Drovers dominate Stars in Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Saturday afternoon, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (13-4, 7-3 SAC) was able to stay red-hot with a dominant 85-50 victory at Oklahoma City University (10-6, 5-6 SAC). The victory over OCU was the Drovers first since February 4, 2018.

The Drovers got off to a bit of a slow start, trailing 10-6 midway through the first quarter, however Science & Arts responded with a 13-0 run to take a 19-10 lead with two minutes remaining in the quarter.

Entering the second quarter, the Drovers held a 19-15 lead, and used a 14-0 run to push their lead to 33-15. OCU trimmed the Drovers lead to 36-23 after 20 minutes of play.

Following halftime, the Drovers maintained control of the game, holding a 51-30 lead over the Stars with 3:38 remaining in the third quarter. Lucia Guerrero (SO/Lima, Peru) banked home a long distance 3-pointer as time expired in the third quarter, giving the Drovers a 61-36 advantage going into the final frame.

In the fourth quarter, Science & Arts continued to extend their lead, outscoring the Stars 24-14 in the final 10 minutes.

As a team, the Drovers delivered a solid offensive performance, packaged with a dominant defensive showing. Science & Arts concluded with a 31-72 (.431) clip from the field and 6-23 (.261) from 3-point range, while holding OCU to 14-41 (.341) shooting from the field, and 3-13 (.231) from deep. The Drovers outrebounded the Stars 39-36 and forced OCU into committing 27 turnovers. In contrast, the Drovers committed just seven turnovers and scored 41 points off Stars turnovers. Additionally, Science & Arts outscored Oklahoma City in the paint 38-18.

Four different Drovers produced double-digit scoring performances in the well-balanced offensive attack. Milagros Carrera (SO/Lima, Peru) led the team in scoring with 15 points on 5-11 shooting from the field. Carrera also added four rebounds, six assists, and a trio of steals.

Zaria Dorsey (JR/Bronx, NY) and Lucia Guerrero each tallied 13 points in the win. Dorsey contributed four rebounds, three assists, and a pair of blocks, while Guerrero recorded three rebounds.

Kaytlen Johnson (SR/Anadarko, OK) was fantastic on both ends of the court, contributing 10 points, six assists, seven steals, and a pair of blocks.

Jessica Palmer (SO/Anadarko, OK) finished with nine points and three steals, closely followed by Lainey Morrow (FR/Blanchard, OK)’s eight points, along with seven rebounds.

Nahemiah Johnson (JR/Philadelphia, PA) was a spark off the bench, turning in seven points and three rebounds. Jordan Bloomfield (FR/Fletcher, OK) closed with five points and four rebounds.

The Drovers will aim to extend their win-streak to five as they host Central Christian College (Kan.) on Monday, January 17 at Drover Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 PM CT.

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