OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 6, 2012) – Andee Wayne and Roz Hamilton scored 15 points each and Oklahoma Christian shot 45.5 percent from 3-point range as the Lady Eagles rolled to a 98-73 win over Kansas Wesleyan on Tuesday night in the Eagles’ Nest.
OC (2-0) hit seven 3-pointers in the first 10:35 while cruising to a double-digit first-half lead over the Coyotes. The Lady Eagles eventually stretched their lead to 35 points in the second half before Kansas Wesleyan (1-2) closed the gap a bit with a late run.
OC went 15-of-33 from 3-point range, taking advantage of 31 turnovers by the Coyotes, who often struggled against OC’s pressure defense. The Lady Eagles took 74 shots (making 34, for 45.9 percent), close to their goal of 80 per game.
“Everything looks better when you’re making shots,” OC coach Stephanie Findley said.
As Findley has done with OC’s up-tempo system, everyone who was healthy on her bench – 16 players – saw playing time and all but one of them scored. Wayne made both of her 3-point attempts while Hamilton went 3-of-5 from behind the arc. Katy O’Steen (13 points) and Kaitlyn Morris (10 points) also reached double figures.
“Any given night, you don’t know who it’s going to be,” Findley said. “We talked about that before the game, that any given night, it’s your turn to step up, depending on how the other team is playing us. You’ve got to step up and make plays.”
The Coyotes led only once, at 5-3 in the opening minutes. Logan McKee hit a 3-pointer to start an 11-1 run by the Lady Eagles, and after Kansas Wesleyan pulled within 14-12, OC answered with a 14-4 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Morris that made it 28-16 with 9:25 left in the first half.
OC closed the half on a 7-0 run, capped by three free throws by Lindsey Larkin with one-tenth of a second left, and led 56-32 at halftime. A 3-pointer by Jasmine Hinton pushed the lead to 79-44 with 12:01 left.
The Coyotes cut the margin to 21 points with 5:24 left but came no closer.
“We’ve got to learn keep up the intensity all the time,” Findley said.
Kansas Wesleyan outrebounded OC 49-38, led by a 20-point, 14-rebound effort by Alecia Smith. Vanessa Kresin added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Coyotes, who shot 33.9 percent from the field (21 of 62).
OC will host Southeastern Oklahoma State – a longtime rival the Lady Eagles haven’t played since the mid-1990s – on Friday night.