No. 7 Stars shine, stifle SAGU
Lady Lions offense blanketed by OCU
Winston edges Neal in battle of Top 2 scorers
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s basketball team yielded a 10-0 lead to No. 7 Oklahoma City University on Thursday. The Stars never relinquished the upper hand en route to a 77-47 victory at the Abe Lemons Arena.
SAGU pulled to within 10-5 on a Jirah Rodriguez (Georgetown, Tx / Georgetown HS) three-pointer, but would get no closer. They battled to stay in the game, trailing 34-26 at intermission.
The Lady Lions again started slowly in the second half. OCU (13-2 / 10-1 in SAC) scored 11 of the first 14 points to grab a solid 45-29 lead. Ball game.
The hosts maintained control at 60-43. Over the final seven minutes they closed the game on a 17-4 run by holding the Purple Pride without a basket and by forcing four turnovers.
OCU won the game on the boards where the Galactic Ones held a commanding 47-29 advantage. Nineteen offensive rebounds enabled them to grab a 19-3 margin in second-chance points.
They also benefitted by 23 SAGU turnovers, sixteen by the starters, to score 23 points. The Lady Lions squeezed the Stars for 20 turnovers, but parlayed them into just nine points.
Oklahoma City got help when SAGU made only 12 of 25 attempted free throws.
The Stars made 42% of their shots in each half, though their seven triples after halftime allowed them to distance themselves on the scoreboard.
Making 43% from the field in the first stanza, the Lady Lions cooled during a 6-of-22 (27%) second half.
SAGU was led by sophomore guard Taylor Hill (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS ), who had 12 points. Rodriguez finished with 10.
Nia Winston (Garland, Tx / Lakeview Centennial HS ), the SAC’s scoring leader, was limited to eight points. She did, however, lead the team with three steals.
Going up against Yvonte Neal, the No. 2 scorer in the league, Winston nipped her counterpart by an 8-7 count.
Freshman forward Charity Page (Nacogdoches, Tx / Nacogdoches HS ) came off the bench to register eight points and pull down a team-best five rebounds. She made all three of her shots.
Senior center Cara Pugh led the Stars with 20 points. The 6’2 center knocked down 6-of-12 from long distance.
Five-foot-ten forward Autumn Lau ruled the paint. She had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
A month ago in the first meeting between the teams the Lady Lions held a 59-58 lead before OCU completed a strong rally to win, 77-65.
Lady Lions look to bounce back at home on Saturday
SAGU will be back in action on Saturday, February 1, when they host Southwestern Christian University (7-12 / 5-6 SAC) at 3:00pm (CST).
The Lady Lions won the first encounter, 57-52, on January 6. Winston had the hot hand with 23 points.
Fans can attend the game in person or watch it in HD video on SAGU TV. Broadcasters Rob Price and Tim Roberts will bring the game on SAGU Sports Live.
Also available is a LiveStats webcast provided by Lucius Howington, SAGU’s Assistant Sports Information Director.
Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at
or at 469-658-2847.