Freshman Hill adds NCCAA honor to list of awards after star turn
OKLAHOMA CITY (March 5, 2013) – Another day, another award for Oklahoma Christian’s Sydney Hill.
The 5-foot-6 freshman guard from Edmond was named Tuesday as the National Christian College Athletic Association women’s basketball student-athlete of the week, one day after receiving the Heartland Conference player of the week award for her 29-point outburst on Saturday in a win over league champion Texas-Permian Basin.
Hill joined senior center Katy O’Steen as a winner of the NCCAA award. O’Steen took the honor in late January.
“Sydney has really progressed toward the end of the season,” OC coach Stephanie Findley said. “Our freshmen aren’t freshmen any more at this point of the season, they’re sophomores, and Sydney is playing like it. She had a great performance on Saturday and we’re hoping she takes that momentum into the postseason.”
Hill scored 25 of her career-high 29 points after halftime to lift OC to a 77-71 overtime win, which ended UTPB’s13-game winning streak. Her point total was the highest by an OC player this season.
She scored all of OC's points in a 12-4 run to start the second half that closed most of a 10-point halftime deficit. In overtime, she hit a clutch 3-pointer that swung the momentum to the Lady Eagles, then hit the basket with 57 seconds left that put OC ahead for good. She later added two clutch free throws as the Lady Eagles pulled away at the line.
Hill also had six points in OC’s 86-43 romp over Oklahoma Panhandle State on Thursday.
For the week, she finished 13-of-27 from the field (48.1 percent), 3-of-8 from 3-point range (37.5 percent) and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line (75 percent) while averaging 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 4.0 assists per game.
So far this academic year, 16 OC student-athletes have combined to win NCCAA weekly honors in 11 sports a total of 21 times.