VIDEO: In the Saddle - Feb. 11

When former women’s basketball coach Jay Niehues brought a graduating senior from Cushing to tour the university, she found where she fit, and where she wanted to play basketball.

“And I knew I wanted to come here,” USAO Senior Charitie Lewis said. “It’s small … It just suited me better.”

Fast forward four years, and Lewis is preparing for her last few home games as a Drover and an impending graduation.

“I just play for God. I just play hard and that’s what got me here,” she said.

Lewis said she thanks God for giving her the talent to play. She holds the career record for rebounds with 771 before playing Thursday night. Additionally, she leads the Sooner Athletic Conference this season in offensive rebounds per game with 3.82, is third in total rebounds with 186, sixth in points per game with 13.14.

Coach Laci Tompkins took over this season as head coach, which is something Lewis said was a positive thing for the team.

“It’s different, but I think it’s a good change,” she said.