After losing their season opener, the Oklahoma Warriors of the Women’s Minor League Basketball Association won their fourth straight game, paced by a former Sand Springs standout and a pair of ex-Bacone Warriors as they decisioned the Killeen Force 82-74 before an estimated crowd of about 125 Sunday at the Muskogee Civic Center.
Former Bacone player Dametria Dawson, who led Oklahoma with 37 points in Saturday’s win over Kansas City, followed that up with a 32-point performance Sunday while ex-Warrior Cierra Miles tallied 17 points. But with Shay Holmes and former Lady Rougher Bethany Hall both out with injuries, former Sandite Jordan Evans was perhaps the biggest thorn in the side of the Force as she scored 22 points and was unstoppable on the boards with 26 rebounds.
“We started a little slow after a game last night and then a noon game today, but we came together in the second half and put it away,” said Evans. “The crowd support and playing at home was great especially with the crowd Saturday night.”
The game was tied three times with four lead changes through the first quarter-and-a-half until Killeen surged on top by nine at 34-25 with four minutes left in the half. Enter Dawson, who scored seven straight Warrior points in a 13-1 run that put Oklahoma on top 38-35 until a 3-pointer by Killeen’s Bianca Noel tied things at 38-all at halftime.
Evans scored 12 third-quarter points while tough defense led the Force to shoot just 3-of-25 in the quarter and the Warriors broke out to a 54-48 lead. Miles canned a pair of baskets in the first 90 seconds of the fourth quarter to make it a 58-48 lead which Oklahoma ultimately stretched to a 15-point margin, 73-58, with 3:42 to play.
“We are really pumped with our fourth straight win,” said Oklahoma coach Gena Maxwell. “We really had some girls step up today with just about everyone on the team nursing some kind of injury. Jordan (Evans) came through for us in a big way. We told her we need 20-20 from you —20 points and 20 rebounds — and she really came through.”
The Force was led by Imari Simpson with 19 points and Noel who had 13.
The Warriors (4-1) will take a couple of days off and then get back to work on Wednesday to prepare for a visit from the defending WMLBA champion Dallas Lightning at 7 p.m. Friday and the Topeka Shock next Sunday at 3. Dallas and Topeka will play each other at 5 p.m. Saturday, also at the Civic Center.