HONOLULU (Nov. 29, 2013) – Combine a team eager to break an unexpected losing streak with an opponent that misses a lot of shots and it’s a good formula for a record-setting performance, which is what Oklahoma Christian put on Friday.
Led by senior guard Krista Stevens’ first career double-double, OC shattered the single-game school rebounding record with 72 boards and rolled to a 95-59 win over Chaminade (Hawaii) at McKinley High School’s Student Council Gymnasium in the Lady Eagles’ final game in the Oahu Classic.
OC (4-4) ended a four-game skid with all but one player of its 17 who suited up Friday scoring – and amazingly, it was leading scorer Roz Hamilton, who saw just 18 minutes of action in a game that was decided by halftime. But in the end, that really didn’t matter much.
Stevens had 13 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Jordan Gorham – in her first significant action of the season – added 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots in just nine minutes and Hamilton chipped in seven rebounds.
McKenzie Stanford had 11 points and five rebounds off the bench, while Logan McKee and Aisha Martin each had 10 points and five rebounds for the Lady Eagles.
The Lady Eagles’ previous record for rebounds in a game was 63, set against USAO on Jan. 27, 2001. On Friday, OC had as many offensive rebounds (35) as Chaminade had total rebounds.
“Krista had a great game,” OC coach Stephanie Findley said. “She was very active on defense and the boards. She sparked us from the beginning. Jordan Gorham and (McKenzie) Stanford also really contributed. Jordan gave us good minutes and McKenzie is developing into a very versatile scoring threat for us.
“Logan was her usual steady, efficient self. It was a good team win overall.”
Chaminade (0-4) didn’t make a basket until the 14:32 mark and the Silverswords trailed all the way. OC began slowly but Gorham scored six points in a 9-0 run that made it 17-4 eight minutes into the game.
OC steadily built on that lead. A 3-pointer by Kaitlyn Morris put the Lady Eagles up 29-10 at the 5:33 mark. The Silverswords pulled within 36-19 on a pair of 3-pointers by Lilia Maio and Shana Kawakami, but OC closed the half on a 7-0 run, capped by a three-point play by McKee that made it 43-19.
Chaminade’s last run, a 10-4 spurt, came early in the second half. A 3-pointer by Glacen Florita pulled the Silverswords within 47-29, but the Lady Eagles answered with an 18-0 run, sparked by seven points from Stevens. Her layup with 12:01 left made it 65-29.
OC eventually built its lead to as many as 43 points in the late stages of the game.
The Lady Eagles shot a respectable 43.9 percent (36 of 82) but struggled a bit at the free-throw line, hitting just 62.1 percent (18 of 29). Chaminade shot 32.4 percent (23 of 71) and shot just six free throws, making four.
Carissa McBride and Maio each scored 10 points to lead Chaminade.
OC will return to Heartland Conference play on Thursday when the Lady Eagles host St. Edward’s (Texas).