Date Published

Thursday, April 5, 2012

CHICKASHA – More than halfway through the season, the Drover women have a strong winning record, despite facing several NAIA Top 25 teams along the way.

“So far it’s pretty good. We started off a little rocky. But we’ve come to understand how we actually work together as a team, and that has definitely proven successful for us,” Sophomore Brooke McLeod said. “I think we can only get better from here.”

McLeod said she actually welcomes the competitive atmosphere of the Sooner Athletic Conference because it requires the Drovers to play hard every game and gives them an opportunity to compete with the nation’s best.

“I think it’s good for us that conference is so tough. It’s all about who shows up that day,” she said. “I don't think there’s anyone who’s that much better than anyone else in conference, so that helps.”

McLeod, from Newcastle, decided to attend USAO because of its location close to family and to play with former opponents.

“I love being close to home … My sister graduated from here. She talked the school up a lot and so that helped,” McLeod said. “Also my teammates. I’ve played against them my whole life … so I thought that would be an interesting challenge for me.”