WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Southwestern Oklahoma State celebrated one of its biggest wins in school history with a stunning 85-82 victory against No. 1 Arkansas Tech on Thursday.
Darcie Dick had 26 points and MaRiah Oyler added 17 as the Bulldogs buried the Golden Suns early and held off a late-game charge for the dramatic victory. It was the first win against a top-ranked team in school history.
SWOSU wasted no time asserting control against ATU heating up from long range early. Dick hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Oyler, along with sister, SaRaya Oyler drilled deep buckets. SWOSU went on a 16-2 run and forged a 43-22 leadwith 3:28 to play in the first half.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|SW Oklahoma St. 85, No. 1 Arkansas Tech 82|
|Hillsdale 67, No. 6 Wayne State (Mich.) 58|
|No. 12 Northeastern State 59, Central Okla. 40|
|No. 15 Ashland 77, Tiffin 75 OT|
|No. 16 Cal Poly Pomona 83, Humboldt State 79|
|No. 19 Michigan Tech 83, Lake Superior St. 53|
|No. 23 UW-Parkside 79, Illinois-Springfield 42|
|Northern Kentucky 52, No. 24 Missouri S&T 34|
The Bulldogs led by more than 20 points through the first three minutes of the second half before the Golden Suns began their rally. ATU went on a 20-4 run and when Natalia Santos scored with 9:22 remaining SWOSU’s lead was trimmed to 60-54.
The Bulldogs bounced back and pushed the lead to 14 so they were able to withstand one final push by ATU. The Golden Suns scored 20 points in the last four minutes and got within one at 83-82, when Lindsey Root scored with five seconds to play.
MaRiah Oyler was then fouled and made both of her free throw attempts with just 0.8 seconds showing on the clock.
SWOSU also got double figure scoring from Madison Cabaniss with 11 and SaRaya Oyler with 10.
The Bulldogs finished the game making 30 of 71 shots from the floor, including a sizzling 13-29 from 3-point range for 45 percent.
ATU made 32 of 55 shots for 55 percent from the field. The Golden Suns were 6-11 for 55 percent from three and 12-15 from the line for 80 percent. The Golden Suns, now 9-1 on the year, were led by Natalia Santos with 21 points.
SWOSU out rebounded ATU 36-34 and forced the Golden Suns into seven more turnovers 20-13.