Mid-America Christian hangs on to beat Lady Eagles 72-71

Katy O'Steen scored a career-high 27 points in OC's loss to Mid-America Christian on Thursday.
Katy O'Steen scored a career-high 27 points in OC's loss to Mid-America Christian on Thursday.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 6, 2012) – Katy O’Steen scored a career-high 27 points on her birthday, but Oklahoma Christian didn’t score in the final 2:16 and fell 72-71 to Mid-America Christian on Thursday night at the Eagles’ Nest.

The Lady Eagles went scoreless on their final five possessions, four of which came after Parris Price gave MACU (8-1) a 72-71 lead by making two free throws with 1:27 left. OC freshman Aisha Martin missed a difficult shot in traffic at the buzzer.

OC (4-6) suffered its second one-point loss of the season, with a third loss coming in overtime. The Lady Eagles hurt themselves with a 9-of-20 performance at the free-throw line.

For a time, it looked like the Lady Eagles would have a dramatic comeback win. Trailing 60-46 with 10:41 left, OC went on a 23-5 run during the next seven minutes and led 69-65 after a layup by Logan McKee with 3:46 left.

O’Steen’s 10-foot jumper with 2:16 left put OC ahead 71-68, but it fell apart after that. Kourtni Williams made two free throws for the Evangels with 1:53 left. At the other end, O’Steen missed a short jumper, and during the ensuing scramble for the rebound, OC guard Krista Stevens took an elbow that opened a gash above her right eye. The game was delayed while blood was cleaned off the court and Stevens had to leave the game.

Making matters worse for OC, no foul was called on the play and MACU pushed the ball to the other end, where O’Steen was forced to foul Price, who made both free throws.

MACU’s Emilie Schirmer stole an errant OC pass with about 15 seconds left, but OC’s Daisha Gonzaque forced a jump ball with 9.7 seconds left. The arrow pointed the Lady Eagles’ way, giving them one more opportunity, but they weren’t able to convert.

O’Steen, who also had six rebounds and two blocked shots, was the only OC player to reach double figures in points. Stevens scored nine points while McKee had eight. Price led the Evangels with 20 points, while Williams had 12 and Sarah Martin had 11.

The Lady Eagles will host Southern Nazarene on Saturday, then will be off during finals week before hosting Tabor (Kan.) on Dec. 15.