Fanning Breaks Record, But Girls Fall Short in OT at SAC Tournament

SHAWNEE, OK (March 4, 2005) — The John Brown University Golden Eagles’ season ended in overtime against the Oklahoma Christian University Lady Eagles on Friday night, with an 85-79 loss in the opening round of the SAC tournament. The loss drops the Golden Eagles final record to 14-16 for the season.

The Golden Eagles controlled the game, leading by as many as nine and never trailing by more then five during regulation. The Golden Eagles had a chance to put OC away in the first five minutes of the 2nd half. The Lady Eagles were held to just two points in the first five minutes of the half, but the Golden Eagles could only muster two points of their own.

The Golden Eagles continued to hold the lead until the 4:47 mark in the 2nd half when OC tied the game on a pair of free throws by Tasha Turney. The Golden Eagles never led again.

JBU was trailing by one when point guard Alicia Baer knocked the ball away from OC guard Lauren Decker. In the scramble Decker kicked the ball out of bounds, giving the Golden Eagles the ball with 12 seconds left. Baer was fouled with 6 seconds remaining and had a pair of free throws. However she missed the first and was only able to tie the game with the second free throw. OC had a shot to win as time expired but missed sending the game to overtime.

The Golden Eagles scored just 8 points to the 14 of the Lady Eagles in the extra period. 8 of the 14 points scored by OC in overtime came from the charity stripe.

The Golden Eagles had one of the best offensive games of the year, scoring 30 plus points in each half. JBU shot 46% for the game, including 43% from downtown. The Lady Eagles shot 49% from the field and 44% from long range.

Golden Eagle junior guard Lesli Fanning continued her record breaking season by setting the new single season 3 point record, connecting of 70 3 point attempts, breaking the previous record of 68 set by Martha Hancock. Fanning also broke the career three-point record earlier in the season. Hancock was the previous owner of that record as well.

Alicia Baer led JBU in scoring with 19 points and Kendra McCormick had 14. Senior Caitlin Chandler had 12 off the bench for JBU and sophomore Nancy Pierre had 14 off the JBU pine.

Katie Farris led OC with 20 and Tasha Turney had 17 including 11 points from the free throw line.