SHAWNEE- The Drover's, from University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (6-7, 4-1 SAC), came out with a strong first quarter against the Cavaliers. USAO led 14-8 going into the second quarter, before SGU (2-10, 0-5 SAC) started knocking down shots to gain the lead midway through the quarter. Kelsie Howgard (JR/Menifee, Calif.) led the way for the Cavs by scoring 8 points in the second quarter. St. Gregory's went into the second half leading 28-25. USAO came out hot in the third quarter though, and started on a 9-0 run. Later in the 3rd, the Drover's would go on another a 9-0 run and also a 6-0 run. They out scored the Cavs 32 to 10 in the third and went into the fourth quarter with a 19 point lead. USAO was in full control of the fourth quarter as well, and the game ended with a final score of 81 to 59.
USAO was led by Dierra Ely's 18 points and 9 rebounds. Rebecca Worthy also added 18 points of her own to match Ely. Darian Hill scored 12 points, and Tierra Coffey also added 10 points for the Drover's. As a team, USAO did a lot of the dirty work to win the game. As a team, USAO shot for 48 percent from the field. They outscored SGU in the paint 48-16, their bench out scored the Cavs' 30-8, and the Drover's also blocked 9 shots. Taylor Alexander had 4 blocks on her own for USAO.
The Cavaliers were led offensively, by Kelsie Howgard's 18 points and 5 rebounds. Kylee Tatum (SR/Bethel, Okla.) also had a big game with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Lauren Godbold (FR/Arlington, Texas) got off to a hot start for SGU in the first quarter and ended up with 16 points in the game. However, as a team the Cavaliers only shot 32 percent from the field.
Next up for St. Gregory's is an away game on Saturday Jan. 14, at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Okla.