EDMOND — Gipson was one of OC’s best student-athletes during the formative years of the university’s athletic program. He led the OC basketball team in scoring for three straight seasons, from 1963-64 through 1965-66. He averaged a double-double during his senior season in 1965-66 at 20.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.
He finished his career with 1,472 points, which remained as the university’s scoring record until 1980. He still ranks 20th in career points. Gipson, from Jonesboro, Ark., also pitched for OC’s baseball team.
Gipson went on to serve as a professor of biology at OC from 1970 to 2009.
Lancman helped vault OC’s women’s tennis program into national prominence, earning NAIA All-America first-team honors in 1998, 1999 and 2000 and All-America second-team honors in 2001. She led the Lady Eagles to the program’s first two NAIA national tournament appearances in 2000 and 2001.
Also a three-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete, Lancman, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America pick, making the third-team list in 2000 and the first-team list in 2001. She was named as the winner of the Tennis magazine/Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA Arthur Ashe Award for Sportsmanship and Leadership in 2001.
Merrill, from Abilene, Texas, was the top post player in OC men’s basketball history, earning NAIA player of the year honors as a senior in 2005. The two-time NAIA All-America first-team pick finished his career as OC’s leading career scorer with 2,189 points and second on the career rebounding list with 1,120. He was the first Sooner Athletic Conference player to record 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
He twice was named as the NAIA player of the week and also holds school records for single-season scoring (821 points), career field goals attempted (1,487), career free throws made (650) and attempted (795) and season free throws made (259) and attempted (311). He shares OC’s record for career double-doubles with 59.