SEMINOLE - Looking to extend their six-game winning streak, Northeastern A&M's Lady Norse visit the Raymond Harber Fieldhouse tonight for a 6 p.m. rematch with the Seminole State College Belles.
Coach Jim Rowland's Lady Norse rolled to an 87-40 victory over Murray State College Monday night in the NEO Student Activities Center to raise their record to 11-3 on the year.
The Lady Norse are 3-1 against teams from the Bi-State Athletic Conference Western Division.
Veteran coach Rita Story-Schell's Seminole Belles upset 24th ranked Connors State College 78-69 Tuesday night in Warner, snapping a 15-game winning streak by the Cowgirls. The Belles are 5-8 on the season and 2-2 against Bi-State East teams.
When the two teams clashed on Nov. 19 in the SAC, the Lady Norse built a 42-32 lead at halftime en route to an 83-61 victory. The Belles struggled from the field, shooting just 27 percent (15 of 55).
Freshman guard Kali Bassett (5-8 of Grove) sank 7 of 13 from 3-point range to lead the Lady Norse with 21 points while Nolisha Markham added 20.
Sophomore forward Phaliesha Kodaseet (5-11 of Anadarko) led Seminole with 17 points.
Last season the Lady Norse won all three games against the Belles.
After posting a 73-63 win in Seminole, the Lady Norse won 73-65 in Miami. Squaring off in the Region II Tournament semifinals, the Lady Norse scored a 92-83 victory.
The Lady Norse have won eight straight games against the Belles since dropping a 72-63 decision in the first round of the 2003-04 Region II Tournament.
“In the Bi-State, it's an up-and-down world,” Rowland said. “You can never tell from one game to the next who is the dominant team.
“Seminole is a pretty good basketball team and they showed that Tuesday night in Warner,” Rowland said. “They weren't in sync when they played us in Miami, but they'll be ready for us tonight.”
Sophomore Misty Haley and freshman Megan Fraley will start in the Lady Norse backcourt with Autumn Thompson and Nolisha Markham starting on the perimeter.
Freshman Skye Rees (6-2 of Melbourne, Australia) is expected to start in the post.
Probable starters for Seminole are freshmen Holly Birmingham (5-1 of Tulsa) and Jasmine Thompson (5-5 of Norman) at guard, veteran Ashlee Mohair (5-5 of Denton, Texas) and freshman Katie Sanderson (5-8 of Sanger, Texas) at forward and Kodaseet at center.
With only a 10-player roster, the Lady Norse will play three games next week. After returning home to host Northern Oklahoma-Enid at 6 p.m. Monday, the Lady Norse travel to Neosho, Mo., next Thursday, for a 7 p.m. rematch with Crowder College.
The Lady Norse travel to Tishomingo on Saturday, Jan. 19, for a 1 p.m. rematch with Murray State College.
“Counting this game (Seminole), three of our next four are on the road,” Rowland said. “Depth could become an issue, but our girls have faced adversity all year and they'll fight through this stretch.”
Freshman guard Kaycee Donelson (6-0 of Collinsville) will find out Tuesday if she requires an MRI on her knee.
“Even if Kaycee has to have a procedure, she should be back before the regional tournament,” Rowland said.