In Saturday afternoon's conference game against the No. 16 Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm, the Drover women fought tough before falling in the second half.

CHICKASHA -- Despite a late rally, the Drover women didn't find success in their second SAC game of the season and fell 69-56.

In the last five minutes of the game, the Drovers closed the gap by 10 points but could not overcome the Evangels.

Sophomore Paige Pulliam was the Drovers leading scorer with 18 points in the game. Alaria Waddle had another 14 for the Drovers.

USAO falls to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in conference...

CHICKASHA – Facing tough competitors in their conference opener, the Drovers teams struggled against No. 3 Oklahoma City Stars on Thursday night at the USAO Fieldhouse.

It was an Oklahoma City show as the Stars defeated the Drovers 98-44. OCU has defeated four of their five opponents by 50 points each.

Sophomore Paige Pulliam was the star, however, for the Drovers. Pulliam came in with 23 points and four rebounds in the...

CHICKASHA – In the Saddle has evolved over the years to become a fun face of USAO sports and a way for the community members to get to know the Drover athletes and coaches.

While USAO sports information director Jessica Jackson hosts the show, she gives credit to USAO video producer and Captain Video, David Duncan.

CHICKASHA – Three Drovers stood out with double digit points in Monday night’s USAO women’s basketball home opener against Texas Wesleyan.

Liberty Payne, a newcomer who has been practicing with the team since winter break, came out as the team’s leading scorer with 14 points. Following close behind were juniors Tashina Ototivo and Sharnice Reed with 11 points each.

Ototivo also came in as USAO’s leading rebounder,...

CHICKASHA – With the women’s basketball season opening up this weekend, the Drovers are gearing up to improve on last season and take it a day at a time.

Assistant Coach Leandra Johnson said she has high hopes for the team’s success in her first season at USAO.

“I think we will do really well this year. We’re very athletic, all of the girls, and we work really hard,” Johnson said. “One of our main goals is to build from...

CHICKASHA – Starting off her third season at USAO, women’s basketball head coach Laci Tompkins said her returners, including Tabby Bailey, Tashina Ototivo, Victoria Russell, Paige Pulliam and Hannah Henry, will hold a significant role on the team.

“I’m really looking forward to them,” Tompkins said. “They are really setting a standard of leadership, pushing everyone and knowing what to expect, so I’m really enjoying that. They are...

CHICKASHA – Basketball fans itching to see the start of the college season don’t have to wait long as the Drovers kick off basketball season on Tuesday night — as always with total Madness.

Drover Madness is USAO’s annual pep rally that serves as an unofficial start for the basketball season. This year, the fun-filled event will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in USAO Fieldhouse.

CHICKASHA – Back again for another year, the Drover Dancers are gearing up for what’s going to be an exciting season.

“We have a lot of talented, spirited girls this year,” Coach Emily Hector said.

Much like last season, the Drover Dancers plan to perform during halftimes and on the sidelines. This year, the Dancers also will have dances corresponding with some of the basketball game themes.

CHICKASHA – Familiar with the Sooner Athletic Conference and NAIA women’s basketball, Leandra Johnson is excited to begin her first assistant coaching position with the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

“She’s young at heart and spirit so I think she’ll really relate to the players well,” head coach Laci Tompkins said. “But she just has a poise and professionalism about her that is very exceptional.”