Central Methodist was no match for defending NAIA women's basketball champion Oklahoma City. Lauren Gober had 17 points and eight rebounds Wednesday as top-seeded OCU hammered the Eagles 74-39 in the first round of the NAIA Championships at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankford, Ky.
OCU (27-3) cruised from the start, jumping to a 24-4 lead. The Stars forced Central Missouri (25-8) into 28 turnovers, and no Eagles player scored in double figures.
Katie Hall had 15 points, and Desiree Jeffries added 11 for OCU, which plays Shawnee State (Ohio) at 9:45 a.m. Friday in a second-round game.
*Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) scored 22 points off turnovers Wednesday, and that contributed to a 62-58 victory over University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in the first round of the NAIA Men's Basketball Championships in Kansas City, Mo. Mike Nwelue had a game-high 19 points for Southwestern Assemblies, which trailed by five points at halftime.
Jahseth Lloyd led USAO (17-10) with 11 points and eight rebounds.
*Southern Nazarene is in the semifinals of the National Christian College Athletic Association Women's Basketball Tournament. The Crimson Storm advanced with a 79-49 rout of Shorter (Ga.) on Wednesday in Winona Lake, Ind. Annie Kassongo had 19 points, and Aminata Fall added 17 points and a game-best 19 rebounds for Southern Nazarene, which will play either top-seeded Union (Tenn.) or Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Southern Nazarene women's program is a former NAIA power playing in the NCCAA tournament while it fulfills candidacy requirements to become an NCAA Division II member.
*Oklahoma Christian University coach Dan Hays notched career win No. 700 Wednesday, when the Eagles whipped Spring Arbor (Mich.) 83-59 in the first round of the NCCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in Winona Lake, Ind. Hays, who has been at OC for 30 years, watched his club advance behind Will Reinke, who had 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Oklahoma Christian only led by three points at the break, but it dominated the Cougars in the second half. The Eagles shot 57 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes compared to Spring Arbor's 39 percent.
OC will play either Cedarville (Ohio) or Tennessee Temple at 4:15 p.m. Friday.
OU WINS IN NINTH
Jack Mayfield's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning drove home the winning run Wednesday, and Oklahoma trimmed New Mexico State 3-2 in baseball at Mitchell Park in Norman. Mayfield finished the game with two hits and two RBIs. He scored once and stole a base to help the Sooners improve to 14-4. Matt Oberste and Kolbey Carpenter added two hits apiece.
OU pitching was solid. Starter Kyle Hayes and relievers Billy Waltrip and Jacob Evans combined for 11 strikeouts and just four walks. New Mexico State managed just five hits.
The Sooners next play at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Northwestern State (La.) at Mitchell Park.