OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 13, 2014) – Opposing coaches will tell you that one of the most challenging things about facing Oklahoma Christian is the Lady Eagles’ balance on the scoresheet. With so many players capable of scoring in double figures, who do you try to stop?
That balance was on full display Thursday night against Rogers State. Five Lady Eagles scored in double figures – led by 13 points by senior guard Krista Stevens – and OC rolled to an 86-71 win over the Hillcats in the Eagles’ Nest.
OC (13-10, 9-7 Heartland Conference) completed a season sweep of Rogers State (8-16, 5-13) and continued to maintain position in the league standings. OC is in sixth place in the 11-team league, but is just a half-game behind Newman and one game behind St. Mary’s (Texas) with three or four games left, depending on whether or not St. Edward’s (Texas) travels to Oklahoma City to make up a game iced out on Dec. 8.
After a three-game losing streak – with all those games on the road – the Lady Eagles appear to have righted the ship heading into a home game Saturday against Arkansas-Fort Smith.
“We’re shooting well, we’re sharing the ball well and we did a good job of all of that tonight,” OC coach Stephanie Findley said. “I’m glad to see us shooting well again. We just seem to have our woes on the road, but we get home and we shoot a little better and everything is better.”
Eleven Lady Eagles scored for OC, with eight of them scoring between seven and 13 points. After Stevens – who went 3-of-7 from 3-point range and had four assists – Emma Gade scored 12 points (hitting 3-of-6 3-point attempts) and grabbed six rebounds; Roz Hamilton had 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots; and Logan McKee and Sydney Hill had 10 points each.
McKenzie Stanford and Talor Ward scored eight each and Andee Wayne chipped in seven points and five rebounds. OC assisted on 20 of 29 baskets, shot 47.5 percent from the field and outrebounded the Hillcats 50-33.
Stevens and Hamilton, in particular, made so-called “energy” plays all over the court.
“There’s not going to be too many more rebounds or loose balls to chase down and they have that focus and intensity,” Findley said. “Of course, they play like that all the time. They are two seniors that play like that all the time. But they’ve really been getting after it lately. They’re the leaders of this team.”
Rogers State came out sizzling from 3-point range, hitting three shots from behind the arc in the first 2:01, and led 11-8 after a 2-point basket by Katy Harsen with 17:24 left in the first half. OC took the lead for good with a 15-2 run, capped by a put-back by Hamilton midway through the half that made it 23-13.
The Hillcats scored eight straight points – six on consecutive 3-pointers by DaNara Day – to pull within 23-21, but Stevens answered with a 3-pointer to start a 17-1 run by OC. The Lady Eagles led 42-25 at halftime.
OC built its lead to as many as 23 points in the second half. Rogers State came no closer than 15 points until the final minute, when the Hillcats briefly cut the lead to 12.
Harsen led the Hillcats with 15 points while Clarissa Cannon had 14 points and seven rebounds. Day finished with 11 points for Rogers State, which shot 48 percent from the free-throw line (12-of-25).