COFFEYVILLE, Kan. — After completing a two-game sweep Saturday in the Coffeyville Resources Jayhawk Shoot-Out, Northeastern A&M’s Lady Norse travel to Poteau Monday for a 6 p.m. Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference showdown with Carl Albert State College in Poteau.
Coach Jim Rowland’s Lady Norse defeated Independence (Kan.) Community College by an 85-73 score late Saturday in the Jayhawk Shoot-Out.
“After seven games on the road over a 33-day period, it will be good to get back home,” Rowland said. “We’re looking forward to being home Thursday.”
The Lady Norse (8-6 overall and 2-2 in the OCAC) return to the NEO Fieldhouse Thursday for a 6 p.m. conference clash with Murray State College.
Veteran coach Jeff Tadtman has guided the Carl Albert Lady Vikings to a 4-9 season record and a 0-4 mark in the OCAC. The Lady Vikings dropped a 68-51 non-conference decision to Arkansas City Community College on Jan. 4 in Arkansas City, Kan.
“Don’t let their record fool you because Coach Tadtman will have his team ready to play,” Rowland said. “They’ve got four girls that average in double figures, but they’re the type of team that either comes out on fire or can’t hit a thing.”
Freshman point guard Jullian Cawhorn (5-6 of Poteau) joins sophomores Randi Jerrell and Dez Rogers in the Lady Vikings backcourt.
Cawhorn (5-6 of Poteau) averages 7.9 points with 16 assists and 12 steals.
Jerrell (5-7 of Pocola) leads the team in scoring with a 17.5 average.
Rogers (5-6 of Camden, Ark.) has an 11.1 scoring average with 17 assists and 11 steals.
Veteran Celeste Key and freshman Katherine BenArmor start along the baseline for Carl Albert.
Key (5-10 of Delight, Ark.) is averaging 10.7 points while leading Carl Albert with a 6.4 rebounding average.
BenArmor (6-0 of Howe) is scoring 13.7 points and grabbing 4.9 rebounds per game.
Last season Carl Albert finished fourth in the Bi-State Athletic Conference Eastern Division with a 4-4 record and was 19-11 overall.
“We’ll have to be ready to stop Jerrell because she’s an excellent 3-point shooter,” Rowland said. “If we take that away, they’ll pound the ball down inside to BenArmor who can score in bunches.”
Against Independence in the final game of the Saturday session at the Jayhawk Shoot-Out, freshman point guard Shea Bowden continued her torrid scoring with 12 of her 24 points in the first half.
Ashton Pittman and centers Andrea Marinho and Jelina Cerina had nine points each as the Lady Norse built a 39-27 lead at halftime over the Lady Pirates.
Despite 24 points by veteran all-American Sadie Webb in the second half, Independence could not close the 12-point gap to catch NEO.
Along with 24 points from Bowden, Pittman added 13, Marinho 12 and Kayla Gardner 11 for the Lady Norse.
The Lady Norse hit 30 of 65 (46 percent) from the field, including 8 of 28 from the 3-point arch, and 17 of 25 (68 percent) at the free throw line.
Webb led all scorers with 36 points to lead the Lady Pirates.
Independence (9-3) connected on 24 of 66 (36 percent) from the field, including 9 of 31 from the 3-point area, and 16 of 22 for 73 per cent from the line.
Tori Halvorsen grabbed eight rebounds to give the Lady Pirates a 44-41 edge on the boards. Gardner collected seven rebounds to lead the Lady Norse.
“Right now we seem to be getting back to what we had as a team in the first half,” Rowland said. “Everyone understands their role and we just need to continue to build on our confidence.”