CHICKASHA – The Drovers snapped their tough streak with a necessary 65-63 win over Southwestern Assemblies of God on Thursday night at the USAO Fieldhouse.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (4-11, 3-9) found a way to come out on top in their fourth annual Pink Out Cancer game, a player favorite where the athletes don pink uniforms.
While the Drovers kept close to the Lions (11-12, 5-8) the entire 40 minutes, they trailed the majority of the game, grabbing the final victory with 1:21 left on the clock when Sami Martin sunk an important layup to take the one-point lead.
A minute later, no one had scored but the Lady Lions sent Martin to the line for one-and-one. She nailed the first one to give the Drovers a two-point advantage they secured.
Martin and senior Paige Pulliam each had 18 points in the game. Martin had six rebounds, and Pulliam had four assists.
Rashelle Carr helped the Drovers all around the court, scoring 12 points, securing a team-high seven rebounds, helping with four assists and grabbing four steals on the night.
While the Lions out-rebounded the Drovers, USAO had the offensive rebound advantage of 17-14.
The game did have one sour note for USAO. In the first half of play, Brooke Worcester sustained an injury that sent her to the hospital. Before the night ended, she had been released.
The Drovers travel to Northwood on Saturday afternoon before returning home to play No. 4 Oklahoma Baptist, a team they faced just last weekend, on Monday night in a home game scheduled for 6 p.m.
It was USAO’s annual Pink Out Cancer game, and the players wore their pink uniforms as fans graced the stands in their own pink gear. The game was hosted by Drovers Against Cancer, who honored cancer survivors and caregivers.