Despite 3 home wins, Lady Eagles drop out of NCCAA top 10

Makenzie Brown rises above three Arkansas-Fort Smith players to snare a rebound during Saturday's win. Despite winning three straight home games, Brown and the Lady Eagles dropped out of the NCCAA top 10 this week.
Makenzie Brown rises above three Arkansas-Fort Smith players to snare a rebound during Saturday's win. Despite winning three straight home games, Brown and the Lady Eagles dropped out of the NCCAA top 10 this week.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Feb. 19, 2014) – When rankings are strictly based on a pre-determined formula, sometimes odd things can happen, and such was the case this week for Oklahoma Christian in the National Christian College Athletic Association women’s basketball rankings.

Despite winning three home games last week, the Lady Eagles actually dropped out of the NCCAA top 10 in the rankings released Wednesday.

OC (14-10) beat Heartland Conference foes McMurry (Texas), Rogers State and Arkansas-Fort Smith – all by lopsided margins – but because those three opponents had losing records, the Lady Eagles took a hit in the Burbridge Power Rating, a formula used by the national organization to seed regional and national tournaments.

The Lady Eagles’ rating fell slightly from 7.167 to 7.146, enough to drop OC from No. 10 to what would be No. 11, if the NCCAA rankings extended that far. OC had been in the top 10 for the past three weeks, rising as high as No. 7.

The good news for the Lady Eagles is they still have the highest Burbridge Rating among NCCAA Central Region teams, just ahead of Southern Nazarene’s 7.114, and should control their own destiny in the race for the top seed in the upcoming region tournament in Bartlesville, which is set for March 12-15.

OC has three regular-season games remaining – at Newman (Kan.), which is 14-10; at Oklahoma Panhandle State, which is 1-22 and at home against St. Edward’s (Texas), which is 15-6. If the Lady Eagles win all three games, they likely would move back into the national top 10 and earn the top seed for the region tournament.

The regional champion will advance to the NCCAA Championship, set for March 19-22 in Winona Lake, Ind.

In the national statistical rankings, OC leads the NCCAA in rebounding at 46.5 per game and is fifth in rebounding margin (7.2) and ninth in scoring (73.3 points per game). Junior guard Logan McKee is second nationally in free-throw percentage at 92.5, having made 49 of 53 from the line this season.

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