bowden and Pittman along with sophomore Kashei Hopkins.
Bowden (5-4 of Oklahoma City Millwood) leads the Lady Norse with a 12.9 scoring average and 63 assists while recording 30 steals.
Pittman (5-8 of Washington, Okla.) is scoring 11.5 points per game with 24 assists and 23 steals.
Hopkins (5-7 of Rockwall, Va.) has a 5.8 scoring mark with 34 assists and 25 steals.
Starting down in the blocks for the Lady Norse will be veteran Jelena Cerina and freshman Ashley Jordan.
Cerina (6-5 of Vrsca, Serbia) leads NEO in rebounding with a 9.4 average while scoring 12.7 points and recording 40 blocked shots.
Jordan (5-11 of San Antonio, Texas) averages 2.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
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