Five things you need to know about … Today’s Game of the Day: OCU at JBU

No. 5 Oklahoma City heads to Siloam Springs to take on No. 16 John Brown this afternoon at 3 p.m. in Bill George Arena.

♦ The Stars bring a five-game winning streak into the game and have won 40 of their last 41 regular season games in the Sooner Athletic Conference.  They are fifth nationally in scoring (83. 6 ppg) and have scored 90-plus points five times.

♦ These girls like the long ball.  The Stars put in 20 from long range against Texas Wesleyan.  But the Golden Eagles are tops in the NAIA in three-pointers made per game (9.8) and second in the country in total made from behind the arc this year (205). Three-pointers consist of 41.6 percent of the team’s overall point total this season.

♦ OCU senior Autumn Lau is playing a prominent role in her final campaign.  She is second in scoring (14.3 ppg) and leads her team in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and in blocked shots (18).  Lau is also in the top 40 in the NAIA in rebounds and blocks.
Sierra Shipley is out front for JBU with 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds each contest.

♦ The overall win streak for OCU is only five, but the Stars’ dominance over the Golden Eagles has been more extensive.  The last time Oklahoma City lost to JBU was in 2001 when the Stars came into Murray Sells Gymnasium as the No. 1 team in NAIA and the Golden Eagles came out on top.

♦ JBU came close in the first meeting between the two this season, but OCU hung on to win 64-58.  The Stars never trailed and led by 17 with 3:53 remaining.  The Golden Eagles scored the final 11 points, not enough to overcome the deficit.  JBU’s Sierra Shipley had a game high 25 points and logged a double-double with 10 boards.  Yvonte Neal led the way for OCU with 20 points and Lau put in 13 points and eight rebounds.

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