WARNER—Connors State had little trouble with visiting Arkansas Baptist Monday night at Melvin Self Field advancing to the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region II Tournament Thursday with a 61-41 victory in the play-in game.
The Cowgirls (15-15) will play the No. 1 seed Northern Oklahoma-Enid (25-3) at 3 p.m. in Shawnee at Oklahoma Baptist University. Arkansas Baptist ends its season at 7-22.
"I thought we had a great start, something we haven't done lately," said Cowgirls Coach Jamie Fisher. "We just stayed on them. That second half is hard to play when you are up 20 points. We were working on a few things during the second half for the Regional Tournament.
"Getting this win is big for us. We are a momentum team. If we just stay focus entering the quarterfinals…I told the girls "Why Not us"...why can't we be the ones to knock people off," said Fisher.
It starts with NOC-Enid and the Cowgirls, although losing twice to the Jets in the regular season, fell to the Enid 67-54 in their last meeting.
"This is the third year in a row to reach the region tournament and one of our goals to reach the semifinals, "said Fisher. " Now we are going to give Enid all we got."
Shaniqua Patterson and Vicky Duru led the Cowgirls assault against Arkansas Baptist with 14 points each, while Lauren Wright came off the bench to add 12 more in the victory. Koutney Collins led Arkansas Baptist's scoring with 11 points.
Connors had no trouble with Arkansas Baptist in the second half, cruising to its largest lead 26 points and 58-32 with 6:39 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Cowgirls behind Patterson and Lauren Wright with 10 points each in the half, led by 10 after the first quarter 21-11 and by 21 after two quarters, 38-18. The Buffaloes managed only seven points in the second quarter.
Other women's quarterfinals games on Thursday will have Redlands (20-9) meeting Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa (10-16) at 1 p.m., Seminole State (17-10) playing Murray State (11-17) at 8 p.m., and Northeastern A&M (20-8) will play Western State (13-16) at 6 p.m. Western State advanced after defeating Eastern State a97-51 Monday night.
The Connors Cowboys will play on Wednesday at 6 p.m. against the winner of the Western State and Arkansas Baptist contest which was played late Monday night.
CONNORS STATE 61, ARKANSAS BAPTIST 41
Arkansas Baptist 11 7 12 11—41
Connors State 21 18 15 7 -61
Arkansas Baptist (7-22)—Collins 11, Pettiford 9, Williams 5, Brice 5, Egbe 4, Knighten 4, Hopkins 3
Connors State (15-15)—Patterson 14, Duru 14, La. Wright 12, T. Jones 6, Webster 5, Ludlow 5, Marshall 3, La Wright 2.