Oklahoma City got a big game from senior Kayla MacKenzie to turn away a Langston team that had been surging late in the season. W_BASKETBALL_W_DI

OCU defeated LU, 79-71, in the first round of the 2014 NAIA Division I women’s basketball national tournament in Frankfort, Ky.

Oklahoma City (23-4), the second seed in its section of the bracket, got a game high 20 points from MacKenzie to advance to the second round.

Lynette Holmes, the NAIA’s leading scorer, led the way for Langston with 18 points.  The Lady Lions finish the season at 20-13, but won 12 of their last 15 games.

Four players for OCU scored in double figures.  MacKenzie was joined by Yvonte Neal with 17, Autumn Huffman with 13, and Cara Pugh with 10.

Huffman grabbed 10 rebounds to log a double-double.

Langston got up early on the Stars, leading 17-11 eight minutes in.  But MacKenzie’s second three-pointer of the day sparked a 12-1 run that OCU back on top 23-18.

The Lady Lions roared back to regain the lead before the intermission.  However, Pugh’s only make from long range put the Stars back on top, 36-34, a lead they would take into halftime.

Jasmyne Randolph opened the second half with a three and Langston was back on top.  Oklahoma City then used another big run, this one 12-0, to take a lead it would not relinquish.

Alex Adekunle had 13 points in her final game for Langston and fellow senior Randolph finished with 10.

Oklahoma City will next play Montana State-Northern on Friday at 11:30 a.m.