The Edmond Sun

July 25, 2013

Stars take on Texas A&M in women's basketball exhibition

SEC All-Freshman Walker from Edmond will spark the Aggies

Special to The Sun

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Oklahoma City University begins the 2013-14 women’s basketball season facing Edmond Santa Fe graduate Coutney Walker and her Texas A&M teammates in an exhibition 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in Reed Arena.

Texas A&M last met the Stars on Nov. 6, 2011, winning 84-63 in an exhibition at Reed Arena. OCU went on to win its sixth national championship that season.

“We are very excited to play such a talented team,” OCU coach Latricia Trammell said. “I have great respect for Gary Blair and his program. These are the type of games that will expose our weaknesses and better prepare our team for our regular-season games.”

Kayla MacKenzie leads the Stars’ returnees with 10.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.00 steals a game. MacKenzie, a senior from Peoria, Ariz., ranked second on the team with 41 3-pointers made.

Oklahoma City University comes off a 28-4 season in 2012-13, when the Stars captured its 14th Sooner Athletic Conference regular-season championship by going unbeaten and reaching the NAIA Division I Tournament quarterfinals.

In 2012-13, Texas A&M advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive time after winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Walker, a sophomore from Edmond, posted 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game en route to notching SEC All-Freshman honors for A&M (25-10).

The Stars open the regular season Nov. 22-23 in the Austin Tournament in Sherman, Texas.

OCU owns national championships won in 1988, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2012.