Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 22, 2004) - No. 17 John Brown University soundly defeated No. 23 Science and Arts of Oklahoma 57-35 Thursday evening in Siloam Springs for their 4th Sooner Athletic Conference victory against 2 losses. USAO took an 8-0 lead before JBU entered the scoring column after 5:30 in the first half of play. With eight lead changes in the first half, the Golden Eagles fell behind at 21-19 going into the locker room at intermission.
Triggered by Kendra McCormick’s three-pointer with 17:40 remaining in the contest, JBU took a 26-24 lead and never looked back. McCormick came right back with another three and Lesli Fanning hit her third three-pointer at 15:35 allowing JBU to go on a 9-0 run. JBU continued to increase the lead and at the 5:15 mark Jordyn West hit 2 free throws to put JBU up 44-29. The largest lead came at the 1:20 mark on Alicia Baer’s two free throws to extend the margin to 25.
McCormick’s 19 points and Fanning’s 18 points were tops for the Golden Eagles. McCormick and Baer each pulled down 5 rebounds to lead JBU in that category.
“We were able to make good defensive adjustments in the game by forcing them to play more in the perimeter than on the inside,” stated Coach Jeff Soderquist following the win. “USAO is a good rebounding team and we did a good job, especially in the second half of blocking them out. We were also able to find a good mixture on offense by getting the ball to the right spots. With our young team we are still striving for consistency in our play.”
JBU advances to 4-2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference and 15-4 overall. The Golden Eagles remain at home for a Saturday afternoon game with conference foe Northwest Oklahoma State University. Game time is 1 pm.