'Fire'birds propel OKWU past Lady Lions
SAGU falls to No. 8 Ok. Wesleyan, 74-58
Winston hits 20 for fifth time in eight games
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BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University witnessed evidence of Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s No. 8 ranking in a 74-58 setback on Saturday night at the Mueller Sports Center.
SAGU had no answer for the Eagles perimeter gunners in the first half. They combined to drain nine three-pointers as OKWU soared to a 43-26 lead by intermission.
The Lady Lions (4-4) adjusted in the second half, allowing just three triples. While narrowly outscoring the Eagles, couldn’t seriously threaten.
“Oklahoma Wesleyan is a very good team,” said Head Coach Arlon Beadles. “They shoot the ‘three’ as well as any team I’ve seen. They made us pay for using the zone against them”
“They shot lights out early in the game. Once we switched to a man-to-man defense,” he added, “it was an even game.
SAGU did draw to within nine points in the second half before they pulled away in the closing minutes.
The Lady Lions still managed to make 39% of their shots, including seven three-balls. Senior guard Nia Winston (Garland, Tx / Lakeview Centennial HS, Panola JC) continues to have the hot hand.
She poured in a game-high 20 points, which included four trifectas as well as six-of-eight free throws. It was the fifth time in eight games the 5’6 two-guard has netted twenty or more points.
In the past three games has averaged 21 points per game and stroked 18-of-20 from the foul line.
The team is looking for consistent supporters in scoring.
Freshman point guard Monica Dorsey (Garland, Tx / Sachse HS) came off the bench to add nine points on four of nine shooting. Bethany Krock (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian), a reserve guard, swished a three and finished with seven points.
Senior center Shaquita Roberts (San Antonio, Tx / Byron Steele HS), who has been moved out of the starting line-up, had the first trey of her career.
Oklahoma Wesleyan outrebounded the Lady Lions, 35-25, with a 12- 6 margin on the offensive boards. SAGU has yet to establish their strength, rebounding, in the non-conference part of their schedule.
Freshman forward Laken Ward (Hattieville, Ark / Wonderview HS), who leads the team in rebounding (5.6 rpg), was tops with four.
Taylor Hill (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS) and Ward had five and three steals respectively.
Both teams had 18 turnovers, though the Eagles turned theirs into 22 points. SAGU parlayed OKWU miscues into 13.
The Lady Eagles produced a trio of players in double digits, led by Caitlin Linihan. She bucketed a career high 16 points.
Lady Lions host No. 2 OKCU on Dec. 5
SAGU is off during Thanksgiving before returning to the court on Thursday, December 5. No. 2 ranked Oklahoma City University will supply the opposition as the Sooner Athletic Conference season begins.
rpg – rebounds per game