SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist got career highs from Charissa Price and Kadesha Cooper and rallied from a double-figure deficit to beat Northwestern Oklahoma State 98-89 in overtime Thursday.
The Lady Bison trailed by as many as 13 in the second quarter and were down 44-35 at the half.
OBU trailed by as many as 11 in the third quarter before tying the game on a Price three-pointer, 60-60. Northwestern scored late for a 63-60 lead going into the fourth quarter.
"I thought we played in our comfort zone in the first half and we didn't play well enough to be in the lead," said OBU Coach Casi Bays. "I saw a different team in the second half. We were fighting and executing. I was really proud of Kadesha and Charissa coming off the bench and giving us the spark we needed."
Kadesha Cooper went on a personal 5-0 run with two of her most athletic layups of the season for a 68-66 lead with 5:54 to play.
The game stayed close from there but the Lady Bison needed a McKenzie Cooper layup with 15 seconds left in regulation and a huge defensive stop to send the game to overtime.
OBU surrendered the first basket in overtime but scored the next six – all by Autumn Avina who played deftly with four fouls – for an 86-82 lead.
Tasha Edge killed Lady Ranger momentum with a big three-pointer with 2:08 left in the extra frame.
Northwestern got within 89-87 but McKenzie Cooper converted a three-point play to start a 9-2 OBU run, including 7-7 from the free throw line.
McKenzie Cooper scored 23 to lead OBU, followed by Price with 19, Kadesha Cooper with 16, Lexi Williams with 15, Avina with 13 and Edge with 12. Edge had nine rebounds and Avina had five assists.
The Lady Bison return to action Saturday in Durant, taking on Southeastern Oklahoma State in a 1 p.m. contest.