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Lady Eagles fall into early hole, can’t recover at St. Mary’s in league opener

Roz Hamilton had 11 points and 15 rebounds in a loss at St. Mary's (Texas) on Wednesday.
Roz Hamilton had 11 points and 15 rebounds in a loss at St. Mary's (Texas) on Wednesday.

SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 21, 2013) – For the second straight season, Oklahoma Christian had a rough first half at St. Mary’s (Texas) and never quite recovered.

OC fell into an early 19-point hole and trailed the rest of the way in falling 65-56 to the Rattlers on Thursday night in the Heartland Conference opener for both teams at Bill Greehey Arena.

The Lady Eagles shot a season-low 26.1 percent in an arena where they shot 28.6 percent and dropped a 19-point decision last February to a team that eventually made the NCAA Division II tournament. The poor shooting negated a strong rebounding performance, as OC posted a 51-39 advantage over the Rattlers.

Roz Hamilton had 11 points and 15 rebounds for OC (3-2, 0-1 Heartland) but no one else reached double figures in scoring for the Lady Eagles. Logan McKee and McKenzie Stanford scored nine points each.

Lia Kioa scored 18 points to lead St. Mary’s (4-1, 1-0) and received plenty of support from Dezirae Elias (13 points, five assists), Morgan Pullins (10 points) and Kiara Etheridge (eight points, 10 rebounds).

St. Mary’s jumped to a 10-0 lead as OC didn’t score until more than five minutes into the game. The Rattlers pushed their advantage to 29-10 by the 5:35 mark of the first half before OC rallied within 36-27 by halftime.

OC cut the margin to seven points twice early in the second half but came no closer.

The Lady Eagles will visit conference foe Texas A&M International on Saturday afternoon.