EDMOND — Merrill went on to play professionally in Spain, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Bahrain, Lebanon and South Korea, as well as in the U.S. in the NBA Development League, the American Basketball Association and the United States Basketball League.
Reese is one of only five OC women’s basketball players to earn NAIA All-America status at least three times. After transferring to OC from Cameron, Reese was an All-America third-team pick in 2000, a second-team pick in 2001 and a first-team selection in 2002. She made the All-Sooner Athletic Conference first-team list each of those seasons and was the SAC newcomer of the year in 2000.
Reese, from Owasso, holds OC records for rebounds in a season (395) and career rebounding average (10.5). She is sixth on OC’s career scoring list with 1,707 points and fifth on the single-season scoring (661) and career rebounding (996) lists. She led the Lady Eagles in scoring in each of her three seasons. OC made the NAIA tournament in 2000, 2001 and 2002, reaching the second round in 2000 and 2002.
Sims was one of the top sprinters in OC history. The six-time NAIA All-America honoree from Baton Rouge, La., won the NAIA championship in the outdoor 200 meters in 1994. He also finished in the top six in the NAIA in the outdoor 100 (1994), the outdoor 200 (1995), the indoor 200 (1995) and the indoor 400 (1994, 1996).
He still holds OC records in the indoor 200 (21.72 seconds) and 400 (48.09 seconds) and the outdoor 200 (20.85 seconds). In 1996, Sims was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America third-team list and as an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar by Black Issues in Higher Education.