Junior McKenzie Stanford joined the Oklahoma Christian University women’s basketball 1,000-point club during the Lady Eagle’s 77-72 win over the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.
Stanford is the 28th Lady Eagle to surpass the 1,000-point career mark and is the second of the season, following senior Sydney Hill who broke her record earlier this month. She is also the first female junior to hit the mark in 10 years of Oklahoma Christian history.
“It’s a feeling I will never forget,” Stanford said. “But more importantly, it goes to my teammates. It may say I scored 1,000 points, but it should also say thanks to my teammates for getting me the ball when I was open.”
In a game that consisted of five lead changes, Stanford led all scorers with 25 points, while Hill and Addy Clift added 16 and 13 each, respectively. Hill also recorded eight assists.
Despite trailing 34-37 at halftime, the Lady Eagles overcame the deficit, outscoring UAFS 43-35 in the second half and holding the Lady Lions to only nine points in the third quarter. The Lady Eagles also controlled the boards, outrebounding UAFS 52-38.
The Lady Eagles boasted a 10-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but with a few fast breaks and well-timed 3-pointers, the Lady Lions cut the lead to one with 30 seconds left in the game. A layup by Stanford and a 3-pointer by Hill, however, kept the Lady Eagles in control until the buzzer sounded.
The Lady Eagles now hold an 8-10 record and are 5-3 in conference play. This win also marks the team’s first home game in two weeks. Stanford says the home crowd and atmosphere helped motivate them.
“We needed this – to play in the Nest again,” Stanford said.
The Lady Eagles will host the Rogers State University Hillcats Saturday at 1 p.m.