Byfield's career-high 31 points leads Hillcats to 85-75 win over OBU

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Senior Lindsey Byfield posted a career-high 31 points, the fourth highest scoring output in RSU single game history, to lead the Rogers State women's basketball team to a 85-75 win over Ouachita Baptist on Tuesday (Dec. 18) at the Claremore Expo Center.

With the win, the Hillcats (6-6) extended their winning streak to three-straight games, all at home during a seven-game home stretch.

Byfield, a senior from Inola, Okla., finished the game shooting 13-of-18 from the field in 37 minutes for the 31 points. The 13 made field goals set a new school record in an individual game. She hit 5-of-7 3-pointers. The five made 3s ranks seventh all-time in a single game with the 71.4 percent mark from 3 ranking fourth all-time. The senior totaled a career-high eight rebounds and four assists during her career performance.

RSU used a big third quarter and a quick start to the fourth quarter to pull away for the 85-75 win.

After trailing 41-38 at halftime, the Cats outscored the Tigers by 13 in the third quarter to take the 67-57 edge into the final stanza.

OBU went up 52-50 with 3:43 left in the third on a Madison Brittain 3, but the navy and red responded with a 14-0 spurt to take a 64-52 lead with just under 2 minutes remaining in the period.

Ke'Aunna Johnson totaled back-to-back three-point plays to give the Hillcats a 56-52 advantage. Nelson sank a 3-pointer, and Byfield hit a layup before the run was capped with a Lilly Garner 3-pointer at the 1:49 mark. Nelson ended the scoring in the period with another 3 for a 67-54 score. OBU made a late 3 in the period for the 67-57 margin after three quarters.

The lead grew to as large as 19 points early in the fourth quarter when Desiree Nelson and Byfield opened the period with three-straight 3-pointers for a 76-57 score and the Cats cruised to the 85-75 win.

For the game, RSU sank 12 3-pointers, the third-most 3s made in a single game in RSU school history. Ten of the 12 3s came from Byfield and Nelson, both of whom hit five. The Cats shot 48 percent from 3, including 71.4 percent (5-7) in the third quarter. The navy and red shot 46.5 percent (33-71) from the floor in the game.

Johnson posed a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds along with a game-high five assists. Nelson totaled 15 points on five 3s.

Next Game

The Hillcats are back in action on Dec. 29 against Missouri Valley College at 2 p.m. at the Claremore Expo Center.