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Seth Sturgeon  & Tashina Ototivo

CHICKASHA – A rigorous class schedule. Daily demands at practices. Regular out-of-town away game trips. Participation in campus activities and student life.

Sounds like a lot for one student, but two USAO athletes have figured it out.

Tashina Ototivo and Seth Sturgeon earned the Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Award because of strong performances in the classroom, on the field and court and their involvement in the...

Paige Pulliam/Tashina Ototivo

CHICKASHA – With equal dedication in the classroom as on the floor, two players on the USAO women’s basketball team earned national accolades as a student-athlete.

Senior Tashina Ototivo and junior Paige Pulliam were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes this week.

“We are very proud of them. They work very hard and are certainly deserving of this recognition,” said Jennifer Hayden, head women’s basketball coach. “...

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CHICKASHA – As the women’s basketball season at USAO winds down, the Drover coaches are looking heavily at recruits and focusing on off-season preparations, said assistant coach Leandra Johnson.

With seven seniors leaving, Johnson said they are directing their efforts on athletes coming out of two-year schools to bring in maturity.

“We are going to be looking for a lot of junior college transfers and then we will pick up some...

Tashina Ototivo

SHAWNEE, Okla. – Despite a season-high performance by one player and 22 points by another, the Drovers couldn’t overcome Mid-America Christian in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament and fell 69-64.

“I thought our second half effort was much better. I thought we came out fairly sluggish in the first half,” Head Coach Jennifer Hayden said. “We had difficulty connecting from the three-point line, and that’s a big part of our game...

Rocio Medrano

CHICKASHA – USAO’s leading scorer, Rocio Medrano, was named All-Conference Honorable Mention, the Sooner Athletic Conference released Monday.

Medrano, who averages nearly 12 points a game, has scored a total of 333 points and collected 155 rebounds for the season.

She had a season-high 23 points in a conference win over Saint Gregory’s in late January. In that game, she went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe.
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Rocio Medrano

CHICKASHA – The Drover women will be competing in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament for the first time since 2009.

The Drovers (10-18) will face eighth-seeded Mid-America Christian (13-14) in a play-in game on at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Oklahoma Baptist is hosting the tournament, and all games will be played at OBU’s Noble Complex.
 
The winning team will then on go to play top-seed Oklahoma City at 2:15 p.m....

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.

Rocio Medrano

CHICKASHA – Three Drovers scored in the double figures on Thursday night against the No. 1 Oklahoma City Stars but ultimately couldn’t overcome the powerful offense.

The Drovers (10-13, 1-3) jumped off to a 3-2 lead early on but once the Stars got back in control, they led the remainder of the game and won 104-58. OCU (20-2, 12-0) hasn’t lost a game since November.

Rocio Medrano led the Drovers in scoring with 12...

Tashina Ototivo

CHICKASHA – Senior Rocio Medrano had a double double on Saturday afternoon, leading the Drovers to an important conference win over the Saint Gregory’s, topping the Cavaliers 63-56.

Medrano sunk seven buckets and went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe in the game on her way to 23 points. She also had 12 rebounds and four assists.

Paige Pulliam and Celeste Smith each had nine points and three assists in the game....

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CHICKASHA – As the team’s only four-year starter, Tashina Ototivo has been through it all with the Drovers — and this season has held no exception to the gamut of highs and lows.
 
The season started off strong for the Drovers, who were 9-3 going into conference play. But the tough Sooner Athletic Conference slowed the season down — something Ototivo said they are working to overcome.