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.