Golden Eagle Women Defeated By No. 2 Oklahoma City University

Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 6, 2004) — Staying close early in the game, but then gradually losing contact was the story for the Golden Eagles on Thursday night in Oklahoma City as the Oklahoma City Stars finally rang up a 92-55 Sooner Athletic Conference victory over No. 16 John Brown University.

JBU went 7 minutes without a score in the first half and during that time the Stars jumped out to an 18-point lead. The Golden Eagles cut into the lead and with 3:48 remaining in the first period had closed the gap to 10 points at 36-26. From that point on, Oklahoma City took charge primarily on the shooting and ball handling of Kesha Watson, the SAC leading scorer, who finished the night with 24 points in 25 minutes of play.

Leading the way statistically for the Golden Eagles were post players Kendra McCormick and Natalie Reid with 11 and 10 points respectively. McCormick also pulled down 5 rebounds, as did Nancy Pierre who came off the bench and scored 4 points as well.

Shooting only 33% from the floor, well below the season average of 44%, the Golden Eagles could not match the high-powered offense of Oklahoma City, a team that averages 97 points per game this year. JBU’s 55 points for the game was a season low point total and the 46 points Oklahoma City scored in the first half was a season high for points allowed in the first half.

“We just didn’t take care of business tonight. With 26 turnovers and shooting less than 30% from three-point range, we never really got our offense going tonight,” commented Coach Jeff Soderquist during the ride home. “In one respect, we got lucky tonight as we learned that Wayland Baptist was also defeated and that will keep us tied with them for third in the conference.”

JBU, now 18-6 overall and 7-4 in the SAC, returns home for a Saturday afternoon contest with St. Gregory’s University at 1:00 pm. JBU lost to St. Gregory’s on their home court 62-58 and will be looking to avenge the loss.