Lady Eagles extend win streak to 4 with 65-54 win over McMurry

OC guard Jasmine Hinton looks for a way around the McMurry defense on Thursday. Hinton scored eight points for the Lady Eagles in their win over the War Hawks.
OC guard Jasmine Hinton looks for a way around the McMurry defense on Thursday. Hinton scored eight points for the Lady Eagles in their win over the War Hawks.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 7, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian didn’t bring its “A” game on Thursday night against McMurry (Texas), but the Lady Eagles didn’t let that deter them.

The reward was a 65-54 win at the Eagles’ Nest that completed a season sweep of McMurry and extended the Lady Eagles’ winning streak to four games, matching their season best.

Roz Hamilton posted her second double-double in four games with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, going 13-of-17 from the free-throw line. The Lady Eagles salted away the win with 13-of-17 free-throw shooting from Hamilton, Logan McKee and Katy O’Steen in the final 2:51.

“It was ugly, but it’s a win and we’ll take it,” OC coach Stephanie Findley said.

OC (13-9) led the most of the final 33 minutes against its Heartland Conference foe but never could quite put away McMurry (8-12).

“The girls kept plugging away and not totally letting them catch up,” Findley said. “I appreciated the way they persevered. It didn’t seem like we were getting the bounces sometimes. We executed down the stretch and made our free throws, which is what you’ve got to do.”

McMurry took a 6-0 lead as OC didn’t score until Hamilton hit a turnaround jumper at the 14:18 mark of the first half. That started an 11-0 OC run. The Lady Eagles led by as many as 10 points in the first half before settling for a 25-21 halftime lead.

The War Hawks took their only lead of the second half when M.J. Vickers hit a 3-pointer with 15:32 left to make it 33-32. Hamilton answered with a 3-pointer – one of only two for OC in the game – 17 seconds later, starting a 9-0 run that put the Lady Eagles ahead for good. OC freshman Sydney Hill had two steals that resulted in layups during that spurt.

McMurry was within 54-51 after a 3-pointer by Vickers with 2:14 left, but the War Hawks didn’t score another basket and OC hit its free throws, gradually extending its lead back to double digits.

“We kept letting them making too many runs at us,” Findley said. “We’d get a 10-point lead and then we couldn’t put them away. That’s something we’ve got to work on – being able to really hammer it home when you get a 10- or 12-point lead.”

O’Steen finished with 15 points and six rebounds while Jasmine Hinton added eight points for the Lady Eagles. OC outrebounded the War Hawks 42-30 and shot 38.3 percent from the field (18 of 47).

Keshia Collins led McMurry with 15 points and seven rebounds, but went 5-of-16 from the field. Rikeita Thomas added 12 points and four steals for the War Hawks, who shot 28.1 percent from the field (16 of 57).