Huge win for the defending NAIA champion Oklahoma City U. women's basketball team. The Stars toppled No. 1-ranked Lubbock Christian (Texas) 79-68 on the road last Thursday. The statement win improved the No. 6-ranked Stars to 11-2 overall and 3-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. Lubbock Christian fell to 16-1, losing to a team that might be ready to defend its title despite losing a lot of horsepower to graduation.
Desiree Jeffries had 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals for OCU. The Del City High product was named Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
*The Northeastern State women's basketball team tied a school-record with 15 3-pointers during its 85-57 rout of Nebraska-Kearney. The RiverHawks put up 26 shots from behind the arc. Taylor Lewis, a senior from Broken Arrow, finished with a game-high 26 points. Lewis was the 3-point queen, sinking 6 of 7 3-point attempts in just 21 minutes.
*Oklahoma Christian U. center Will Reinke was named Sooner Athletic Conference Men's Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. Reinke, a three-time winner this season, averaged 21 points, 14.5 rebounds and 3 blocks as the Eagles lost in overtime to McMurry (Texas) and defeated St. Edward's (Texas) in double OT. Reinke is a 6-foot-10 senior out of Lawton; he was named a preseason NCAA Division II All-American by Basketball Times.
*Oklahoma City U. wrestler Mark Meyer had a huge win before Christmas break. The No. 7-ranked 157-pounder pinned top-ranked Chad Lowman of Grand View (Iowa) during the Duster Duals in Las Vegas. Meyer won it in 6 minutes, 36 seconds. Meyer also pinned Bryce Robbins of Waldorf (Iowa), but the former Midwest City standout lost two matches by decision.
*Former Jacksonville State (Ala.) assistant Brent Fleetwood is coming home to Oklahoma. He was named head golf coach for the men's and women's teams at Southwestern State. Fleetwood, a Duncan native, had been at Jacksonville State since 2008. He played and served as an assistant coach at Northeastern State. Fleetwood inherits a men's team that won the Great American Conference championship last season.
*Oklahoma Baptist football coach Chris Jensen has hired Paul Smith as defensive coordinator. Smith has been an assistant at Ardmore and Norman high schools; those teams' defenses ranked among the best in the state. ... Southern Nazarene wide receiver Sedrick Johnson was named second-team All-American by the National Christian College Athletic Association. The Iowa State transfer led the Crimson Storm receivers with 68 catches for 744 yards and nine touchdowns. SNU linebacker Michael Hicks was an honorable mention selection. ... OBU has switched sites for its swimming and diving dual this weekend against Ouachita Baptist (Ark.). The schools will compete 6 p.m. Friday at Oklahoma City Community College and noon Saturday at OBU in Shawnee. ... Oklahoma Christian men's basketball coach Dan Hays is nine victories shy of 700.