OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 9, 2012) – Katy O’Steen had 26 points and nine rebounds and freshman guard Sydney Hill added 14 points to lead Oklahoma Christian to a 99-77 romp over Southeastern Oklahoma State on Friday night in the Eagles’ Nest.
It was the first matchup of the longtime rivals since Southeastern (0-1) joined NCAA Division II in the mid-1990s. OC (3-0) this year began the Division II membership process, making the game viable.
The Lady Eagles used their high-pressure defense to force Southeastern into 33 turnovers and went 8-of-14 from 3-point range in the second half (after going 2-of-14 in the first half) to break open a tight game.
Nine different OC players – Hill, O’Steen, Logan McKee, Daisha Gonzaque, Jasmine Hinton, Madison Middle, Skyler Newberry, Kaitlyn Morris and Krista Stevens – hit at least one 3-pointer during the game as OC coach Stephanie Findley again used all 16 of her healthy players.
O’Steen, a senior center from Durant, went 13-of-13 from the free-throw line and barely missed what would have been her second double-double of the season.
Hill, who went 2-of-5 from 3-point range, was the only OC player to have more than one 3-pointer. Southeastern managed only one 3-pointer in seven attempts.
Despite the poor 3-point shooting in the first half, OC took a 45-34 lead into halftime. In addition to heating up from behind the arc, the Lady Eagles went 14-of-14 from the line in the second half. OC finished 27-of-33 (81.8 percent) from the line for the game, compared to 21-of-37 (59.5 percent) for the Savage Storm.
Breana Small-Peppers came off the bench to lead the Savage Storm with 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting, but the rest of her team went a combined 19-of-52 from the field. Ronay English added 14 points for Southeastern.
The Lady Eagles’ next game will be Tuesday night at longtime rival Southern Nazarene. OC and SNU both were Sooner Athletic Conference members for decades before heading toward the Division II ranks. SNU now is a member of the Great American Conference while OC has joined the Heartland Conference.