CHICKASHA – The women’s basketball season wrapped up for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma during Sooner Athletic Conference post-season action in one of the most exciting games of the tournament.
The Drovers found themselves down by three in overtime when senior Paige Pulliam hit a buzzer beating three pointer to send the team into double overtime.
“Those are the moments you love in basketball because it was so exciting,” said Assistant Coach Leandra Johnson. “And for Paige to hit that three-pointer, it was just amazing … They played hard. I’ve never seen to so much fight in those girls until that ball game.”
Unfortunately, the Drovers’ short bench became a factor, and USAO dropped in double overtime.
“After a game like that, it’s hard because it hurts. Those games hurt, especially when we could have gone to the next round with only having seven players,” Johnson said. “So honestly, at that point, you don’t know what to say to them because whatever you say to them is not going to make it any better.”
With four athletes graduating, Johnson and Head Coach Jennifer Hayden have been busy recruiting junior college transfers and high school students to fill out next season’s team.
“We actually have all our offers out,” Johnson said. “Right now, we are waiting for our recruits to say yes or no to the offers we’ve given them … And I will be catching some (high school) state ball at the end of the week as well.”