After playing the previous four games on their home court, the Lady Eagles suffered a 79-68 loss to Rogers State University on Thursday, their first of two away games this week.
Sarah Parker led the Lady Eagles offensively, finishing the game with 24 points. Addy Clift and Aisha Martin contributed nine points apiece to the effort while Daisha Gonzaque added eight.
As the teams entered halftime, the Lady Eagles trailed the Hillcats 38-24, shooting 25 percent from the field. By the end of the game, the team improved to 41 percent but RSU outrebounded Oklahoma Christian University 40-26.
“In the first half, we just got in a hole, got down and had to make up points,” Clift said. “We got off to a good start in the second half, but we were just flat and that played a role in our defense and especially our offense.”
The Lady Eagles recorded 10-18 from behind the arc and 12-16 from the free-throw line.
“Our struggle tonight was with our defense and not being able to hit any shots in the first half,” junior McKenzie Stanford said. “The fourth quarter was good for us because we started hitting shots, but it was just too late for a comeback.”
After the loss, Oklahoma Christian now holds an overall record of 12-13 and is currently 9-6 in conference play. With only three games left in their regular season, the Lady Eagles are fifth in the Heartland Conference.
“We just have to let this game go,” Stanford said. “We have a hard game on Saturday so hopefully our shots will be falling and we’ll come out with a win.”
The Lady Eagles will travel to the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith to face the Lady Lions Saturday at 1 p.m.
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.