The Northeastern State women's basketball team grinded out a 64-48 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State University Tuesday night at Jack Dobbins Field House in the home opener of the 2012-13 season.
The RiverHawks (3-1) won their third-straight game, and the Rangers fell to 0-3 on the season.
Senior guard Tosha Tyler led the home team with 15 points of 5-of-6 shooting. She knocked down two triples, hit all three free-throw attempts and grabbed five rebounds in 28 minutes. Fellow senior guard Taylor Lewis added 12 points.
Titania Simmons was the only Ranger to hit double figures, as she finished with 12. Dierra Gilmore added nine points and seven boards for the visitors.
NSU jumped on top 11-0 in the first three minutes of action, and it looked like the rout would be on. Northwestern Oklahoma State would not go down easily, however, as the road side used a 12-5 run to get within four at the 11:36 mark.
The RiverHawks stretched their lead out to 10 late in the opening half, and they took a 33-26 advantage into halftime.
The Rangers came out of the locker room on fire, using a quick 5-0 run to get within two. The two teams battled back and forth for the first seven minutes of the second half, and NWOSU held firm trailing just two at 40-38 with 13:36 remaining.
Northeastern State turned things around in the blink of an eye, as three quick trey's from senior forward Sarah Green and sophomore guards Chelsey Stricklen and Fontana Tate blew the game wide open.
The Rangers were never able to recover from the quick spurt, and the RiverHawks ballooned their lead out to 20 points before securing the 64-48 triumph.
NSU shot 45 percent from the field and 32 percent (7-for-22) from downtown. The team also converted 13 of 17 free throws (77 percent).
NWOSU held the advantage in bench scoring (28-15), but Northeastern State had more points in the paint (24-10), points off turnovers (17-8) and points on the fast break (10-2).
The Rangers shot just 33 percent from the field, 31 percent from behind the arc (7-for-23) and 88 percent from the charity stripe (7-for-8).
The RiverHawks are now set for a treacherous three-game slate that sees the team meeting three ranked foes. NSU will first travel to No. 21 Tarleton State for a 5 p.m. tip Nov. 24. The team will also travel to No. 25 Drury (7 p.m. Nov. 28) and then come back to Jack Dobbins Field House to play host to No. 20 Emporia State (5:30 p.m. Dec. 5).