ALVA, OK (February 26, 2005) - The Golden Eagles dropped below .500 for the first time this season, concluding the SAC regular season with a disappointing 68-45 loss at last place Northwestern Oklahoma State. The loss drops the Golden Eagles to 14-15 overall and 6-12 in conference play. The Golden Eagles finished SAC play at seventh place in the conference.
The Golden Eagles led 2-0 early in the first half and trailed the rest of the way. JBU shot 15% from the field in the first half and just 21% for the game, going 14 of 66 from the floor and 7 of 43 from three-point range. The Golden Eagles mustered only 134 first half points.
Northwestern came into the game a wounded animal, closing out a disappointing season with a 1-16 record. The Lady Rangers came out with a mission, shooting well above their season averages. The Lady Ranger’s shot 41% for the game and 47% from long range. Coming into the game Northwestern was shooting just 25% from long distance.
“You have to make shots to win the game, and we didn’t make any shots,” said coach Jeff Soderquist. “Even at the end we got the stops we needed, we just couldn’t make shots.”
Kendra McCormick led the Golden Eagles with 12 points and junior Alicia Baer had 11.
Erin Goss led Northwestern and all scorers with 21, while guard Tara Baker chipped in 12 and Otisha Brown had 11 for the Lady Rangers. The Lady Rangers finish in last place in the SAC with a 2-16 conference record.
The Golden Eagles finish the season in seventh place in the SAC. They will open play in the Sooner Athletic Conference on Friday at 4 p.m. against Oklahoma Christian University.