Strong second half pushes Lady Bulldogs to victory

WEATHERFOD, Okla. – The Lady Bulldogs outscored Northwestern by 13 points in the second half including a plus-nine margin in the fourth quarter to beat the rival Rangers 80-65 on Monday night. SWOSU had five players score in double figures in a team effort offensively to help lead the Dawgs to the victory.

SWOSU led by as many as 10 in the first half but saw their lead dwindle to just two by the end of the first half and went into the locker room leading 32-30. Savannah Gray led the first half charge with her team-high nine points through the first two quarters, stretching the floor with three deep balls. The defense stepped up to hold NWOSU to just 26% shooting from the floor, and blocked five shots as a team in the half. Poor foul shooting kept SWOSU from establishing a bigger lead in the opening half, as the Dawgs shot just 3-of-12 from the charity stripe.
After a lackluster second quarter of shooting from the field, SWOSU came out of halftime rejuvenated and shot 44% (8-for-18) and 62% (8-for-13) the in the final two quarters respectively. From the end of the third quarter, from where Taylor Hedrick knocked down both of her free throws in the final scoring of the quarter to the 8:17 mark of the fourth and final quarter, the Dawgs went on a 10-0 run to jump out to a 14-point lead behind more scoring from Hedrick and with the aid of a Hailey Tucker 30-foot three ball.
The Rangers would immediately answer with a 6-0 run to get within eight at 62-54, but SWOSU would answer and push the margin back to double digits for nearly the remainder of the game. The Dawgs were led in the fourth quarter by Tucker’s nine points, as the sophomore scored 11 of her 17 in the second half.
Whitney Dunn had a career night in scoring after collecting 18 points while coming down with 10 rebounds to earn herself the third double-double of her season. Tucker ended with 17, followed by Gray’s 14, Hayden Priddy’s 12 and Hedrick’s 10 coming off the bench. Tucker also grabbed 11 rebounds for the ninth double-double of her season.
SWOSU (15-8, 11-6 GAC) will now look to extract revenge on Oklahoma Baptist, who will come to Weatherford on Thursday for another 5:30 pm tip off.
The Lady Bulldogs fell to OBU 81-79 in their last meeting after failing to get a game-tying or winning shot away with just seconds on the clock.

Bulldogs trip up Rangers

WEATHERFORD, Okla. – SWOSU outscored Northwestern Oklahoma State 36-18 over the final 14:36 to overcome a 12-point deficit and pick up a 73-67 rivalry victory on Monday night at the Pioneer Cellular Event Center in Weatherford.
SWOSU got 23 points from senior Markeise Champion and a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds from Devin Pugh, with the duo scoring the final nine points of the game for the Bulldogs. They also helped the Dawgs come back after going down 49-37 on a three-pointer by NWOSU’s Cody Halvorson with 14:36 to play.
Champion and Pugh scored every point of a 10-0 run by the Bulldogs that got SWOSU within two at 49-47 with 12:00 minutes to play on a Champion three pointer.
The Bulldogs finally got the score squared up at 54-54 before Pugh hit the second of back-to-back three’s to give SWOSU their first lead of the game at 57-56 with 8:38 to play. Northwestern regained the lead and had a three-point edge of 62-59 with 4:29 to play until another 10-0 run by the Bulldogs – highlighted by two spectacular three-point makes from Champion – pushed SWOSU to the brink of victory with a 69-62 edge and less than one minute to play.
“This was a great gut-check win for our guys to overcome a 12-point deficit in the second half,” SWOSU Head Coach Bob Battisti said. “Our senior leader, Markeise Champion, played like a senior who wanted to win his last rivalry game and he and Devin Pugh made winning plays tonight. Hopefully that ignites us for the last five games of the season.”
SWOSU (6-17, 3-14 GAC) returns to action on Thursday evening, hosting Oklahoma Baptist at the Pioneer Cellular Event Center in a game set to tip off at 7:30 pm.

Softball team wins all weekend games

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – SWOSU Softball built a 5-0 lead over Missouri S&T on Sunday morning but the Bulldogs still had to overcome a six-run deficit to earn a 13-11 victory to complete a perfect 4-0 weekend at the Midwestern State Round Robin in Wichita Falls.
The final scheduled game for the Bulldogs was cancelled due to field conditions at the second field being used for games.
SWOSU appeared to put themselves in a great position with five runs on five hits in the top of the second to build an early 5-0 lead. The inning was highlighted by a three-run home run from Tori Hawk, but SWOSU also got an RBI double from Rileigh Ricken and an RBI single from Angelica Davidson to contribute to the lead.
Missouri S&T got two runs back on four hits in the third, but Ricken got a strikeout with the bases loaded to keep the damage minimal. The same could not be said for the fourth inning, when the Miners seized control of the game with nine runs on four hits in an ugly inning that included three errors by the Bulldogs. When the smoke had cleared, S&T had an 11-5 advantage with three frames to play.
The Bulldogs started their comeback in the top of the fifth, when Hawk scored an unearned run by stealing home to make it 11-6. Samantha Householder drew a walk to lead off the seventh inning, setting the stage for Kaytlin Donaldson to hit her second home run of the season, a two-run blast to center that gave the Bulldogs a 12-11 lead with no outs in the inning. After one walk and two hit batters, SWOSU had the bases loaded for Ricken, who came through with a sacrifice fly that scored Miranda West and provided an insurance run for the Bulldogs.
Taya Haney worked around two walks in the bottom of the seventh and got the final two batters of the game to fly out and finish off the Bulldogs fourth straight victory.
“It was a good weekend for our team,” first-year head coach Kim Maher said. “The team found a way to come back and they proved to themselves that they know how to fight for a win.”
The victory completes the weekend sweep for the Bulldogs, who improve to 6-4 on the year, the SWOSU Softball program’s best 10-game record to start a season since 2012.
SWOSU now has a weekend off before playing their first home games of the season and opening Great American Conference play on February 24-25 against Harding.

