Staving off a second-half rally by 24th-ranked Seminole State College, the 30th-ranked Northeastern A&M Lady Norse gained a 73-65 upset Thursday night before a large crowd in the NEO Fieldhouse.

While winning their third consecutive game, coach Jim Rowland's Lady Norse are 13-3 on the season and 6-1 against Bi-State West teams. Coach Rita Story-Shell's Seminole Belles slip to 11-3 on the year and 5-2 against teams from the Bi-State East.

The Lady Norse will travel to Enid on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. rematch with the Northern Oklahoma Lady Jets in the Mabee Center.

The Lady Jets are 12-5 on the season following an 82-67 win at Connors State last night in Warner.

“We played a really, really solid first half against Seminole, Rowland said. “The girls came out and played with a lot of intensity and were really focused.

Freshman forward Sequoria Grady scored 12 of her game-high 21 points in the first half and sophomore center Regiane Araujo and freshman point-guard Misty Haley combined for 10 points each as the Lady Norse constructed a 43-28 lead at halftime.

“Sequoria came up big for us in the first half, Rowland said. “She stepped up and help fill the void left by the loss of Whizzy (Whitney Conerly twisted ankle) and Brittni (Allen torn meniscus).

“Right now we're really playing well as a team and it hasn't dropped off at all, Rowland said. “These girls have faced adversity all year long and no matter what the situation is, they have overcome it.

“My job as a coach is to make sure we maintain a certain intensity level game in and game out, Rowland said. “And we've been able to accomplish that no matter what lineup is on the floor.

Sophomore guard Bruna Duarte countered Grady's nine-point second half production with eight points while Haley and Regiane Araujo added six points each to help the Lady Norse fend off the Belles.

Led by an 11-point outburst by sophomore forward Kristen London, the Belles rallied before Regiane Araujo closed the door for NEO with four key defensive rebounds in the final two minutes.

“Despite the fact that she's only played one other game, Nani (Regiane) turned in a double-double which was huge, Rowland said. “She's just going to get better as we go along.

Along with Grady's 21 points, the Lady Norse received 17 points from Nani Araujo, 15 from Haley and 12 from Duarte.

The Lady Norse connected on 29 of 57, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range, for 51 percent from the field and 10 of 20 for 50 percent at the free throw line.

Jamie Graham and Chantay Frazier each scored 16 points to pace the Belles along with 15 points by London.

Seminole sank 23 of 74, including 5 of 15 from the 3-point arch, for 31 percent from the field and 14 of 21 for 67 percent at the free throw line.

Graham pulled down 11 rebounds as the Belles held a commanding 50 to 39 advantage on the boards. Nani Araujo led NEO with 10 rebounds.

Women

Northeastern A&M 73, Seminole 65

Seminole - Graham 5-14 4-4 16, Frazier 7-17 0-2 16, London 7-18 0-0 15, Clonch 1-8 5-7 7, Birch 1-6 2-2 4, Kodaseet 1-5 1-2 3, Mohair 1-4 0-0 2, Moore 0-0 2-4 2, Alexander 0-2 0-0 0, Tobin 0-0 0-0 0, A. Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-74 14-21 65

Northeastern A&M - Grady 10-24 1-2 21, R. Araujo 7-10 3-5 17, Haley 5-6 2-2 15, Duarte 4-6 3-9 12, Holmes 2-4 0-0 5, Thompson 1-6 1-2 3, West 0-1 0-0 0, N. Araujo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-57 10-20 73.

Halftime - NEO 43 Seminole 28. 3-point goals - Seminole 5-15 (Graham 2-2, Frazier 2-5, London 1-2, Birch 0-5, Kodaseet 0-1), NEO 5-10 (Haley 3-4, Duarte 1-1, Holmes 1-2, Grady 0-1). Total fouls - Seminole 20, NEO 15. Rebounds - Seminole 50 (Graham 11), NEO 39 (R. Araujo 10). Assists - Seminole 10 (Birch 3), NEO 20 (Duarte 6). Steals - Seminole 4 (Graham, London, Frazier, Mohair), NEO 8 (Grady 3). Blocked shots - Seminole 1 (Kodaseet), NEO 8 (Grady 3). Turnovers - Seminole 14, NEO 13. Fouled out - none.