OC freshman Hill nets Heartland player of the week honor

OC freshman guard Sydney Hill calls a play against Texas-Permian Basin on Saturday. Hill's 29-point outing in the win over UTPB earned her Heartland Conference player of the week honors.
OC freshman guard Sydney Hill calls a play against Texas-Permian Basin on Saturday. Hill's 29-point outing in the win over UTPB earned her Heartland Conference player of the week honors.

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 4, 2013) – Two days after her 29-point performance lifted Oklahoma Christian past Heartland Conference champion Texas-Permian Basin, OC freshman Sydney Hill got to celebrate again Monday.

Hill, a 5-6 guard from Edmond, was named as the conference’s women’s basketball player of the week, becoming the second OC player so honored this season, joining senior center Katy O’Steen, who won the award twice.

Hill scored 25 of her career-high 29 points after halftime to lift OC to a 77-71 overtime win over UTPB, ending the Falcons’ 13-game winning streak. Her point total was the highest by an OC player this season.

She scored all of OC's points in a 12-4 run to start the second half that closed most of a 10-point halftime deficit. In overtime, she hit a clutch 3-pointer that swung the momentum to the Lady Eagles, then hit the basket with 57 seconds left that put OC ahead for good, as well as two clutch free throws after that.

Hill also had six points in OC’s 86-43 romp over Oklahoma Panhandle State on Thursday.

For the week, she finished 13-of-27 from the field (48.1 percent), 3-of-8 from 3-point range (37.5 percent) and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line (75 percent) while averaging 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 4.0 assists per game.

She’s only the second OC freshman this academic year in any sport to win a Heartland player of the week award, joining women’s cross country runner Tara Lewis.

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