The Mid-America Christian University Lady Evangels made things interesting in the first half, but the No. 4-ranked and defending NAIA National Champion Oklahoma City University Stars eventually pulled away for their 14th straight win, 75-49 in Sooner Athletic Conference action Tuesday evening (Jan. 22) at Abe Lemons Arena on the campus of OCU.
The Stars started quick by scoring the first 12 points of the game and then led 30-10 behind 12 points from Lauren Gober.
MACU battled back as Kourtni Williams scored six points and Emilie Schirmer hit a three to cap a 9-2 spurt to close within 32-19 at the 5:41 mark of the first half.
The Lady Evangels (11-6, 2-4 SAC) got as close as 10 after Williams hit a three and scored inside to make it 38-28 with 1:43 left.
OCU made three free throws at the end of the half to take a 41-28 lead at the break.
The Stars then showed why they're ranked fourth in the nation by charging out of the gate and out-scoring the Lady Evangels 21-3 during the first 7:40 of the second half as consecutive buckets by Kayla MacKenzie built the lead to 62-31.
The closest the Lady Evangels could get from that point was 20 after a three by Schirmer made it 69-49 with 2:18 left.
Williams led the Lady Evangels with 18 points along with six rebounds, while Parris Price also reached double-figure scoring with 12. Schirmer also had six boards and Sabrina McKinney led MACUwith five assists.
Gober led four Stars in double-figures with 23 points and Katie Hall added 12 with a game-high 13 rebounds. Desiree Jeffries also chipped in with 12 points with four assists and MacKenzie added 11.