Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 5, 2009) - The JBU women’s basketball team picked up a much needed win on Thursday night after defeating conference rival Northwestern Okla. State 62-53 in Murray Sells. The win moves the ladies to 11-12 overall and 5-10 in the SAC.
Ashley Taylor paced JBU with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Chelsea Garrison and Micaela Cully both added 12 to round out the double-digit scoring.
D’Shanna Butler finished with 14 points and a dozen boards to lead NOSU (9-12, 4-11).
The score remained close throughout the first half until the 4:56 mark when Cully sparked a 10-2 run to close out the half and give JBU a 34-21 lead before the break.
In the second half, JBU maintained the pressure and increased their lead by as many as 16 with 13:15 left in the game.
NOSU responded with a mini run to cut the deficit down to 10, 38-48, after a Claudia Vasquez freethrow, but JBU quickly countered and pushed it back to 16, 59-43, with under 2:00 minutes left. That gave JBU the cushion to hold on for the nine point win.
On the night, JBU finished shooting 22-of-57 (39%) from the floor overall but struggled from long distance only hitting 5-of-24 (21%) attempts.
For NOSU, they finished 17-of-55 (31%) on the night but also struggled from long range only hitting 25% (7-of-28) of their attempts.
The rebounding edge went to NOSU 40-39, but JBU managed to force 20 turnovers while committing 18.
Up next, JBU travels to Oklahoma Christian for a Saturday game at 6 p.m.