The Central Christian College women's basketball team played a great first half against the 4th ranked, and conference leading, Oklahoma City University Stars. Unfortunately, the Stars wore the Tigers down in the second half and ended up running away with the game 94-60.
In the first half however, the Tigers had the Stars frustrated, trailing by 8 at the end of the first quarter, and by only 9, 47-38, at the halftime intermission. The Stars had a height advantage over the Tigers at nearly every position. They didn't start anyone under 5'10", and they used their height to pound the ball inside, most of the night.
They finished the game with 60 points in the paint, 19 of them coming from #40 Brooke Irwin. When they weren't getting the ball down low, they were hitting from behind the 3 point arc, or taking the Tigers off the dribble and knocking down midrange jump shots, or getting to the rim for lay ups.
The Stars shot 51 percent from the field, while the Tigers finished at 28 percent. In the first half, shots were falling at a faster clip for the Tiger offense. They shot 34 percent from the floor in the half, and were 4 of 10 from behind the arc. One of the things that helped them stay in the game in the opening 20 minutes was their free throw shooting. The Tigers were 92 percent from the charity stripe, making 12 of 13 attempts.
The Tigers were led in scoring by the usual suspects. Abbie Banks finished with 17 points on 6 of 17 shooting from the floor and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. With her 17 points tonight, Banks has now scored 984 for her career. Also in double figures were Holly Golden, who had another double double with 12 points and 10 boards, Ridglea Hearne, who added 11 points before leaving the game late in the second half with an ankle injury, and Chloe Mefford who returned to double figures with 10 points.
"Oklahoma City is a tough match up for us in a man to man setting," said Central head coach Marc Golden.
Next up for the Tigers is a weekend road trip down to Oklahoma City for a Saturday matchup with the Southwestern Christian University Eagles. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m.