State college notebook: Brittney Griner scores 16, young Baylor players see floor in win over Oklahoma City University
Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey used the exhibition game against Oklahoma City U. on Tuesday to give newcomers a chance to play.
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*Southern Nazarene junior Blake Cavill helped make up for the absence of injured star linebacker Michael Hicks last Saturday at Southwestern State. Cavill, also a linebacker, returned an interception 87 yards in the third quarter; in the fourth quarter, he ran back a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown. On the interception return, Cavill was chased down at the Southwestern State 5 by wide receiver Timmy Winans. But the Crimson Storm failed to score after a 15-yard personal foul penalty and four other plays resulted in minus-15 yards.
Hicks, who was The Oklahoman's Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, will miss the remainder of the season with a torn MCL.
*East Central linebacker Tyler McGrew was named Great American Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The senior collected a dozen tackles and returned an interception 23 yards during the Tigers' 37-27 upset of No. 20-ranked Ouachita Baptist (Ark.). The former All-District receiver at Bixby High School also threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Cody Nall on a fake field goal in the first quarter that gave ECU a 6-0 lead. Brian Gonzalez' point-after kick was blocked, but he rebounded with three field goals, including a career-long 47-yarder.
*Brittney Roberts joined the 100-win club as a wrestler for the Oklahoma City University women's team. Roberts, a three-time All-American, reached the century mark while winning the 155-pound championship last weekend at the CanAm Open in Jamestown, N.D. Roberts hopes to become flight nurse after college.
*Bo Bond transferred to Rogers State from Northeastern A&M, where he captained the men's basketball team as a sophomore. He averaged 12.7 points last season. Rogers State looked forward to having Bond contribute this season, but the 6-foot-4 forward suffered a knee injury in practice and is out for the season.
Bond “was someone we were counting on, and he just had a bad run of luck,” Rogers State coach Justin Barkley said.
Rogers State has made the NAIA Championships' quarterfinals the last two seasons. The Hillcats will go for a sixth consecutive 20-win season behind three returning starters, including leading scorer, senior Donald Williams, who averaged 14.6 points.
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