Oklahoma Baptist women rout NWOSU, 68-52

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Oklahoma Baptist's Kendall Parker (2) dribbles the ball on the break Saturday at the Noble Complex.
Oklahoma Baptist's Kendall Parker (2) dribbles the ball on the break Saturday at the Noble Complex.

A fast, 7-0 start set the tone for the entire afternoon as Oklahoma Baptist defeated Northwestern Oklahoma State 68-52 on Saturday in Great American Conference action.

The green and gold got a standout game from Kalifa Ford, who tallied a game-high 23 points with 10 rebounds. Wing player Mallory Lockhart hit some timely threes and ended up with 12 points while Jaylin Stapleton recorded nine points and a game-high eight assists.

Defensively, the Bison were outstanding. Northwestern came into the game on a seven-game winning streak, including a win over current first-place team and No. 14-ranked SWOSU. The Rangers had made at least 44% from the field in that streak.

However, on Saturday, Northwestern went cold. The OBU defense held the visitors to 27.8% shooting. That was the third-lowest total given up to a D2 team since OBU fully joined NCAA D2 in 2017-18.

In the first, the Bison got off to a strong start hitting seven of 17 shots while knocking down all six free throws. Ford was the key as she made two shots and went 4-for-4 at the foul line.

With those marks, OBU had leads of 7-0 and 19-11. But after giving their starters a breather, the Rangers started a comeback. A 7-0 spurt by the visitors ended with two Bailey Brown free throws with 32 seconds left. That brought the tally to 19-18.

Second-quarter action was tight. The Rangers got down one, 24-23, after a Scout Frame jumper at 8:35. However, OBU's next two possessions brought makes from Ford and Lockhart. Up 28-23, the Bison stayed in front the rest of the quarter and led 34-30 at half.

After the break, the Bison and Rangers traded points for the first five-plus minutes of the third until Lockhart opened things up. OBU's 3-point specialist bombed back-to-back treys moving a 38-35 tally to 44-35 with 3:20 remaining. By quarter's end, the Rangers pulled to within six, 47-41, following another jumper from Frame.

The final period turned out to be all Bison. Northwestern hit just 3-of-14 (21.4%), while the Bison started the period with a game-clinching 11-2 run. The last of those points were three-balls from Stapleton and Lockhart, moving the score to 58-43. Freshman Sierra Copeland then provided the biggest margin, 67-50, when she converted an and-one with 3:17 left.

Next on the schedule for OBU is a road date at Southern Arkansas on Thursday.

This article originally appeared on The Shawnee News-Star: Oklahoma Baptist women rout NWOSU, 68-52