Women Fall Short in Comeback on Record Setting NIght

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (January 29, 2005) — The John Brown University Golden Eagles fell just short in a huge comeback effort at the #5 ranked team in the nation, the Oklahoma City University Stars. The loss drops the Golden Eagles to 11-9 overall, and 3-6 through the first half of SAC play.

It was also a record setting day for Golden Eagle junior guard Lesli Fanning. Fanning tied and broke the school’s career 3-point basket made record in the first half of play. The record was previously hled by Martha Hancock who played from 1997-2001 Fanning tied the record 2:56 into the game on her 173rd three point basket of her career, that gave the Golden Eagles an 8-6 lead. She broke the record by knocking down another three with 8:31 remaining in the 1st half. Fanning added two more three pointers before the night was over. The John Brown University record is currently 176 and counting.

The Golden Eagles came out strong and jumped out to a 20-13 lead, their largest of the game, 8 minutes into the first half. The Stars responded with a 24-12 run over the final 11 minutes to open a five-point lead going to the halftime break

The Golden Eagles came out flat in the 2nd half, and found themselves down by 19 halfway through the period. However the Golden Eagles fought back against a team that was undefeated in conference and had played only one SAC game that was decided by less then 12 points. After a technical foul on head coach Jeff Soderquist at 10:58 of the second half, the Golden Eagles played inspired basketball over the next 9 ½ minutes to get the lead down to seven with 29 seconds to play. The Golden Eagles had a couple of opportunities to chip away at the lead but could not hit a big shot. Caitlin Chandler’s lay-up with 4 seconds left cut the lead to 5, as close as JBU got in the 2nd half.

“I was so proud of our girls. A lot of teams would have packed it in, and a lot of teams do pack it in here. I am so proud that they fought back like this, and I told them that,” said coach Soderquist after the game.

Kendra McCormick led the Golden Eagles with 19 points, and Lesli Fanning chipped in 14 during her record setting evening.

The Stars were paced by their leading scorer Sadio Sangare’ who had 29 to lead all scorers. Mariam Sy chipped in 13 for the Stars, the only other OCU player in double figures.

The Golden Eagles host the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens this coming Thursday in the Murray Sells Gymnasium at 6 p.m.