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NSU returns home to host rivals Central Oklahoma

Published 12/4/17

Game 8: Northeastern State (4-3, 1-1 MIAA) vs. Central Oklahoma (6-1, 1-1 MIAA) at 5:30 p.m. | December 5, 2017
Tahlequah, Okla. | NSU Event Center
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The Series 
Tuesday's meeting will be the 62nd between Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State and dates back to the 1978 AIAW Tournament.  The RiverHawks have won six of the last seven home meetings with the Bronchos.  Central Oklahoma snapped a six game home streak for the RiverHawks last season with a 43-39 win despite NSU holding UCO to 23.6-percent shooting which was their best effort since Nov. 13, 2015 against Northwestern Oklahoma.

The Coaches
Fala Bullock is in her first season as head coach and was named to lead her alma mater on April 1, 2017 to replace Randy Gipson who retired after 18 years.  With six years of head coaching experience, Bullock is 102-77 overall and within conference play she is 62-54.  She has spent the last four seasons (2013-17) as head coach at NCAA Division II Armstrong State University, where she recorded a career mark of 60-52.  In her first season at Armstrong State, she led the Pirates to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history, and reached the Sweet 16. 

Bullock played for Gipson for two seasons, and was a graduate assistant under Gipson from 2004 to 2006.  As student-athlete, Bullock played in 57 games and NSU went 36-19, winning the 2003 Lone Star Conference Tournament, and made the program's first NCAA Tournament berth.   As a member of Gipson's coaching staff, NSU reached the Sweet 16 in 2004, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2006.

Guy Hardaker (214-121) is in his 12th season at Central Oklahoma and has led UCO to five Division II national tournament appearances. Hardaker was a three-year baseball star at UCO from 1982-84 and was taken in the 10th round by the Phillies in 1983 and spent two years playing in the minor leagues, reaching as high as the Triple A level

Last Time Out for NSU 
NSU freshman Cenia Hayes had six big points down the home stretch in an 8-0 rally during the fourth quarter but they would come up short, 64-60, on Saturday at Missouri Western.  Hayes led the RiverHawks with 11 points and she had a team high seven rebounds. Alexis Hill had a perfect afternoon connecting on all four of her shots for nine points, and Destiny Strange scored nine with five boards.

Last Time Out for UCO 
Madison Lee and Shatoya Bryson hit 3-pointers to spark a game-ending 10-1 run that propelled Central Oklahoma to come-from-behind 57-53 win over Northwest Missouri here Saturday afternoon. The Bronchos trailed most of the game and overcame a 14-point first-half deficit in bouncing back from their first loss of the season Thursday at Missouri Western. 

Go Long
NSU junior Cailyn Long a returning All-MIAA performer has averaged 15.4 points per game in her last five outings, and has sunk just over five three pointers a game during that span.  In just over two seasons, Long has 683 career points, and has sank 113 three-pointers.

After seven games this season, the RiverHawks are third in the MIAA with 7.9 three-pointers per game, and they are second in the league at the arc with a 37.4 shooting percentage.  Cailyn Long is second in the MIAA at the arc with 48.6-percent of her shots coming down, and averages 2.6 a game.

A NSU win would…
  • Move NSU to 3-0 at home this season.
  • Longest home winning streak since the 2014-15 season (5). 
  • Match the RiverHawks' MIAA 2016-17 win total.
A UCO win would…
  • Be the third win in a row over the RiverHawks
  • Move Head Coach Guy Hardaker to 12-15 against Northeastern State.
  • Back-to-back road wins over NSU for the first time since 2008 and 2009.
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The RiverHawks will be at home on Saturday to host Southwest Baptist at 1:30 p.m.
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