EL RENO — Freshman point guard Shea Bowden scored 24 points to lead the Northeastern A&M Lady Norse to a 50-40 victory Monday night in the Cougar Fieldhouse over Redlands College.
Coach Jim Rowland’s Lady Norse have won eight straight games and are 7-2 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Lady Norse are 13-6 on the year.
The loss dropped the Lady Cougars to 8-10 on the season and 2-7 in the conference.
Returning to the NEO Fieldhouse on Thursday, the Lady Norse are scheduled to start their return trip through the OCAC by hosting Seminole State College at 6 p.m.
Bowden (5-4 of Oklahoma City Millwood) connected on 8 of 16 (including 4 of 10 3-pointer’s) from the field and 4 of 6 from the free throw line to lead all scorers.
Despite eight points from Bowden and four points each from Ashton Pittman, Ashley McKeel and Jelena Cerina, the Lady Norse were held to a precarious 20-18 lead at halftime.
Over the first 10 minutes of the second half the two teams traded field goals as NEO clung to a 35-31 lead.
Taking advantage of several two-shot foul situations, the Lady Cougars hung around for the remainder of the game.
Along with Bowden’s 24-point performance, Pittman was the only other Lady Norse to reach double figures with 10 points.
Dianna Glass was the lone Redlands player to score in double figures with 16 points.
Bertabitha Bailey and Kyesha Hall each grabbed 10 rebounds as the Lady Cougars maintained a 46-21 advantage on the boards. Veteran center Andrea Marinho led the Lady Norse with five rebounds.
Even though NEO shot 30 percent from the field (24 of 80), the Lady Norse were able to sink six 3-pointers compared to only one trey by Redlands.
Cerina recorded four blocked shots in the middle of the Lady Norse defense.