Lady Eagles win SAC opener 65-56
Friday, November 30, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Nov. 29, 2007) - - Oklahoma Christian University opened the 2007-2008 Sooner Athletic Conference slate with a 65-56 victory over Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Thursday.
Kailan Decamp led the Lady Eagles with 19 points while Lindsey Gipson added 17 points on 15-of-16 foul shooting.
“This is a good start for us. Anytime you can win in conference, it’s a good win,” OC head coach Stephanie Findley said. “We have to keep this momentum going though. Our team knows there’s a long road ahead of us.”
USAO led over the opening seven minutes Thursday. A 7-0 Lady Eagle run was capped when Haley Myers hit a three-point shot to knot the score at 11-11 with 11:43 remaining.
Another Myers basket gave OC its first lead at 16-14 two minutes later. The score ignited a 7-0 run which saw the Lady Eagles build the lead to 21-14 with 5:54 on the clock.
OC held USAO to just 31-percent shooting in the opening stanza and took a 27-23 lead to halftime.
After a cold second-half start by both teams, the Lady Drovers tied the score at 34-34 when Juliana Leite hit a three pointer at the 10:49 mark. After a Devin Sewell basket put OC back up two, another Leite triple lifted USAO on top 37-36.
OC and USAO played through four lead changes and a tie over the following 5:03. A pair of Gipson charity tosses finally put the Lady Eagles ahead for good at 49-48.
OC took control of the contest from there with a 12-1 run. Eight of the points came from Gipson’s hot hand at the foul line. The Lady Eagles converted 6-of-6 free throws in the closing 1:48 to seal the win.
“We had our hot moments and our cold moments, but we made our free throws and cut down the turnovers in the second half. When you’re able to do that, it’s a pretty simple game.” Findley said.
Gipson’s 15 free-throw makes come on the heels of her school-record tying 18 foul shots vs. Park (Mo.) on Nov. 17.
Sewell added 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with eight rebounds. Charlotte Heron snagged a game-high 11 rebounds and blocked five shots.
The Lady Eagles continue SAC play on Saturday at fifth-ranked Southern Nazarene (Okla.). The women’s game will tip at 6 p.m. with the men’s contest following at 8 p.m.