Oklahoma state college notebook: OCU women's basketball to face Baylor, Brittney Griner
The Stars have played some tough exhibition games over the years, but this year they'll be facing the NCAA champion Baylor Bears and star Brittney Griner.
The Oklahoma City University women's basketball team has never been afraid to weather a storm. The Stars have played exhibition games against decent NCAA Division I schools such as Texas A&M, Texas Christian and Kansas State. OCU lost those games but put the experience to good use during the regular season against NAIA competition.
This season, OCU is being thrown into the middle of a tornado. First-year coach Latricia Trammell has scheduled the NAIA champion Stars to play an exhibition game against NCAA Division I champ Baylor, complete with all five starters from a 40-0 team. And that includes 6-foot-8 senior Brittney Griner, winner of every major award given in women's college basketball.
Game day is Oct. 30 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.
This is not the first time Trammell has put a ballclub against Baylor. Trammell's previous team, Western State (Colo.), took a 94-24 exhibition loss last October in Waco.
THE GOOD NEWS ...
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M slugged Highlands (Kan.) 36-12 in a junior college football game Saturday in Miami. NEO quarterback Clayton Mitchem passed for two touchdowns and ran for two; the sophomore from Spiro threw for a career-high 351 yards, falling 61 shy of setting a single-game school record. Harold Bailey threw for 411 yards in a 1966 game against Cameron. ... Running back Sheldon Wilson, who helped Anadarko High win the Class 4A state championship last season, had a team-high 55 yards rushing in his first game as a collegian. ... Garrett Powell, a sophomore from Bartlesville, had six catches for 120 yards. Fellow wideout Kameron Doolittle, a sophomore from Edmond Memorial, added six catches for 105 yards.
AND THE BAD NEWS
NEO won handily despite losing three of five fumbles. “And we didn't have an interception on defense,” Golden Norse coach Dale Patterson told the Miami News Record. “We dropped three or four passes that should've been take-aways.” Another area where NEO struggled was kicking. Kevin King, a freshman from Jenks, missed 22- and 37-yard field goal attempts. He failed on three point-after-touchdown tries in the second half.