Baseball starts season with four straight wins

WEATHERFORD, Okla. – SWOSU Baseball split their opening-series doubleheader on Friday against Cameron in two high-scoring affairs out at the Athletic Complex. The Dawgs erased an eight-run deficit in the final three innings to win game one, but dropped the second game after falling behind 9-1 and being unable to dig themselves out of the hole that was dug.

SWOSU 18, Cameron 16
Both teams came out swinging and continued to do so all game, as the wind howled out to left center field for great hitting weather with a combined 34 runs and 30 hits between the two teams. Cameron jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning which was immediately answered with three Bulldogs runs in the bottom half of the opening frame. The Aggies responded with six more in inning two and added one extra in the fourth before SWOSU would score another three spot in the bottom half once more.
It was in the top of the sixth that Cameron threw its final blow, scoring five runs on five hits to grab a 14-7 lead. After SWOSU went quiet in the sixth, the Aggies added another run for what seemed like insurance.
The Bulldogs would buckle down and respond with a punch of their own in the bottom of the seventh, taking advantage of two errors and two walks to score six runs while collecting two timely hits to get within two runs at 15-13. After a scoreless Aggie eighth, SWOSU got their bats going again this time putting up five more runs on three hits and a costly Aggie error that allowed three of the five runs to be unearned in the inning.
Quintin Dougherty came in for the Bulldogs in the ninth and after a lead-off homerun, settled in to retire the next three batters and close the game down for his second save this season.
A total of nine pitchers were used in the first game, including five SWOSU arms. Starting pitcher Gunnar Cook only pitched 2.0 innings of work after allowing eight runs on eight hits and three walks. Justin Moreno ended up with the win after coming in during the eighth inning to give the Dawgs a crucial shut-down inning to maintain their momentum.

Jason Nichols and Rafael Otero both earned themselves a three-hit performance, followed by Joel Baxley and Joshua Santos who each had two. Otero also drove in a team-high four runs in the process.

Cameron 9, SWOSU 7
Box Score (html)

The Aggies responded in the nightcap after blowing their eight-run lead, jumping out to score one run in each of the first three innings. With the score 3-1 in the fifth, Cameron scored another six runs after piecing together seven hits in the inning to take a 9-1 lead.

SWOSU would try to claw their way back into the game, scoring three runs in back-to-back innings to get within two. In the sixth, with two on and two out, Ted Wisdom was unable to deliver the game tying hit that would be the Dawg’s final opportunity to score after going down quietly in three-up and three-down fashion in the bottom of the seventh.

Brendan Peitsmeyer was charged with the loss after giving up nine runs, all earned, in 4.2 innings of work. Moreno would again make an appearance in game two, pitching 2.1 innings without giving up a run. Ruben Rodriguez was the only hitter to collect a multi-hit performance in the night cap, while Danny-David Linahan provided three RBI’s for his squad.

Is there alien life? Students and scientists alike ponder question

By T.J. Comstock
Staff Reporter

Are we alone?
This question has plagued humanity since the dawn of time. We have only been physically exploring space since the 1960s. Most of our deep space exploration has been unmanned craft and it will continue to be that way until we make new technological advances.
Even when we reach the end of our own galaxy, there are trillions more, reaching trillions of light years across, housing more planets than you can conceivably count. So, with that many planets out there surely we have found alien life by now, right? The answer is…we still don’t know.
“To declare that Earth must be the only planet in the cosmos with life would be inexcusably egocentric of us”, said Neil deGrasse Tyson in an article posted by NASA. Tyson is an American Astrophysicist and the Director of the Hayden Planetarium
“At the moment, life on Earth is the only known life in the universe, but there are compelling arguments to suggest we are not alone,” Tyson said.
“Indeed, most astrophysicists accept a high probability of there being life elsewhere in the universe, if not on other planets or on moons within our own solar system. The numbers are, well, astronomical” he said.
SWOSU students seemed to be split on the subject as well. Many said undoubtedly there was no life anywhere else in the universe or we would have found it by now.
“If aliens exist we would have found them by now,” said James Blood, a SWOSU criminal justice major.
Some on the other hand said they believed that there could be but you can’t say for sure until you find it.
“I think there being life somewhere else in our universe is definitely a possibility.” said John Cook, a SWOSU accounting major.
So in the end we are back to where we started, we will continue to ask the same questions we have for years, we will continue to wonder what is out there and that won’t change until we find something.