Montana St. Northern 65, Oklahoma Baptist 62
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) _ Wendy Badgett scored all of her 13 points in the second half as Montana State Northern rallied for a 65-62 victory over Oklahoma Baptist Thursday in the opening round of the NAIA Division I tournament.
The 12th-seeded Skylights (24-4) will meet Lipscomb Friday in the second round, while unseeded Oklahoma Baptist (21-12) lost in its first trip to the national tournament.
Montana State Northern trailed 38-27 before Badgett, who averages five points a game, started scoring. She capped the comeback with a steal and a three-point play for the Skylights’ first lead at 59-58 with 1:35 left.
The Skylights then hit 6-of-10 at the free throw line down the stretch to seal the victory.
Stacy Barnes led Montana State Northern with 14 points, and Jodi Kruta added 10.
Carmen Ronne and Carrie Moss each had 13 points in leading the Lady Bison. Jennifer Harjo had 10.