With only one win in its previous five games, a 66-58 victory over Rogers State University gave the Oklahoma Christian University women’s basketball team its third conference road win on Jan. 16.
“We’re ready to get back on a winning streak,” senior forward McKenzie Stanford said. “And we’re all on the same page now.”
Oklahoma Christian lead early with a 25-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Rogers State quickly answered back in the second quarter with three 3-pointers and solid defense, which held the Lady Eagles to only 2-of-12 from the field. The Lady Eagles entered halftime tied 31-31with the Lady Hillcats.
Junior Audrey Hayes, who recorded 15 points, and senior Sarah Parker, who scored 18 points, opened the third quarter with two offensive plays to regain the lead for the Lady Eagles.
The Lady Hillcats came within one point in the third quarter, but they would never gain the lead. Sophomore Addy Clift hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game with 1:35 left in the fourth quarter to guide the Lady Eagles to an eight-point victory over the Lady Hillcats.
Stanford was named Heartland Conference Player of the Week on Jan. 16. She was also the winner of OklahomaSports.net’s poll for the most impressive performance, with her 31-point game against the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith on Jan, 12. She added 12 points for the Lady Eagles at Rogers State.
With the win over Rogers State, Stanford said the Lady Eagles felt optimistic going into Saturday’s battle against reigning NCAA Division II National Champion Lubbock Christian University.
“We’re all pretty positive, and we’re ready to knock them off,” Stanford said. “They are 4-1 in Conference, so this is our time to get them back for all the past years. We’re pretty pumped.”
Despite climbing back from a 20-point deficit, the Lady Eagles fell short in a 73-64 loss to the Lubbock Christian Lady Chaparrals last Saturday in the Nest.
The Lady Eagles limited their turnovers to 10 and went 14-15 from the free-throw line. However, they could not overcome their shooting percentage of 29.9 percent and Lubbock Christian’s consistency from the 3-point line proved fatal for Oklahoma Christian. The Lady Eagles struggled to defend as Lubbock Christian’s Bailey Haist shot 6-10 from the 3-point line.
Stanford recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Clift scored 12 points, and Parker added 11 in the loss.
The Lady Eagles will host the Newman University Lady Jets Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.