With four Lady Eagles with double-digit scoring, the Oklahoma Christian University women’s basketball team opened their 2016-17 season with a 96-64 victory over York University in the homecoming games on Saturday.
Senior Kylee Hicks posted career and team highs with nine assists and seven steals as the team’s starting point guard. Senior Sarah Parker added 13 points with over half coming from the free-throw line, where she was a perfect 7-7 in 18 minutes on the court.
“Going into the game, I was just really excited to get back on the court with my team,” Hicks said. “We were able to get out some nerves and have a lot of fun with it being homecoming and all. Overall, it was a good first game and we were able to see some things we need work on.”
Senior forward McKenzie Stanford led the team in scoring with 26 points on 11-17 shooting, including 3-4 from the 3-point range, and added four steals in 21 minutes of play. Sophomore Addy Clift contributed 17 points on 7-10 shooting, 3-5 from 3-point range, providing three assists, five rebounds — four of which were offensive — and two steals in her 23 minutes of play.
Freshman Megan Shelton scored seven of her 10 points in the final quarter of play, shooting 2-6 from the field and 6-10 from the charity stripe. She also tallied four rebounds and three steals in her 18 minutes of play.
Oklahoma Christian built its lead gradually over the game in which it led 18-10 after the first quarter and 46-27 at halftime. The Lady Eagles forced 29 turnovers from the Panthers and outrebounded York 44-37, boasting a 34-point lead in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Eagles will open the regular season at the Heartland-RMAC Challenge in Wichita, KS, against Regis University on Friday at 4 p.m. and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs on Saturday at 1 p.m.