Women keep playoff hopes alive

The Lady Eagles took the eight seed in the Sooner Athletic Conference this past weekend after winning a buzzer beater against Northwestern Oklahoma State.

JBU’s current position going into this weekend’s games against Mid-American Christian (Okla.) tonight and top seeded, No.2 Oklahoma City on Saturday.

Last weekend’s contests gave JBU a record of 13-13, 7-11 in conference. Last Thursday’s game ended with a 52-44 loss to Oklahoma Christian on the road.

This loss was due in part to JBU being out-rebounded by Oklahoma Christian and the large number of turnovers JBU had in the first half.

Redshirt sophomore Jessica Berlin, one of JBU’s leading scorers, separated her shoulder and was unable to play.

Head coach Jeff Soderquist said they are not sure if Berlin will be able to play on Saturday though she will likely be well enough to play next weekend.

The Lady Eagle’s 67-65 win on Saturday against Northwestern Oklahoma State University was won after the Lady Eagles trailed in the first half.

In the second half the Lady Eagles came back and took the game in the last eight minutes, ending with a buzzer beater for the win by freshman Lauren Rogers.

Mid-American Christian University, the team the Lady Eagles will play tonight on the road, are 10th in the athletic conference with a record of 10-14, 4-14 in conference.

Parrish Price leads MACU in scoring with an average of 12.8 points per game followed by Kourtni Williams with 12.1 points per game.

Their leading rebounder is Williams with 6.8 per game followed by Nicole Wittman with 5.3 rebounds per game.

JBU’s strong defense will be tested by Mid-American’s offense, while their weak defense may help the Lady Eagle’s on-and-off shooting.

Junior Sierra Shipley is leading the Lady Eagle’s in shooting with 12.1 points per game followed by fellow junior guard Jessica Berlin with 11.8 points per game.

Freshman Morgan Ankrom is their leading rebounder with 4.7 rebounds per game, followed by senior Chelsea Garrison with 4.6.

They will return to the Bill George Arena on Saturday for Senior Night against Oklahoma City.

Saturday’s match is one of the most important matches before the end of the regular season.

Oklahoma City has a record of 23-1, 17-1 in conference and are the second rated team in the Division I of the NAIA.

Dietra Caldwell is their leading scorer with 12.8 points per game followed by Lauren Gober with 12.6points per game.

OCU’s leading rebounder is Tiffany Goldwire with 6.5 rebounds per game followed by Desiree Jeffries with 6.3.

Their team average is 87.3 points per game while holding their opponents to 52.7.

The Lady Eagles will take on Oklahoma City at 3 p.m. on Saturday.