Lady Eagles Win Regional Basketball Championship
Oklahoma Christian beat Southern Nazarene University 73-64 to win the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region championship game.
It was the first women’s basketball postseason tournament title for Oklahoma Christian since 1986, when then- rookie head coach Stephanie (Stark 82) Findley guided the Lady Eagles to the NAIA District 9 and NAIA Bi-District championships.
“It’s been a while,” Findley said. “It’s sweet. You’ve got to play them as they come and we’ve had some big battles in the playoffs (with SNU) all throughout our history. These girls earned it and deserve it.”
The regional championship highlighted a streak where the Lady Eagles won 11 of 13 games, including a NCCAA quarterfinal win over Cedarville (Ohio) that propelled Oklahoma Christian to the national semifinals for the first time in program history. OC (20-13) finished fourth in the nation after losses to California Baptist in the semifinals and Union (Tenn.) in the third-place game.
View more stories from the Spring 2013 issue of Vision magazine.