Another top 10 junior college program comes to the NEO Fieldhouse today at 6 p.m. as the Northeastern A&M Lady Norse entertain the fifth-rated Connors State College Cowgirls.
Just five days ago, coach Jim Rowland's Lady Norse dropped a 68-63 decision to then-No. 7 Arkansas-Fort Smith in the NEO Fieldhouse.
Traveling to Wilburton on Monday, the Lady Norse gained an 81-61 victory over Eastern State College.
The Lady Norse are 18-5 on the season and 2-1 in the Eastern Division of the Bi-State Athletic Conference.
Riding a six-game winning streak, coach Eddie Kite's Connors State Cowgirls are 22-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Eastern Division. The Cowgirls defeated Arkansas Baptist College 77-52 Monday night in Little Rock.
The only blemish thus far on the Connors State record was a 66-60 loss to 17th-ranked Northern Oklahoma-Enid on Jan. 12 in Warner's Melvin Self Fieldhouse.
Last season the Cowgirls finished second in the Bi-State East with a 5-3 record. After losing 78-67 to UAFS in the Region II championship, the Cowgirls finished 28-5 on the year.
Home court had little advantage during last season's series as the two teams split on the others court.
The Cowgirls posted an 84-73 victory over the Lady Norse in Miami before NEO returned the favor with an 84-68 win in Warner.
Starting in the Lady Norse backcourt will be sophomore Megan Fraley and freshmen Kashei Hopkins and Brittany Woodard.
Fraley (5-7 of Adair) is averaging 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds while leading the team with 98 assists and 31 steals.
Hopkins (5-7 of Rockwall, Va.) is scoring 4.3 points per game with 26 assists and 10 steals.
Woodard (5-8 of Houston, Texas) averages 4.6 points with 11 assists and 11 steals.
Sophomores Skye Rees and Nolisha Markham comprise the Lady Norse front line.
Rees (6-2 of Melbourne, Australia) leads the Lady Norse in scoring with a 17-point average while grabbing 5.1 rebounds per game.
Markham (5-10 of Tulsa) has a 10.1 scoring mark and a 6.5 rebounding average.
Featuring five sophomores in the starting lineup, the Cowgirls will go with Ricshanda Bickham, Ashley Franklin and Chelsey Roth at guards.
Bickham (5-6 of Franklin, La.) leads the Cowgirls with 101 assists while recording 56 steals and averaging 7.1 points,
Franklin (5-8 of Dallas, Texas) is the team leader with 76 steals while making 100 assists and scoring 14.6 points per game.
Roth (5-11 of Kellyville) averages 7.5 points with 27 assists and 25 steals.
Veterans Gabrielle Rosiji and Taylor Mumphrey start along Connor State's front line.
Rosiji (6-3 of Tulsa Edison) leads the Cowgirls in scoring with a 15.6 average while grabbing 9.7 rebounds per game.
Mumphrey (6-3 of Cedar Hill, Texas) is leading the Cowgirls with a 9.9 rebounding mark while scoring an average of 8.4 points.