BARTLESVILLE – Oklahoma Baptist, six days removed from being blown out by Southwestern, pushed the No. 15 Bulldogs to the fourth quarter before falling, 80-72 in the first round of the Great American Conference Tournament Thursday.
OBU had a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter before Southwestern stormed back.
"We stopped doing what we did to take the lead and stopped taking the shots we needed to take," said OBU Coach Casi Bays. "We just didn't do the things we needed to do."
Shaylan Coleman had 28 points and McKenzie Cooper threw in 17, recording a double-double with 10 rebounds. Tasha Edge had eight points to go with a team-best 11 rebounds.
Out-rebounded by 30 in their last meeting with SWOSU, the Lady Bison matched the Bulldogs with 15 in the first quarter to keep things close. OBU trailed 17-13 after one quarter.
OBU fell behind by eight at one point in the second quarter but Cooper scored seven points in a 14-5 Lady Bison run for a 38-37 lead with 1:12 left in the half. Southwestern rallied for a 41-38 halftime advantage.
Coleman had 15 points in the first half.
OBU fell behind by five before Coleman had a three-point play, McKenzie Cooper drained a three-pointer and Tasha Edge scored inside for a 50-47 Lady Bison lead at the media timeout of the third quarter while the defense got stops with rebounds, a block and a steal.
Coleman added a stick-back for a 52-47 lead and a 10-0 run.
SWOSU missed 15 consecutive field goals in the third quarter, shot 12 percent for the quarter and OBU took a 59-53 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs missed the first three shots of the fourth quarter and OBU took a 63-53 lead with 8:30 to go.
The Lady Bison opened the fourth quarter with the first 10 points, including three-pointers by Cooper and Lexi Williams for a 69-53 lead.
Southwestern scored the next 25 points to take a 78-69 lead.
The game was the last for Lady Bison seniors Edge, Williams and Haley Ballard.
"Lexi and Tasha did great things for our program and set us on a good path for Division II," Bays said. "Haley was a good role model on the team."