LAREDO, Texas (Nov. 23, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian had yet another tough-to-handle finish against Texas A&M International on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Eagles rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to take a late lead, but a three-point play by TAMIU’s Samantha Chacon with 15 seconds left lifted the Dustdevils to a 66-65 win over OC at the TAMIU Kinesiology and Convocation Building.
Sydney Hill scored 28 points – one off her career high – for OC (3-3, 0-2 Heartland Conference), but missed a pair of shots in the final seconds that could have saved the Lady Eagles, who have lost three games to TAMIU (4-0, 1-0) by a total of five points since OC joined the conference.
Roz Hamilton turned in her second straight strong performance for OC, finishing with 21 points and eight rebounds against TAMIU, which already owns a road win over preseason No. 10-ranked Midwestern State (Texas) this season.
A layup by Chacon with 10:26 left gave TAMIU a 54-42 lead, but Hill scored 10 of the next 12 points for OC and pulled the Lady Eagles within 57-55 with a layup with 3:50 left. Hamilton’s layup with 2:58 left tied the game at 59-59.
Logan McKee’s three-point play with 1:10 left put OC ahead 65-62, the Lady Eagles’ first lead since the first half, but those proved to be OC’s final points. Chacon made 1-of-2 free throws for TAMIU with 52 seconds left before Hamilton – who made her first six free throws – missed a pair with 25 seconds left.
Chacon scored while being fouled by Krista Stevens and Chacon’s free throw gave the Dustdevils a 66-65 lead. Chacon finished with 14 points to lead TAMIU, while Malika Jackson had 11 points and nine rebounds and Mason Hawk had 10 points.
OC led by as many as eight points in the first half, going up 23-15 on two free throws by Hill at the 7:54 mark. The Dustdevils went on a 13-2 run to take the lead and they led 33-29 at halftime.
OC’s six-game road stretch will continue next week, albeit in more comfortable climes, as the Lady Eagles will make the program’s first-ever trip to Hawaii. OC will play Hawaii Pacific on Thanksgiving Day and Chaminade (Hawaii) on Friday.