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BETHANY– The women entered their opening weekend trying to start the season off on the right foot playing at Southwestern Christian Classic on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

The Drovers (0-1) took a 73-45 advantage in a Saturday afternoon exhibition match against Rhema Bible College after dropping the 2013-14 season opener against Friends University with a final of 67-39.

In the exhibition matchup, the Drovers had two members...

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CHICKASHA – Head Coach Jennifer Hayden is expecting big things out of her young team in her second season with the Drover women’s basketball team.

“We are looking forward to a good season. We have four returning seniors and several new faces,” Hayden said. “We want to be competitive and put ourselves in a position to win games.”

The Drovers are returning just one starting player from last year who will see time on...

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CHICKASHA – In addition to its fair share on NAIA competitions, the USAO women’s basketball team will face a high-profile program — NCAA Division I Oral Roberts University.

The game will be an exhibition for the Drovers and will be their third contest of the season. Tip off is scheduled for noon Nov. 8 at ORU’s Mabee Center in Tulsa.

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CHICKASHA – As the air grows colder in Chickasha, residents know fall means one thing: Drover basketball.
Each year, crowds flock to the USAO Fieldhouse for USAO’s annual basketball pep rally, Drover Madness. The event promises to give fans the opportunity to meet the basketball teams while enjoying one of the most popular campus events of the year.

Madness is set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the USAO Fieldhouse. The...

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CHICKASHA – The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma women’s basketball team was picked to come in eighth in the Sooner Athletic Conference, according to the preseason coaches’ poll released this week.

“We are looking forward to the upcoming season,” Head Coach Jennifer Hayden said. “The SAC is one of the toughest conferences in the country so every game is a battle no matter where you are in the rankings.” 

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CHICKASHA – Home athletic events at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will become more accessible to parents and out-of-town fans this year as the Drovers will host live stream video of home games, USAO sports information office and the athletic department announced Wednesday.

Games will have live video streaming in real time along with live stats, a convenience USAO added in 2010. To see both, click on the “Live Stats...

McPherson and campers

CHICKASHA – For the 27th straight year, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will be hosting a youth summer basketball camp aimed at local and area children ages 6-16.

Hosted and directed by Brisco McPherson, USAO head men’s basketball coach and athletic director, the camp helps attendees hone basketball skills, such as shooting and teamwork.

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...