CHICKASHA – In an early season exhibition, the Drovers were looking to turn their shortfalls into improvements, which is exactly what they did, even if they may not have come out victorious Monday night against Southeastern Oklahoma State.

The Drovers started off the first half of the game falling well behind the DII Savage Storm.

“After the first 12 minutes, we calmed down and hung right with them, and even out scored them in the second half,” Head Coach Laci Tompkins said. “I thought it was a great experience for us.”

USAO out scored Southeastern 33-28 in the second half but ended the game down 77-62.?
“That is why you play higher divisions of competition, so you can get better and that’s what we wanted,” Tompkins said. “We saw where our weaknesses are and now we can work on those.”

Since the game was an exhibition, it does not count for or against either team in their overall records or statistics. Southeastern was picked to come in third in the Lone Star North Division.

BirTabitha “Tabby” Bailey scored a total of 18 points for USAO and was one of the Drovers strongest players Monday evening. SAC Player of the Week Aita Gueye scored another 11 for the Drovers.

Senior Tiffany Jupin was the team’s biggest rebounder on the night with six.

USAO holds strong at 3-1 on the season after defeating No. 17 Point Loma Nazarene over the weekend. The Drovers had about 250 fans for HSI Sensing Appreciation Night on Monday.

The Drover women head off to yet another tournament this weekend. They return home for the team’s conference opener against Saint Gregory’s on Dec. 2. It’s Holiday Heroes night and guests can get in free with a toy for the Salvation Army. Tip off is at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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Published: Nov. 15, 2010