Lady Knights Beat #1 OCU in Overtime
Just a few weeks ago, the Lady Knights suffered a setback against Ohio Christian University on OCU's home court in Circleville. At the time the Lady Knights were the NCCAA-II #1 team, and OCU was #2. After the loss, those positions switched, and KCU has been itching to get another chance to redeem that ranking and avenge that loss. Their first opportunity was today, and they took advantage of it.
Ohio Christian controlled the opening tip, but KCU scored first. Then a small run put the Trailblazers up a little, and they stretched a lead to 5, but OCU came back. The score at the half was KCU-28, OCU-23, after being tied at the 3 minute mark at 21-21. After the break, Ohio Christian narrowed the gap to 1 right away, and KCU fought back to regain their lost ground. In the second half, OCU dropped in 40 points, while KCU had 35. KCU scored to go up by 2 and left 5.8 seconds on the clock, but OCU was able to equalize, tying the score at 63 at the end of regulation. In the OT period, OCU managed a lead, and KCU tied it back with 40 seconds remaining. Katelyn Meyer was forced to foul with 20 seconds to play, and OCU missed both. Tanya Bowens had the ball in the paint and was fouled, and she made the first of 2 with 8 seconds to play, but missed the second. OCU rebounded, but failed to score, and the Lady Knights came away with the win.
Tanya Bowens led all scorers with 39, while Monica Stevens scored the double-double with 11 points and 12 boards. Jana Glick had 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Sharonda Jones finished with 7 points and rebounds. Ohio Christian had 4 scorers in double figures. KCU out-rebounded their opponent 47-40, and had one assist more, at 15. KCU shot .471 from the field, .333 from the arc, and .630 from the line. The Trailblazers were better from the field, but shot only .500 from the foul line. KCU Women's basketball is now 12-9 on the season, and they head to Grand Rapids, MI this weekend to Kuyper College for games with Kuyper and Grace Bible College.