Phoenix Staff Reports
WARNER — Connors State Cowgirls opened the second half with a 14-0 run and held off a late Crowder threat to post a season opening 81-71 junior college basketball victory Saturday afternoon at Melvin Self Field House.
Connors had five players score in double figures with freshman Johneshia Major leading the assault with 16 points, in a game that had 56 fouls. The Cowgirls were 30-of-45 at the free throw line and Crowder 18-of-27.
Major drained 11-of-15 attempts at the line and was 2-of-14 from the field. The Cowgirls were 23-of-64 from the field which included 5-of-21 from behind the arc.
“This feels good,” said Major, a highly touted freshman from Dallas. “I really didn’t think I would come out and score like I did.”
Defensively Connors held the Roughriders to 24-of-54 from the field including 5-of-13 from behind the arc.
“Overall I am pleased with the way we played. I wanted to see great effort and we got it. We beat a national tournament team the opening day of the season,” said Cowgirls coach Eddie Kite.
Also for Connors, sophomore transfer Destinee Thrash had 14 points, Lauren Godfrey 11, with Haskell’s Sherrell McHenry and Muskogee High’s Mari Jackson with 10 points each.
The Cowgirls return to action on Tuesday when they play host to North Arkansas Community College of Harrison, Ark. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Melvin Self Field House.
OKLAHOMA 104, WASHBURN 76 —At Norman, Cameron Clark scored 23 points and added seven rebounds while sophomore Buddy Hield added 21 points and five boards for the Sooners in an exhibition opener against the Division II MIAA Ichabods.
The Sooners' 104 points were the program's most in an exhibition game since scoring 118 points against North Carolina-Pembroke in 2005. Lon Kruger's Sooners combined to shoot 55.2 percent (37-for-67) from the field, 43.5 percent (10-for-23) from 3-point range and 87.0 percent (20-23) from the free throw line on the afternoon.
Freshman point guard Jordan Woodard scored 15 points while adding game highs of five steals and four assists, while sophomore transfer Ryan Spangler finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds. Senior Tyler Neal came off the bench to register 12 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
Oklahoma returns to action for its second and final exhibition game against Oklahoma Christian on Mondayat McCasland Field House.
SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN 94, BACONE 89 — After trailing 46-38 at halftime, the Warriors rallied to get within three with a minute to go but fell in their season opener Saturday in Bethany.
On the night Bacone shot 45 percent (34 of 75) from the field while knocking down 14 of 21 free throw attempts.
Derrick Thomas led the Warriors with 26 points, Creed Flowers added 21, Geo Brewer chipped in 16 and Christian Smith finished with 10.
Bacone (0-1) plays at Mid-America Christian at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
OKLAHOMA 102, CAMERON 48 — Led by 24 points from Aaryn Ellenberg, the Sooners rolled in an exhibition game at the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday.
Ellenberg was 4-for-4 from 3-point range in the first half as Oklahoma drove ahead 68-19 at halftime and cruised through the final 20 minutes. Sharane Campbell added 17 points and Nicole Kornet scored 13.
The Sooners shot 50 percent from the field and outrebounded the Aggies 63-39.