After a rather trying Saturday, the Oklahoma Warriors managed to do what they seat out to do three months ago during tryouts — get a basketball game in.
After Saturday’s scheduled Women’s Minor League Basketball Association opener against the defending champion Dallas Lightning was postponed due to problems related to the team’s van heading into Kansas, the Warriors got their debut in Sunday, losing a 72-65 decision to the Topeka Shock in Topeka.
The Warriors fell into a 9-0 hole at the outset then trailed 27-26 at the half, and led by five at one point in the third before falling behind 52-47 after three quarters. In the fourth, they led by one at one point.
One key stat: Oklahoma missed 15 free throws in 32 attempts.
“Free throws is the major part,” said Warriors coach Gena Maxwell. “However, a combination of small things like foul trouble in the first half, also.”
The Shock was 24-of-31 from the line.
Dametria Dawson, the former Bacone standout, led the Warriors with 17 points. Shay Holmes, a 6-0 forward out formerly from Jenks, had 15. Sand Springs native Jordan Evans out of Rogers State and Missouri-Kansas City had 10 and Tonisha Dean out of Taber College had 9.
Dean also had 7 rebounds, Holmes 6 and Evans 5.
“At the end of the day this is our first game and as a team this was a bad game for us and we only lost by 7,” said Dean. “We have minor things to work on but they are a very easy fit. As time goes on we can only get better from here.”
Dawson and Evans would both foul out in the fourth quarter.
Wichita State ex Jamillah Bonner led Topeka with a game-high 29 points. Joy Marshall had 19. Topeka lost to Dallas in its opener on Friday and is 1-1 on the year.
The Warriors were playing without injured Sequoyah High sisters Angel Goodrich (toe) and Nikki Lewis (knee).
Oklahoma (0-1) will head south for two scheduled games this weekend in San Antonio. First up is the Dallas Assist, then San Antonio on Sunday. Both games are currently set for 3 p.m.
The Warriors’ scheduled home opener is July 6 against Georgia. Tickets are on sale at the Civic Center.