Cara Pugh scored 21 points, and Ouleymatou Coulibaly added 14 rebounds as No. 5-ranked Oklahoma City held off Southwestern Christian 73-65 in the second round of the Sooner Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday in Shawnee.
Yvonte Neal had 19 points for OCU (22-3), which plays John Brown (Ark.) at 3 p.m. Friday in the semifinals on the Oklahoma Baptist campus in Shawnee. Southwestern Christian (11-19) had a game-best 23 points from Vanessa Bledsoe.
•Mannford product Lauren Rogers had 22 points to lead John Brown to a 72-60 SAC Tournament win over Mid-America Christian. Ashlee Ferguson had 18 points for Mid-America Christian (17-13). John Brown improved to 24-6.
•No. 6-ranked Oklahoma Baptist advanced to the semifinals after its 92-65 rout of St. Gregory’s. Janell Beacham had 21 points, six rebounds and two steals for OBU (26-5), which faces Wayland Baptist (Texas) at 1 p.m. Friday.
Taylor Koelsch and Lexi Huff each had 14 points for St. Gregory’s (4-24).
•On the men’s side of the SAC Tournament, also in Shawnee, Oklahoma Baptist shocked top-seeded Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) 79-78 in overtime. Aaron Abram gave OBU (17-15) its one-point lead on a free throw with 1:10 left. The Bison delivered with two defensive stops, Abram grabbing rebounds both times.
He led OBU with 20 points and 15 rebounds. The Bison will play Mid-America Christian (17-10) in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday.
Dominique Rambo, the reigning NAIA Player of the Year, led Southwestern Assemblies of God (26-5) with 19 points.
• Jarius Wilson scored 29 points, and Angelo Louis grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Mid-America Christian to an 87-85 victory over Oklahoma City.
OCU (16-12) had a chance to tie or win it at the end, but Mid-America Christian’s Reggie Davis stole the ball from R.J. McGhee with one second left in the game. McGhee led the Stars with 21 points.