Turnovers prove costly for Lady Eagles

Audrey Hayes, basketball captain, is a senior mechanical engineering major. Photo by Allyson Hazelrigg.

Audrey Hayes, basketball captain, is a senior mechanical engineering major. Photo by Allyson Hazelrigg.

With 24 turnovers against Heartland Conference-rival St. Edward’s University, the Oklahoma Christian University women’s basketball team failed to mount a comeback on Saturday.

The Lady Eagles had three players score in double figures. Senior McKenzie Stanford put up a team-high of 13 points and five rebounds, but shot 0-4 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Sophomore Addy Clift added 12 points and tied with senior Hannah Holasek for the team high in rebounds at seven. Junior Audrey Hayes contributed 10 points in her 28 minutes of play.

“They really made us rely on our outside shooting,” Holasek said. “Going forward, I think we need to try and shoot more so scouts don’t only focus on how we go inside so much.”

As a team, Oklahoma Christian shot 25 percent from the 3-point line during the game, while the Hilltoppers shot 44.4 percent and used their deep shooting to take a 33-26 lead.

Both Stanford and Parker spent long stints of the game on the bench due to foul trouble, leading to several scoring droughts for the Lady Eagles.

Despite Clift leading a late run for the Lady Eagles, they failed to keep the game close as St. Edwards rebuilt their lead.

Even after outrebounding the Hilltoppers, the Lady Eagle’s low shooting percentages and high number of turnovers proved too great for the Lady Eagles past St. Edward’s.

“We have our ups and downs,” Holasek said. “We need to go in and not worry about anything. Whatever happens we need to take it one game at a time and play however we need to. We really need to focus on ourselves and what we need to do to win.”

The Lady Eagles will face St. Mary’s University on the road on Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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