CHICKASHA – The Drovers slid past Southwestern Christian in USAO’s home opener on Tuesday evening, thanks in part to strong rebounding by junior Ndeye Ngom.
Ngom had 17 rebounds and 12 points in the game. She went 4-for-6 from the field and a perfect 2-for-2 beyond the arc.
Immediately starting the game with two points, Rocio Medrano, the game’s high scorer with 20 total, knocked in a layup within the first few seconds. Unfortunately, the Drovers quickly lost the lead and were forced to play catch up until five minutes into the second half.
The game went back and forth after that. With less than a minute left in regulation, the Lady Eagles went up by two with a good layup. USAO senior Tashina Ototivo, who had eight points and five rebounds in the game, sailed in a beautiful three pointer to take the lead.
The Drover defense held the Eagles from scoring, and when junior Paige Pulliam got the ball back, she was fouled. Sinking in one of her free throws, the Drovers won the game 60-58. Pulliam had 10 points in the game.
As a team, the Drovers shot 42.3 percent from the field. They collected 40 rebounds to SCU’s 27 and had 11 total steals.
The Drovers advance to 5-2 on the season. Their next game will be City Workers Night on Monday. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m. and all city workers get in for free.