As of Wednesday night, the Crowder Lady Roughriders once again led NJCAA Division I with 393 free throw attempts after 13 games this season, just two attempts ahead of Northwest in 13 games.
Crowder ranks second in the nation in free throws made, with the Lady ‘Riders 19 behind Northwest at 258 makes. Crowder shoots 65.6 percent collectively from the stripe.
A wild and crazy 83-66 loss to Labette (Kansas) on Tuesday night ended Crowder’s four-game winning streak and the Lady ‘Riders take a 9-4 overall record into Friday’s opening night action of the Roughrider Classic, with Crowder hosting rival Northeastern Oklahoma A&M at 7 p.m.
Crowder owns a 4-1 record in the confines of Bob Sneller Gymnasium, with the only loss one point (61-60) against a Northern Oklahoma-Enid team receiving votes in the NJCAA-I national poll.
The Lady ‘Riders play Eastern Oklahoma at 3 p.m. Saturday in the second and final day of play.
— Northeastern Oklahoma enters Friday 8-3 on the season and on a three-game winning streak including victories over Arkansas Baptist (80-44), Connors State (66-60), and Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa (69-53).
The Lady Norse are led by a pair of guards each averaging near 13.5 points a night — freshman Megan Jackson at 13.4 and sophomore Mikayla Shulanberger 13.3. Both of them are capable 3-point shooters — Shulanberger averaging two makes per game and Jackson 1.6.
Jackson has scored in double-digits every game except for one this season and Shulanberger has nearly been as consistent in double-digits as Jackson, every game but two for the sophomore.
Freshman wing Behty Mununga averages 11.5 points and 9.4 rebounds and sophomore center Mariam Gnanou nine points and 8.1 rebounds.
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M’s losses have been against Angelina (68-56), State Fair (67-52), and Panola (84-41). Angelina is ranked No. 24 in NJCAA-I.
— Crowder and Eastern Oklahoma have already met once before this season, on November 4 and Crowder rocked and rolled to a 102-75 victory in Harrison, Arkansas.
In that contest, Crowder enjoyed an epic night at the stripe, finishing 36 for 45 (80 percent), a good reason the Lady ‘Riders ascended into the national lead in free throw makes and attempts.
Crowder had 12 players enter the scoring column in that game and four players finished in double-digits, Zahria White 19, Alex Vogt 18, and Coley Ickes and Tori Coulter 10 each.
Eastern Oklahoma managed five players in double-digits — Cachet Johnson 17 points, Kristian Davis 16, Macey McKee 14, and A’Breon Jackson and Murrellene Woodson 11 each.
Eastern Oklahoma owns a 5-7 record, dropping four of its last five games including a pair of losses where opponents scored over 100 points against them, Seminole State 108 and Collin County 101.
Eastern Oklahoma averages nearly 78 points per game offensively, but the defense has surrendered at least 90 points in six games.
Five different players average double-digits in scoring: Johnson 15.3, Davis 13.5, Jackson 12.4, McKee 10.8, and Woodson 10.2. McKee is the long-range bomber on the squad, hitting 2.6 trifectas per game and accounting for half of the team’s 3-point goals.
Davis averages a double-double, with 12.3 rebounds per contest.
— White leads Crowder with averages of 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, and she comes off 25 points and nine rebounds Tuesday against Labette. She’s shooting 51.7 percent from the floor and 50.6 percent from the line.
Coming off the bench, Coulter averages 10.2 points with her specialty being mostly perimeter shooting and she leads the Lady ‘Riders with nearly two 3-point makes per game. Coulter’s two-point night Tuesday ended a four-game streak of double-digit nights for No. 10, and her double-digit nights coincided with Crowder’s four-game winning streak.
Mack averages 9.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and over two steals per contest, and earlier this season, the sophomore point guard earned Region 16 Division I player of the week honors.
Starters Crawford, Vogt, and Ickes average from 8.4 to 7.7 points — Crawford 8.4, Vogt 8.0, and Ickes 7.7.
Other bench players than Coulter have had big nights this season, like freshmen Maegan Bandimere, Bethaney Gilkey, Aubrie Ayers, and Elle Williams.
Former Neosho standout and freshman Sydney Linny has averaged 2.2 points in the first five games of her collegiate career.