NCCAA honors O’Steen as women’s basketball student-athlete of week
OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 29, 2013) – Add another honor to what is becoming a season full of them for Oklahoma Christian center Katy O’Steen.
The National Christian College Athletic Association on Tuesday named O’Steen as its Division I women’s basketball student-athlete of the week, making the 6-foot-1 senior from Durant the first OC player in her sport to receive that award.
“She’s been pretty motivated for her senior season, so I think that’s showing up as we wind down the season,” OC coach Stephanie Findley said. “She is really being focused and getting more and more consistent every week. That’s what we’ve got to have in our senior leadership. I’m glad the NCCAA recognized her. She works for it and she deserves it.”
O’Steen averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and two steals per game as the Lady Eagles lost 73-71 to Texas A&M International on Thursday, then knocked off Heartland Conference leader St. Mary’s (Texas) 83-78 on Saturday.
Against TAMIU, she posted her third double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. In the win over St. Mary’s, she scored 21 points with six rebounds, four assists, two steals and a key blocked shot in the final seconds to thwart a St. Mary’s rally.
She also was exceptional from the free-throw line all week (14-of-15, 93.3 percent) and hit both of her 3-point attempts.
Her 40-point week moved O’Steen past Erin Wiens (1994-1998) and Ali Griffin (1999-2002) into 19th place on OC’s career scoring list. O’Steen has 1,211 career points entering Thursday’s game at Newman (Kan.).
Twice this season, O’Steen has been named as the Heartland Conference player of the week. She ranks second in the conference in both scoring (15.9 points per game) and free-throw percentage (83.5), 11th in rebounding (6.2 per game), seventh in field-goal percentage (45.5) and eighth in blocked shots (0.9 per game).
So far this academic year, 11 OC student-athletes in nine sports have been named as an NCCAA student-athlete of the week a combined 14 times.