Seeking to win their ninth game in the last 10 outings, Northeastern A&M's 25th-ranked Lady Norse entertain the Lady Mavericks of Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa at 6 p.m. today in the NEO Student Activity Center.
Returning home from a two-game winning streak on the road, coach Jim Rowland's Lady Norse are 14-4 on the year.
After a 77-51 win over the Murray State Lady Aggies Sunday afternoon in Tishomingo, the Lady Norse are 5-2 against Bi-State Athletic Conference Western Division teams.
Extending a three-game homestand, the Lady Norse square off against the Western State College Lady Pioneers at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the SAC.
Entering tonight's game at Connors State, the Lady Pioneers are 7-7 on the season and 0-6 against the Bi-State East.
Longtime head coach Greg Krause has guided the Northern Lady Mavericks to a 9-10 season record and a 3-5 mark in the conference. The Lady Mavs dropped an 83-61conference contest to Connors State last Thursday in Tonkawa.
After battling to a five-point advantage (32-27) at halftime of their Dec. 3 meeting in Tonkawa, the Lady Norse pulled away to an 86-58 victory. Megan Fraley, Tasha Hedgecorth and Nolisha Markham each scored 18 points to pace the Lady Norse. Carletta Hernandez led Northern with 15 total points.
Comprising the Lady Norse backcourt tandem are sophomore Misty Haley (5-6 of Oktaha) and freshman Fraley (5-6 of Adair).
Haley is averaging 10.6 points with 34 assists and 17 steals. Fraley leads the team in scoring with a 12.7 average while recording 46 assists and 32 steals.
Returning to the backcourt for the Lady Mavericks are veterans Amy Pryor (5-6 of Norman) and Brianne Grisham (5-7 of Del City).
Pryor leads the team with 104 assists and 26 steals while averaging 12.6 points. Grisham is averaging 9.7 points while recording 27 assists and 27 steals.
Expected to start on the front line for the Lady Norse will be sophomore Autumn Thompson (5-6 of Glenpool) and freshmen Markham (5-10 of Tulsa).
Thompson is averaging 4.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Markham leads NEO in rebounding with a 7.7 average while scoring 11.8 points per contest.
Veterans Meghan Winters (5-10 of Lomega) and Hernandez (5-11 of Moore) should start at forwards for the Lady Mavs.
Winters is averaging 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while Hernandez has an 8.7 scoring mark and a 5.3 rebounding average.
Starting in the post position for NEO is freshman Skye Rees (6-2 of Melbourne, Australia).
Rees has an 11.1 scoring average and a 5.8 rebounding mark.
Matching up in the post position for the Lady Mavs will be sophomore Holly Hardin (6-0 of Chickasha).
Hardin leads the Lady Mavs both in scoring with a 13.7 mark and in rebounding with an 11.5 average.