ALTUS–Connors State had too many turnovers and missed shots at the Pioneer Dome Monday as the Cowgirls fell to Western State 69-55 in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
Connors falls to 14-14 on the season and 6-9 in league action. Western improves to 12-15 and 6-9. Connors concludes its regular season play at home Thursday night against Seminole State. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m.
The victory gave the Pioneers a sweep of the Cowgirls on the year, winning the earlier contest 68-60.
"Once again we didn't play four quarters," said Coach Jamie Fisher. "We didn't play much defense and then they went to the free throw line 30 times and hit 28. Credit them for knocking them down.
"I told the girls you are not going to beat anybody when you let them shoot 30 free throws on you."
The Cowgirls lost its two leading scorers in the fourth quarter when they committed their fifth foul. The first to go was Shaniqua Patterson, who finished with a game high 19 points, at the 7:26 mark. Vicky Duru who finished with 15 points went out at the 3:18 mark of the final period.
Connors was never able to recover after the both left the game. Western took charge streaking to an 18-point advantage with 2:35 remaining 65-47 behind Chiawna Johnson's and Ariel Williams' 17 points, Delcia Brown, Paradize Jackson and Caitlin Gillespie each scored nine points in the win.
The closest the Cowgirls came in the final half was three points 32-29 with 7:07 left in the third quarter.
Cowgirls had problems with Western's zone press the opening 20 minutes trailing 32-21 at the intermission.
Western's largest lead of the half was 14 points 29-15 at the 2:10 mark of the second quarter. Pioneers' Williams led the attack with 11 points.
Patterson led the Cowgirls with nine points. Connors only lead of the half was at the 9:10 mark of the first quarter on a bucket by Patterson to open the scoring.
CONNORS STATE 55, WESTERN STATE 69
Connors State 7 12 17 17--55
Western State 14 18 15 22--69
Connors State (14-14, 6-9)—Patterson 19, Dury 15, Marshall 7, White 5, Motley 4, Webster 3, T. Jones 2.
Western State (12-15, 6-9)—Williams 17, Johnson 17, Brown 9, Jackson 9, Gillespie 9, Rogers 4, Armstrong 2, Young 2.