Lady Eagles take it on the chin at St. Mary’s, 76-57
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 23, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian women’s basketball coach Stephanie Findley probably won’t watch the film of her team’s performance on Saturday afternoon at St. Mary’s (Texas). Just let it be said it was one of those games for the Lady Eagles.
OC ran into a St. Mary’s team playing for a potential NCAA Division II tournament berth and that was set on revenge for a decisive loss to the Lady Eagles earlier this season. The Lady Eagles also struggled mightily from the field and with turnovers and St. Mary’s took advantage, rolling to a 76-57 win at Bill Greehey Arena.
OC (14-11) lost despite a 6-of-7 shooting performance from reserve center Andee Wayne. The rest of the team went 10-of-49 from the field, contributing to a 28.6-percent team shooting outing. The Lady Eagles made just 2-of-25 from 3-point range (8 percent). Compounding the problem, they committed 25 turnovers against St. Mary’s (19-6).
“If you’re shooting that bad, you’re not going to be in any game,” OC coach Stephanie Findley said. “We just had a really, really cold night against a good team playing on their Senior Day. They’re still playing for something. They didn’t have a game Thursday and we had a tough game Thursday. All the travel and the tough game on Thursday caught up with us.”
The game essentially was over by halftime. In the first half, OC went more than nine minutes without a basket after Daisha Gonzaque scored at the 13:07 mark to give the Lady Eagles a 10-8 lead. The Rattlers went on a 19-2 run to go ahead 27-12 and led 37-18 at halftime.
The Lady Eagles went 5-of-26 from the field and 1-of-15 from 3-point range and had 16 turnovers by that point.
The second half didn’t start much better. In one stretch, OC turned the ball over on four straight possessions, resulting in three St. Mary’s layups. The Rattlers stretched their lead to 69-40 with 4:47 left, but the Lady Eagles closed on a 17-7 run to narrow the gap considerably.
Wayne finished with 14 points, matching her second-best offensive outing ever. OC also outrebounded the Rattlers 46-39.
“You have to look at the positives,” Findley said. “We did play them even in the second half. The last timeout, I told them I wanted to get (the final margin) under 20 and we did. These girls don’t quit. They still played hard when they could have quit. They were still out there giving the effort and trying and that paid off a little bit at the end.”
Roz Hamilton was the only other OC player in double figures in scoring, with 11 points and eight rebounds. Katy O’Steen had nine points and eight rebounds.
Morgan Pullins led the Rattlers with 17 points, 11 rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals. Felicia Jacobs added 13 points and eight rebounds for St. Mary’s.