Women Fall Short in Top 25 Showdown

Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 3, 2011) - In a battle against second-ranked Oklahoma City, the 22nd ranked JBU Lady Golden Eagles fell 78-65 on Monday night in Bill George Arena.

The loss snaps the ladies nine game winning streak and drops them to 11-3 overall and 5-1 in the SAC.  Oklahoma City improves to 11-0 and now holds sole possession of first place in the SAC standings at 6-0.

Sophomore guard Anna Parish led JBU with 17 points, four assists, and three steals.  Junior Chelsea Garrison added 15 points and six rebounds.  And seniors Katie Mangels and Emily Ortiz rounded out the double digit effort with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

OCU had three players finish in double figures led by Taylor Booze with 18.  Starr Fairbanks added 14, and Tiffany Goldwire finished with 12.

JBU got off to a hot start and managed to jump out to a 6-2 lead after back to back treys from Ortiz.  OCU turned up the heat and went on a 24-6 run to make it 24-12 with 9:03 left in the first half. 

JBU responded and cut it down to seven after a layup from Garrison and a trey from Mangels.  But OCU struck back and closed out the period up 40-27.

In the opening minutes of the second period, JBU chipped into the lead after another Mangels’ three, a pair of free-throws from Parish, and a banker from Garrison to make it 36-43.  From this point, OCU went on a 14-0 run to push their lead to 21, 57-36, with 12:56 left in the game.

With the game beginning to get out of reach, the Lady Eagles clawed back and hit OCU with a 13-0 run to make it a single digit game with 9:38 left.  After trading punches during the next few possessions, JBU took advantage of several free-throw opportunities and made it a two-point game after Mangels hit a pair at the 7:21 mark to make it 56-58. 

In the final five minutes, OCU staved off JBU’s effort and pulled away for a final time before claiming the 13 point victory.

For the game, JBU shot 40.4 percent (19-of-47) from the floor while giving up 44.3 percent (31-of-70) to OCU.  OCU dominated the glass 51-27 and forced 22 JBU turnovers while committing 21. 

Up next, the ladies return home on Thursday to face Oklahoma Baptist at 6 p.m.  Admission is free with the donation of a canned good.



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