Central Okla. wins overtime clash
Harper leads Bronchos’ attack scoring 18 points
EDMOND, Okla. -- Central Oklahoma parlayed 16 offensive rebounds into 16 second-chance points, and the Bronchos stunned No. 6 Northeastern State, 77-71 in overtime on Saturday afternoon.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 Clayton State 86, No. 15 USC-Aiken 76|
|No. 3 Edinboro 87, Clarion 51|
|Southern Conn. St. 63, No. 5 Bentley 59|
|Cent. Okla. 77, No. 6 NE State 71 OT|
|No. 7 Wayne St. (Neb.) 59, Concordia-St. Paul 54|
|No. 9 Ashland 71, Findlay 55|
|No. 19 Fla. South. 59, No. 10 Rollins 56|
|No. 14 Washburn 60, Missouri W. St. 55|
|No. 16 Pittsburg St. 72, Central Mo. 67|
|Truman 78, No. 17 Emporia St. 60|
|No. 17 IUP 57, Slippery Rock 42|
|No. 20 Gannon 73, Lock Haven 64|
Despite playing with only nine in uniform, UCO improved to 13-8. NSU had its 11-game winning streak snapped and fell to 17-2.
The Bronchos had a chance to win the game in regulation. With the contest knotted for the 10th time at 65-65 on Cristy Nitz' layup with 23 seconds to go, UCO's Chelsea Robinson and Heather Davis missed short-range jumpers in the paint to force the extra session.
In overtime, NSU scored the first four points on Sarah Green's layup and a pair of free throws from Carrington Fox. However, Davis converted two free throws, Autumn Huffman made a layup and Courtney Harper drilled a trey to put Central Oklahoma ahead for good at 72-69.
The RiverHawks jumped ahead early and led by a dozen in the first half before the Bronchos rallied for a 37-35 halftime edge. NSU opened the second half with a 14-5 spurt to build a 49-42 lead with 11:49 remaining and Megan Fraley scoring five of those points.
Once again, UCO answered with seven consecutive points to tie the game at 49-49.
Despite the loss, Nitz scored a career-high 23 for the RiverHawks and collected a game-high nine rebounds. Jasmine Wright chipped in 15 and Taylor Lewis added 11.
Harper paced UCO with 18, Davis added 16 and Jill Bryan poured in 12.