The 29th-ranked Northeastern A&M Lady Norse wrap up the home half of the schedule today when they host the Eastern State College Lady Mountaineers today at 6 p.m. in the NEO Fieldhouse.
Playing in their final game at home for the Lady Norse are sophomore guards Megan Fraley and Kalli Bassett along with forwards Skye Rees and Nolisha Markham.
Following the game, the first Dixie Woodall Inspiration Award will be presented. Woodall is a former Lady Norse player who went on to win 390 games during coaching stints at Seminole State and Oral Roberts University.
The Lady Norse and Golden Norsemen will join numerous other college basketball teams in lending their support for breast cancer awareness by participating in the WBCA Pink Zone promotion.
The WBCA Pink Zone initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
The WBCA began the Pink Zone, formerly known as “Think Pink,” in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women’s basketball, on campuses and in communities.
Proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year a success. In 2008, more than 1,200 teams and organizations participated, reaching over 830,000 fans and raising over $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research.
Coach Jim Rowland’s Lady Norse are 4-2 in the Eastern Division of the Bi-State Athletic Conference and 20-6 on the season. The Lady Norse defeated Carl Albert State College 62-59 Monday in the NEO Fieldhouse.
Longtime head coach Andy Mace has guided the Lady Mountaineers to a 6-18 season record and a 1-4 mark in the Bi-State East. The Lady Mountaineers dropped an 76-70 decision to Connors State on Feb. 12 in Wilburton.
“Eastern’s record doesn’t mean a thing because they will come in here ready to play,” Rowland said. “They have two scorers that can hang 20 points on you if you’re not ready.
“They will battle you all night long,” Rowland said. “They don’t lay down and quit.”
Starting in the backcourt for the Lady Mountaineers are veterans Nicole Harris and Kelli Adams with freshman Ronita Coleman.
Harris (5-3 of Savannah, Okla.) leads the team with 131 assists and 64 steals while averaging 10.3 points.
Adams (5-10 of Shawnee) averages 12.5 points with 74 assists and 51 steals.
Sophomore Emily Leek (6-1, Tulsa) and freshman Shantoya Fisher (5-11, Oklahoma City) start along the Eastern front line.
Fisher (5-11 of Oklahoma City) leads the Lady Mountaineers both in scoring (22.1) and rebounding (11.5).
Fraley (5-7 of Adair) is averaging 14.5 points and 5.3 rebounds while leading the team with 120 assists and 41 steals.
Bassett (5-8 of Grove) averages 9.5 points with 28 assists and 10 steals.
Rees (6-2 of Melbourne, Australia) leads the Lady Norse in scoring with a 16.6 average while grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game.
Markham (5-10 of Tulsa) has a 10.8 scoring mark and a 6.4 rebounding average.