Fox’s career game lifts NSU to huge win

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(Peter Henshaw)
(Peter Henshaw)
Updated: 12/18/2012 10:14 pm Published: 12/18/2012 10:12 pm

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Northeastern State women’s basketball team capped the first half of the season with a 79-41 victory over the University of Arkansas at Monticello Tuesday night at Jack Dobbins Field House.

The RiverHawks (6-4) were led by senior guard Taylor Lewis, who knocked down a season-best six trey’s and finished with 18 points. Junior forward Carrington Fox notched career highs in both rebounds and assists as she finished with 11 points, nine boards, six dimes, and four blocks.

NSU (6-4) made its first six three-point attempts of the contest and jumped out to a commanding 32-9 lead after 11 minutes.

Northeastern State coach Randy Gipson replaced all five starters for the final 8:44 of the first half, and the reserves held the lead at 38-21 heading into intermission.

Gipson made sure all 10 dressed players received sufficient playing time, and they responded well as every RiverHawk played at least 15 minutes and scored at least four points.

NSU outscored the Cotton Blossoms 41-20 in the second half as the home team cruised to the 38-point win. The spread was the largest margin of victory for Northeastern State since a 78-39 triumph over North Alabama on Nov. 7, 2009 (39 points).

Northeastern State shot 56 percent from the field (33-for-59), 52 percent from downtown (11-for-21) and 2 of 3 from the free-throw line. UAM shot just 35 percent from the field (17-for-48), 14 percent from beyond the arc (2-for-14) and 63 percent from the line (5-for-8).

The RiverHawks outrebounded the Cotton Blossoms 39-21, while recording 26 assists and a season-low eight turnovers.

Senior guard Tosha Tyler added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists for NSU. Demetra Howlingwolf led the Cotton Blossoms (2-7) with 12 points.

Story courtesy of NSU media relations.

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