CHICKASHA – The USAO women had little problem fighting the Northwood Knights on Saturday afternoon in their last home game of 2012, leading nearly the entire game before winning it 72-60.
The Drovers (7-2) dominated the game, giving up the lead just once in the first two minutes, but quickly recovering and leading for the remainder of the game.
Rocio Medrano led the team in points, earning 22 in just 16 minutes after hitting seven of 11 shots from the field and eight of her nine free throw attempts.
Senior Krista Ford had 11 points, six rebounds and three assists in the game while Ndeye Ngom had eight points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Coming off the bench for the final six minutes of the game, freshman Jaclyn Downs had scored eight points, shooting 66 percent.
The Drovers, who were up by as much as 22 during the game, won 72-60.
The Drovers shot 44 percent from the field, while keeping the Knights to just 36.4 percent. USAO collected 47 rebounds to Northwood’s 33.
Turnovers were the downfall for Northwood, as the Drovers monopolized on the Knights’ turnovers following them with 39 points.
It was Student Appreciation Day at the USAO Fieldhouse and students from all schools were admitted for free. Chickasha High School Pom Pom squad entertained fans with performances at half.
The Drovers head on the road for three away games to end the calendar year. They play at Southwestern Christian next Saturday and then take on Bacone College the following week. After breaking for the holiday, they will play at Texas Wesleyan on Dec. 31.
They return home for their conference opener on Jan. 3 against No. 8 Rogers State. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The theme for the opening game of 2013 is Crush the Cap Nap, and fans are encouraged to wear their pajamas to the game.