EL RENO-----Connors Cowgirls saw a 17-point lead evaporate into an overtime contest against Redlands Community College Monday night.
The result was a 74-70 loss to the host Cougars.
"Offensively we scored early, but defensively late in the game we didn't do the job," said Cowgirls head coach Jamie Fisher. "We just have to put 40 minutes of play together. If we do that we'll be a dangerous team.
"But we have to put the little things together to win," said Fisher.
Cowgirls are now 14-10 for the season and drop to 6-6 in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Redlands improves to 18-8 and 5-7.
Leading 34-17 with 2:56 in the second quarter, Connors held on for a 35-21 advantage at the half.
Redlands came out and attacked the Cowgirls, tying the game at 45-all with 57 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Cougars then scored three unanswered points to end the quarter to take a 48-45 advantage.
The game was back and forth in the fourth quarter before Vicky Duru, who scored 17points to lead the Cowgirls, tied the game at 65-all when she drained the second of two free throws to send it into overtime.
However, the Cougars outscored the Cowgirls 9-4 in the overtime.
Trailing Duru in the scoring was Shaniqua Patterson with 16 and Aniya Webster added 11 more.
Reneya Hopkins led Redlands with 28, followed by Brooklyn Judkins with 13 and Karyssa Jackson 11 points.
Cowgirls dominated the first half cruising to a 35-22 lead at the half on six 3-point buckets in the opening 20 minutes;
Connors dominated the boards, while holding the Cougars to just two treys in the half. Connors lead 14-8 after the first period and streak to a 17 point advantage 27-14 with 6:33 left in the half, Connors largest lead of the half.
Cowgirls will return home to play rival Northeastern A&M at Mel Self Field House on Thursday. Tip-off is5:30 p.m. Connors dfeated the Lady Norse in their first meeting at Miami, 51-47 on January 14th.
REDLANDS CC 74, CONNORS STATE 70 (0T)
Connors State 14 21 10 20 5 –70
Redlands 9 13 26 17 9--74
Connors State (14-10, 6-6)--Duru 17, Patterson 16, A. Webster 11, Motley 9, t. Jones 5, Marshall 4, Ludlow 2.
Redlands CC (18-7, 5-7)—Hopkins 28, Judkins 13, Jackson 11, Newberry 6, Lovings 5t, Dixon 4.