Paige Pulliam

CHICKASHA – The Drover women battled hard and never gave up, but just couldn’t overcome the powerful No. 2 Lubbock Christian team.

Tough to defend, the Lady Chaps held up to their hype and shot 52 percent from the field in the game.

The Drovers, who scored 54 on the No. 2 team in the country, had 27 bench points as compared to the Chaps’ 23.

Krista Ford led the Drovers with nine points. Tashina Ototivo,...

Ndeye Ngom

CHICKASHA – The Drovers played a hard first half but couldn’t overcome the powerful second half by Wayland Baptist and fell 74-59 on Thursday night.

USAO (9-5, 0-5) led 33-28 at halftime, but the Flying Queens shot nearly 50 percent from the field in the second half and took the lead in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Four Drovers delivered points in the double digits in Thursday’s battle. Senior Rocio Medrano led...

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CHICKASHA – In her first season at the helm of the Drover women’s basketball team, Coach Jennifer Hayden and her team are off to a solid season going into a tough conference.

“We’re off to a pretty good start. Overall, we’ve been happy,” she said. “We have quite a few new faces, and that’s where the non-conference has been very beneficial for us.”

Krista Ford

CHICKASHA – Four Drovers scored in the double digits against John Brown on Tuesday night at the USAO Fieldhouse.

Leading the pack were seniors Krista Ford and Rocio Medrano, who each had 17 points. Tashina Ototivo had 10 points and led the team in rebounds with eight. Junior Rashelle Carr had 10 points.

In the game, the Drovers put pressure on the Golden Eagles, forcing them to take last second shots, but it seemed...

Tashina Ototivo

CHICKASHA – Up by four points in the final 38 seconds of the game, the Drover women were hoping to start the New Year with an upset over the No. 14 Rogers State Hillcats on Thursday night at the USAO Fieldhouse.

But three made free throws later, the Hillcats cut the lead to just one, and, with just one second remaining on the clock, RSU senior Ariani Silva sailed in a spot-on three pointer to deliver a heartbreaking loss to the...

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CHICKASHA – The USAO women had little problem fighting the Northwood Knights on Saturday afternoon in their last home game of 2012, leading nearly the entire game before winning it 72-60.

The Drovers (7-2) dominated the game, giving up the lead just once in the first two minutes, but quickly recovering and leading for the remainder of the game.

Rocio Medrano led the team in points, earning 22 in just 16 minutes after...

Krista Ford

CHICKASHA – The Drovers grab their second home win with a rout over the Warriors of Bacone College, winning the game 66-46 on Monday night.

The Drovers (6-2) won by 20 but were leading at one point by as much as 34 at halftime.

Bacone quickly jumped off to a 4-0 lead, but the lead didn’t last long – and they weren’t able to get it back.

The Drovers started hitting shots and defending well and went into halftime leading 47...

Ndeye Ngom

CHICKASHA – The Drovers slid past Southwestern Christian in USAO’s home opener on Tuesday evening, thanks in part to strong rebounding by junior Ndeye Ngom.

Ngom had 17 rebounds and 12 points in the game. She went 4-for-6 from the field and a perfect 2-for-2 beyond the arc.

Immediately starting the game with two points, Rocio Medrano, the game’s high scorer with 20 total, knocked in a layup within the first few...

Krista Ford

CHICKASHA – After leading the Drovers in points scored in their first two games, senior Krista Ford was named the first Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Week for women’s basketball.

Ford, who joined the Drovers just this season from Sul Ross State University, had 27 points in the team’s opener against Southwestern Assemblies of God and 17 the following day against Friends University. The Drovers won both games.

Ndeye Ngom

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.”