Despite facing two tough Division 1 teams in exhibition matches, Oklahoma Christian University women’s basketball pummeled York University in their first non-conference game. Head coach Markeith Brown expressed his excitement for the rest of the season.
“We are excited for the new season and the new opportunity to play. We have new girls and some that were here last season; they mesh really well,” Brown said. “It’s a tough schedule, but we’re gonna show fans and our conference alike what we can do.”
Brown talked about the preparation the girls have put into this season.
“We recruited in places we knew were our weak spots. Practicing early in the morning with conditioning and weights, our girls are battle ready,” Brown said. “Playing two tough, large market teams was great for our girls and figuring out where we can grow.
Brown explained the strengths of the team.
“Our biggest strength is togetherness. Our girls are fighting for one another and creating a strong sisterhood,” Brown said. “We play fast, full-court press, rebound and do it all well. It’s something that sets us apart from some teams in our conference.
Brown said the team has created a great chemistry on and off the court.
“We have grown through chemistry and better understanding one another. Growing off the floor is awesome to watch,” Brown said. “Being on the floor isn’t what it’s all about. The more they bond off the floor away from basketball is how we get better on the floor.
Junior Kate Bradley led the team in three pointers last year and looks to do so again this season. Bradley shared her excitement for the upcoming games and her team.
“We have put a lot of work into this preseason and are excited to see it pay off. We have been creating chemistry and hope that it’s evident on the court,” Bradley said.
Bradley commented on how she believes the team will do this season.
“I am excited to watch this team continue to grow together as we enter conference play. I think we are going to shock a lot of people this year,” Bradley said.
Bradley also shared how important this team is to her.
“This, being my junior year, means this team is extremely important to me. I try to play for them every time I step out on the court,” Bradley said. “This team has a great energy about them, and I think our chemistry will help us throughout the season.”
Brown expressed his gratitude for the upcoming season and this team.
“We’re blessed to be here. We love Oklahoma Christian, and we hope to make Oklahoma Christian proud of how we compete this year,” Brown said.
The team will play Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, at the Newman University tournament this Friday. They then compete in two more tournaments before opening conference play at home on Nov. 30 against Lubbock Christian University.