Claremore Daily Progress

January 6, 2013

SAC WOMEN'S BB: OCU blows out USAO, 98-42


OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City University pummeled USAO 98-42 on Saturday at Abe Lemons Arena.

Lauren Gober, a senior from Newcastle, Okla., topped the Stars with 24 points. OCU, ranked eighth in NAIA Division I women's basketball, improved to 10-2, 2-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference in OCU's season debut at home in league play.

Gober matched her career high by draining seven 3-pointers in 13 attempts while hitting 8-of-16 from the field overall. Gober nailed seven treys against Langston on Nov. 13 at Abe Lemons Arena.

Kayla MacKenzie, a junior from Peoria, Ariz., totaled 15 points, four steals and three 3s, while Desiree Jeffries, a senior from Oklahoma City, stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, seven rebounds and a career-high nine assists for OCU.

Autumn Huffman, a junior from Midwest City, Okla., recorded 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals, and Katie Hall, a senior from Hazelton, Idaho, posted nine points, 13 rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals for the Stars.

USAO committed 27 turnovers, which the Stars scored 28 points off those miscues. OCU created a lopsided 51-26 rebounding advantage, which grew to 30-7 in the second period. The Stars scored 38 points in the paint and 22 second-chance points.

Jessica Lankston connected on a trey as OCU built a 27-6 advantage with 9:55 left in the first half. To that point, USAO had hit 2 of its 10 shots from the field and gave away eight turnovers.

Ravven Brown's breakaway layup with 24 seconds remaining created the final margin and OCU's biggest lead of the day. The Stars totaled 20 points in transition.

A matchup of top 10-ranked squads looms as the Stars face top-ranked and unbeaten Lubbock Christian (Texas) at 6 p.m. Thursday in Lubbock, Texas.