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Lady Eagles upset St. Mary’s, TAMIU

Outrebounding St. Mary’s University 61-34, the Oklahoma Christian University women’s basketball team upset the Lady Rattlers, who are currently second in the Heartland Conference rankings, 68-47 on Thursday before picking up another win on the road at Texas A&M International University on Saturday.

“It was great getting these two wins because it is hard to win two games back ­to back, especially on the road,” sophomore Addy Clift said. “We never gave up, even when both teams began pressuring us. St. Mary’s beat us at home, so this win was really sweet.”

Led by Clift with 17 points and senior McKenzie Stanford with 16, the Lady Eagles took the lead from the Lady Rattlers early on Thursday, leading 21-14 at the end of the first quarter and 33-27 at halftime. Senior Emma Gade grabbed 12 rebounds for Oklahoma Christian, while senior Kylee Hicks added a career-high 13.

After her performance against St. Mary’s, Stanford moved into fourth on the Heartland Conference career shooting list and seventh on the Oklahoma Christian list with 1,602 points.

Other scorers for the Lady Eagles included senior Sarah Parker with 13 points and Gade with 10.

Oklahoma Christian carried its road-game momentum to Texas A&M International on Saturday, when they beat the Dustdevils 73-58 in Laredo, TX.

With 20 points and 10 rebounds, Parker managed her sixth double-double of the season, with three other Lady Eagles finishing the game in double-digits. Stanford added 15 while Clift and senior Hannah Holasek each had 12 points.

“We did a great job of working as a team to get these two road wins,” Parker said. “It is wins like these that will get us rolling and it could not come at a better time. With just three, regular-season games left, we are looking to keep this momentum going.”

The Lady Eagles outrebounded Texas A&M International 41-34 and led 36-34 going into halftime, before extending their lead to 53-44 at the end of the third quarter.

With these two wins, Oklahoma Christian currently sits fifth in the Heartland Conference standings, with an 8-5 conference record.

The Lady Eagles will take a break from the road and will host Roger’s State University on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Nest.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information Office.

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