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February 9, 2014

College basketball and softball roundup


Phoenix staff reports

Men’s basketball

BACONE 87, TEXAS COLLEGE 85 – The Warriors held off the Steers to improve to 9-13 overall and 6-5 in the Red River Athletic Conference.

Creed Flowers led Bacone in scoring with 22, Matt Qualls added 20 and Deantre Harlan finished with 15 points and 16 boards while Geo Brewer and Christian Smith finished with 11.

TULSA 66, RICE 56 – Rashad Smith scored 18 points and James Woodard added 15 points to lead Tulsa to a Conference USA victory at Rice on Saturday.

Brandon Swannegan matched his career high with 10 points, and Smith and Woodard each grabbed seven rebounds for the Golden Hurricane (11-12, 6-3 C-USA). Max Guercy scored 17 points to lead the Owls (7-16, 2-8 C-USA).

ORAL ROBERTS 71, SE LOUISIANA 54 – Shawn Glover and Korey Billbury scored 21 points each with Glover adding 11 rebounds in leading Oral Roberts to a victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night.

Bobby Word added 16 points for Oral Roberts, which has rebounded with three straight wins after losing four-straight prior.



Women’s basketball

BACONE 91, TEXAS COLLEGE 72 – Bacone held a 46-33 at halftime before leading by as much as 31 points in the second half.

The loss snapped a four-game losing skid and moved the Lady Warriors to 6-12 overall and 3-8 in the Red River Conference standings.

Dametria Dawson led Bacone in scoring with 24 points, Kyna Lewis added 17 points and 11 rebounds and Myriah Hadnot finished with 16.

ORAL ROBERTS 81, SE LOUISIANA 78 – Christian Key connected on a 35-foot shot as time expired to lead Oral Roberts University past Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Center.

The Golden Eagles led by as many as 23 points in the 1st half but were even at 78-all when Key inbounded the ball 70 feet from the basket with 4.9 seconds left. Kaylan Mayberry drove to the basket and kicked the ball back to Key, who drained the game-winning shot with a hand in her face. The buzzer-beater was the first of Key’s collegiate career.

Mayberry led the Golden Eagles with 21 points, while Key finished with 17. The 8th-leading three-point shooter in ORU history, Key’s game-winner was the 135th trifecta of her career, but her first of the game.

FAU 91, TULSA 86 – Florida Atlantic’s 3-point shooting was too much for Tulsa as the visiting Owls scored a victory in front of 527 fans at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Saturday.

FAU set a Reynolds Center record for three-pointers made as the Owls converted on 13-of-38 three-pointers against the Hurricane, breaking the previous mark of 12 3-pointers.

Two Tulsa players registered career-highs for points as Kelsee Grovey led the Hurricane with 24 points, followed by Mariah Turner’s career-best 19 points. Ashley Clark added 17 and Kadan Brady scored 11 points. Tulsa freshman Stevi Parker had her second straight double-figure rebounding game with 11 boards. This marked the second straight home game in which Grovey scored a career-best, as she tallied 23 points against Middle Tennessee in Tulsa’s last home game.



Softball

TAHLEQUAH EX LEADS TU TO WIN – A three-run home run by Tahlequah grad Erica Sampson was all the offense that the University of Tulsa softball team needed as Aimee Creger set a school-record with her 26th career shutout for a 3-0 win over Louisville in the Golden Hurricane’s first game of the day at the FAU Kick-off Classic on Saturday at FAU Stadium.

The game was scoreless for the first two innings, but the Golden Hurricane (3-1) scored the only runs in the game in the bottom of the third. Second baseman Shelby Blanton and shortstop Jill Barrett each reach on base with a walk before Sampson’s first home run as a Golden Hurricane. Sampson added another hit to go 2-for-3 at the plate against the Cardinals (2-2).

In the second game of the day, Florida Atlantic scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Golden Hurricane 1-0, and handing Tulsa its first loss of the season. The international tiebreaker was used after the two schools were scoreless after seven innings.

HARDING 6, NSU 4 – The Northeastern State softball team opened the 2014 campaign with a loss to Harding Saturday afternoon at the Tarleton State University Softball Complex.

The RiverHawks were outhit 13-8 and struck out 10 times on the day in the season opener.

Sophomore Kayce Wooldridge threw a complete game and allowed all six runs on 13 hits. She struck out five and walked just one.

OU GETS ON WINNING TRACK – The defending national champion Oklahoma softball team notched its first two wins of the season in run-rule fashion, beating Santa Clara 10-1 and Loyola Marymount 11-1

Against Santa Clara, OU trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the third, Oklahoma broke the game wide open with a nine-run inning, highlighted by a solo home run from Georgia Casey and a three-run homer from Shelby Pendley.

Game two saw the Sooners put up three runs in the first inning, one in the third and put the game away in the fourth with seven runs. Pendley and Lauren chamberlain both went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

OSU FALLS TWICE – The Cowgirls saw their record drop to 2-2 on the year with two losses at the LSU Softball Classic in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday. OSU lost to Murray State 10-6 in the first game of the day 10-6 and were shut out by LSU 1-0 in Game 2.

Whitney Whitehorn (0-1) suffered the loss against Murray State while Simone Freeman (2-1) took the loss in game 2.

Hilldale grad Danielle Riddle was 1-for-4 against Murray State with one RBI.

ARKANSAS SPLITS IN LAS VEGAS – The University of Arkansas softball team split a pair of games Saturday at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. The Razorbacks began the day with a 10-1 win over San Diego before losing a 6-1 contest to No. 5/3 Washington.

In the first game, the Razorbacks launched three home runs including a grand slam by freshman Parker Pocklington, in the win over San Diego in five innings. Fellow freshman Sydney Wright struck out three Torero hitters and picked up the first win of her collegiate start. The Razorbacks also picked up home runs from Claire Clark and Kasey Fagan.

The game against Washington saw the Razorback fall behind early after a three-run home run by Washington’s Kylee Lahners in the first but the team responded with a run of their own in the second in an error-filled inning by the Huskies. The Razorbacks loaded the bases in the second, third and fourth but struggled throughout the game to come up with the key hit.