Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 5, 2004) - Kendra McCormick’s 25 points was not enough to overcome the poor shooting by the Golden Eagles in the first half and JBU was defeated 69-64 by Oklahoma Christian in the Carl’s Jr. Sooner Athletic Conference tournament Shooting only 27.3% from the field in the first period, the Golden Eagles fell behind 37-27 at the half. Oklahoma Christian’s Katie Fariss and Jennifer Haynes combined for 28 first half points to lead the Eagles in the first half.
JBU came back early in the second half to knot the score 39-39 with 15:37 remaining in the game and went on to take a 46-41 lead on a trey by McCormick and a put back by Ashley Wettengel for their largest lead of the afternoon with 13:40 to go. The Eagles came right back with Lauren Decker leading the way with 2 jumpers and 2 lay-ups to enable Oklahoma Christian to take over the lead at 58-54 with 4:35 remaining in the game. JBU never regained the lead, but did tie the score at 64 with 1:08 to go when Wettengel drove to the basket and was fouled giving her a 3 point play. The Golden Eagles did not score in the last 1:08 but allowed the Eagles to score 5 points putting the final margin at 69-64.
Except for McCormick’s 25 points, no other JBU player was in double figures. McCormick also led the rebounding effort for the Golden Eagles with 7 boards. Fariss and Haynes led Oklahoma Christian with 18 and 19 points respectively and Decker ended the afternoon with 16 giving the Eagles 3 players in double figures in the scoring column.
JBU drops to 21-11 for the season and is eliminated from the conference tournament. Although the NAIA national tournament selection has not been made, the Golden Eagles are confident they will be selected as one of the at-large teams. The NAIA tournament is in Jackson, Tennessee March 17-22.