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CHICKASHA – Steadily improving and keeping grades high will be the focuses of the 2012-13 women’s basketball team as they continue to transition with new Head Coach Jennifer Hayden.

“Certainly a goal for me coming in is to bring the team up and make it to the conference tournament,” Hayden said. “We always set an academic goal as well. We want to achieve a higher than 3.3 GPA.”

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CHICKASHA – As the leaves turn from a beautiful green to a crisp gold, Drover spirit takes over campus and, frankly, Madness sets in as fans prepare for the start of Drover basketball.

Drover Madness, USAO’s annual basketball pep rally, will open basketball season at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the USAO Fieldhouse.

“It’s a fun event that kicks off the basketball season,” said Coach Brisco McPherson, who first implemented...

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CHICKASHA – After shining on the court and in the classroom, USAO alumna Stephanie Liebl Huber continues to shine professionally.

Huber, a 1998 business graduate, played for the Drovers’ women’s basketball team from 1994 to 1998 and has gone to develop a successful law career.

Huber is one of nine former athletes to be honored at the 40th Anniversary of Athletics, scheduled on USAO’s campus Nov. 1-3. The weekend full...

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CHICKASHA – It’s been 40 years of blood, sweat and tears. Forty years of struggles and forty years of success. Forty years of Shining Moments.

USAO will celebrate its 40th Anniversary of Drover Athletics in first weekend of November. Registration, which is just $65 for a weekend full of events, is open currently, but prices will increase in less than two weeks. The deadline for early bird registration is Sept. 30.

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The In the Saddle crew bring on a very special guest in a short In the Saddle promo to show you what to expect out of Drover athletics this season! Meet Dusty the Drover and hear inside his head on this special show!

In the Saddle will begin its fall shows on Aug. 23 with Coach Jimmy Hampton with USAO Soccer.

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CHICKASHA – Two USAO student-athletes will find it a little easier to pay for college after receiving an exclusive scholarship: The Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Scholarship.

Paige Pulliam, women’s basketball guard, and Seth Sturgeon, baseball pitcher, are this year’s scholarship recipients.

The scholarship is awarded each year to one male and one female USAO athlete who exemplify the concept of student-athlete...

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CHICKASHA – Richard Nixon was President of the United States. The Vietnam War was winding to a close. The Price is Right began challenging viewers name the price of regular household items. And Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” topped the charts.

It was 1972, and the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts began entertaining Chickasha as college athletics found its way to the community.

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CHICKASHA – The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma has named Jennifer Hayden to lead the Drovers’ women’s basketball program as the new head coach.

“She understands the mission of the university,” USAO Athletic Director Brisco McPherson said. “Hopefully, she can bring the program back to where it’s been in the past. We are looking for someone who understands that academics as well as success on the court need to be equal and...

CHICKASHA – Coach Brisco McPherson has announced the dates for his 26th annual summer basketball camp.

Campers have two options – a day camp for students ages 12-16 and a mini camp for students ages 6-11. The day camp will be June 4-8. There are two dates for the mini camp, and campers can attend June 4-8 or June 25-29.

The day camp, which includes lunch, is $110. The mini camp is $60.

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CHICKASHA – Assistant women’s basketball coach Leandra Johnson said the Drover women adjusted to and responded well to the bad luck and difficulties the team experienced this season.

“They overcame it very well. They responded like adults would,” Johnson said. “We came to practice every day and did what we were supposed to do, and we went and played.”

Now with the season over, Johnson is looking into the off season to help...