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RiverHawks face Sooners in women’s basketball exhibition

11/6/18

Opening Tip 
  • All Night Long by Lionel Richie was a number-1 hit the last time Northeastern State and Oklahoma met on a basketball court in 1983.
  • The RiverHawks return home to open the regular season with MIAA/GAC Challenge on Nov. 9-10 in Tahlequah.
  • Outside of Big 12 play this season, the RiverHawks are the lone team scheduled to face both OSU and OU. 
  • The first six contests this season are inside the state of Oklahoma. 
RiverHawks vs. Sooners Series
  • Northeastern State will face Oklahoma for the first time since 1983.
  • The RiverHawks lone trip to Norman came on December 5, 1983.
  • Both of the first two meetings with the Sooners came in Edmond.
  • Northeastern State beat the Sooners in the OAIAW Tournament on Feb. 28, 1976.
About the Sooners
  • Oklahoma was picked fifth in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches' Poll.
  • Shaina Pellington was been named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team.  Pellington, the 2018 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, averaged 13.1 points per game and posted a .492 field goal percentage last season.
  • The Sooners finished the 2017-18 season with a 16-15 record and went 11-7 in the Big 12.  
  • Oklahoma qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year and was knocked out by DePaul, 90-79 in the opening round.
NSU in Exhibitions 
  • Since the 2011-12 season, the RiverHawks have played in eight exhibition contests.
  • Northeastern State has not faced the Sooners in exhibition play.
  • During that span they are 1-7 with a win at home over John Brown (Nov. 1, 2013).
  • Last season the RiverHawks led Arkansas 38-35 at the half and was up 62-59 with 6:44 left in the fourth quarter.
  • Head Coach Fala Bullock does have a Division I exhibition win while she was at Armstrong State.  Her Pirates beat Savannah State 72-68 in overtime on Nov. 7, 2016.
Looking Back
  • Northeastern State fell 70-37 in their exhibition opener at Oklahoma State
  • This was the third meeting between the RiverHawks and Cowgirls.
  • The RiverHawks in the second half went 3-for-22 from the field.
  • NSU forced 13 Oklahoma State turnovers.
  • Trailed 11-10 out of the first quarter.
Ignoring the Polls
Out of 14 teams, Northeastern State was picked 12th in the MIAA Preseason Coaches poll and 13th the media.

Closing on 1,000
Cailyn Long will open her senior season 115 points away from Northeastern State's 1,000 point club.  The Sparta, Mo. is a two-time All-MIAA selection and has averaged 11.3 points a game in her three-year career at NSU.
  • Long started and had four points with four rebounds in the exhibition at Oklahoma State
Crashing the Boards
Bailee Eldred paced the RiverHawks with 138 rebounds last season and had four double-double contests.  In her collegiate career between NSU and Murray State, Eldred has 408 rebounds and 717 points.   In the NSU record book, only eight players have surpassed 500 career rebounds
  • Eldred led Northeastern State with 11 points at OSU.
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