ABILENE, Texas (Jan. 10, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian coach Stephanie Findley challenged her players before Thursday’s game at McMurry (Texas) to provide support for leading scorer Katy O’Steen on the offensive end of the court.
Message received. Not a single OC player scored in double figures, but a bunch of them got on the board as the Lady Eagles led for the final 28 minutes and rolled to a 69-54 win over their new Heartland Conference rival at Kimbrell Arena.
OC (9-7) matched its win total from last season and won for the second time on the road this season against a conference foe. The Lady Eagles are 3-2 against Heartland teams this season, although OC games do not count in the conference standings.
“I was really proud of the balanced attack,” Findley said. “Our point guards did a great job the second half of organizing us and the team followed with good execution.”
McMurry (5-9) was coming off an impressive win at St. Edward’s (Texas) on Saturday and the War Hawks led 13-10 after a 3-pointer by Sierra Maykus with 11 minutes left in the first half. McMurry didn’t record another field goal for more than 8½ minutes.
OC went on a 16-1 run and led 26-14 after a basket by O’Steen with 3:08 left in the first half. The Lady Eagles led 30-22 at halftime.
The Lady Eagles opened the second half on a 19-6 run, with Jasmine Hinton’s bucket with 11:36 left pushing OC’s lead to 49-28.
The War Hawks rallied within 57-42 with 5:55 left, but Madison Middle scored all her seven points in a 9-2 OC response that sealed the win for the Lady Eagles. Middle’s two free throws with 3:37 left gave the Lady Eagles their biggest lead at 66-42.
Twelve OC players scored. O’Steen and Sydney Hill led OC with nine points, while Hinton and Krista Stevens scored eight points each and Middle and Makenzie Brown each had seven points. The Lady Eagles shot 40.6 percent from the field (26 of 64).
Rekeita Thomas led McMurry with 12 points. The War Hawks’ leading scorer, Keshia Collins, finished with four points but did grab 13 rebounds. McMurry committed 27 turnovers and shot just 32.2 percent from the field (19 of 59).
OC will play at another Heartland foe, St. Edward’s, on Saturday afternoon.