Date Published: 
02/16/2013
Tashina Ototivo

CHICKASHA – In a game that went into overtime for the first time this season for USAO, the Drovers fell just short despite strong shooting and rebounding Saturday afternoon.

Mid-America Christian was able to best the Drovers in an overtime battle that ended 63-62.

The game had only been tied twice by halftime with MACU in control most of the half and leading by two after 20 minutes.

A good-three pointer by Paige Pulliam in the first minute of the second half gave the Drovers the advantage. The lead changed another eight times in the following 19 minutes, resting on the seventh tie of the game with 10 seconds remaining thanks to two good free throws by MACU’s Parris Price.

Sitting at 57 points a piece in overtime, the Drovers were able to get several shots off, but struggled to find the basket. Three free throws and a bucket by the Drovers were not enough to overcome the Evangels.

Senior Krista Ford led the team with 19 points after going 7-for-13 from the field. Junior Paige Pulliam followed with 11 points — six of which she got at the line on Saturday.

In her final home game of a four-year career, Tashina Ototivo had 12 rebounds and eight points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Senior Rocio Medrano also had eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in the game.

Ndeye Ngom had just six points off three buckets but helped out with another six assists for the game.

USAO shot 37 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Evangels 51-37.

The Drovers (10-16, 1-13) will finish the season on the road at No. 3 Lubbock Christian and Wayland Baptist next week.

With it being the final home game of the season, the Drovers celebrated Senior Day, honoring their seven seniors: Lauren Campo, Krista Ford, Marissa Medrano, Rocio Medrano, Brittany Scott, Celeste Smith and Tashina Ototivo.

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