With only five players scoring in the game, the Oklahoma Christian University women’s basketball team failed to complete a late comeback against Regis University despite career outings for two of its players Friday afternoon.
The Lady Eagles fell behind early in the first quarter after hitting one of their first eight shots. They were able to pull it back within 10 points, but were unable to chip away any further as they fell 68-61 at the Heartland-RMAC Challenge in Wichita, KS.
Senior forward Sarah Parker tied a career high, 29 points on 7-9 shooting from the 3-point range, and added five rebounds. Senior guard Kylee Hicks set a career best outing with nine points, shooting 3-3 from the field with eight assists, while also leading the team with seven rebounds to complete her near triple-double performance.
Senior forward McKenzie Stanford was the only other double digit scorer for the Lady Eagles as she put up 13 points on 6-20 shooting.
The Rangers outrebounded the Lady Eagles 50-31, which included 16 offensive rebounds. .Regis’ bench also outscored Oklahoma Christian 25-1 and the Lady Eagles failed to convert more than 1-12 shots from the 3-point range, outside of Parker’s performance.
The Lady Eagles outshot the Rangers 27-16 from the free throw line, going 17-27 from the charity stripe.
Oklahoma Christian trailed 37-25 and fell behind 43-28 with seven minutes remaining in the quarter. Parker led the Lady Eagles on a 14-0 run as she made three 3-pointers in the span of 67 seconds to even the game up at 45 all.
Hicks gave Oklahoma Christian their last lead of the game with 9:28 remaining when she split a pair of free-throws. After those shots, the Lady Eagles did not score again until Hicks made a layup with 5:40 left to play in the game.
Parker scored her final 3-pointer in a 8-1 run that pulled her team within two points of the Rangers, 62-60, with 25 seconds left, but Regis ended the game by going 6-6 from the free-throw line to end the game.
The Lady Eagles suffered their second loss of the season 82-61 to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs on Saturday after the Mountain Lions shot 51-percent from the 3-point line.
Oklahoma Christian shot 31.3 percent from the field, 21-67, including 8-22 from the 3-point range. Parker, Stanford and sophomore guard Addy Clift, combined for just 15 points.
The Lady Eagles missed their first eight shots allowing the Mountain Lions t jump to a 12-2 lead. The closest Oklahoma Christian came back was at the 5:55 mark in the second quarter as Clift made a 3-pointer to bring the team within two at 26-24.
From there, the gap widened further as the Mountain Lions went on a 14-2 run before halftime to bring the score to 40-26.
Senior forward Emma Gade helped lead a 15-2 run which included 10 of her team-high 13 points and cut the deficit down to nine points, 50-41, in the third quarter. Soon after, the Mountain Lions went on a 19-6 run to push the game out of reach for Oklahoma Christian.
Junior forward Audrey Hayes chalked up a career-high 11 points to pair with five rebounds and four assists.
Parker was the third and only other member of the team to score in double digits, with 10 points and four assists.
The Lady Eagles will host their home opener on Tuesday against University of Central Oklahoma at 7 p.m.
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.