The Edmond Sun


November 8, 2012

UCO men, women lose exhibition basketball games to OU, OSU

NORMAN — A seven-minute scoring drought midway through the first half put Central Oklahoma in a big hole and the Bronchos couldn’t recover in falling to Oklahoma 94-66 in a Wednesday night exhibition at McCasland Fieldhouse.

UCO trailed just 15-14 with 11:38 left in the first half after two Spencer Smith free throws, but the Bronchos wouldn’t score again until the 5:46 mark — missing four field goals, two free throws and committing five turnovers — as the Sooners scored 18 unanswered points to open up a 33-16 lead.

OU went on to take a 46-27 cushion into the halftime locker-room and the Bronchos got no closer than 18 in the final 20 minutes.

It was the first of two straight exhibition games for UCO, which goes to Oklahoma City Thursday night for a 7 p.m. contest. The Bronchos open the season for real next Thursday, hosting Southwestern Christian.

Christian Huffman and freshmen Cal Andrews led a balanced UCO attack with 11 points apiece, while Josh Gibbs and Smith added 10 each. Gibbs also contributed seven rebounds and three steals.

The Bronchos fell behind 5-0 to open the game and were down 14-6 after just four minutes. Nic Combs hit two free throws before Huffman made a layup and Jamell Cormier a short jumper in a 6-0 run that got UCO with 14-12 and it was a 15-14 OU lead after Smith’s two foul shots.

But the Bronchos went cold after that and the Sooners took advantage to open up their 19-point halftime lead.

UCO tried to stay close and was within 18 at 58-40 following an Andrews trey at the 15:15 mark, but OU scored the next five points and stayed safely in front the rest of the way.

Central shot just 35.8 percent from the field for the game, including 22.2 percent (4-of-18) from beyond the arc, and made only 14-of-24 (58.3 percent) of its free throws.

Cowgirls outmatch UCO women

STILLWATER — Central Oklahoma was no match for Oklahoma State Wednesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena in its final exhibition game of the preseason.

The Bronchos fell behind 12-0 in the first four minutes and shot just 27.1 percent from the field in dropping a 118-43 decision to the powerful Cowgirls, who returned all five starters from last year’s 22-12 team and are ranked No. 23 in Division I.

OSU shot a sizzling 64.9 percent from the field and the taller, more physical Cowgirls held a huge 51-16 rebounding advantage while also forcing UCO into 25 turnovers.

“They’ve got a great team and we just couldn’t match up with them,” UCO coach Guy Hardaker said.  “I was disappointed we didn’t play better than we did, but they obviously had a lot to do with that.

“Hopefully we’ve learned some things from these exhibition games and we’ll be ready to go when the games start to count this weekend.”

The Bronchos, who beat Oklahoma Baptist in their exhibition opener before losing to Wichita State and OSU, goes to San Antonio, Texas this weekend for the St. Mary’s Classic.  UCO opens against Minnesota-Duluth Saturday and then plays Cameron Sunday.

Freshman McKenzie Solberg led UCO with 11 points, while Courtney Harper had eight of her 10 in the first half.  Jill Bryan made three 3-pointers in the final four minutes to add nine points.

Toni Young hit 13-of-17 shots in scoring 26 points while adding 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and four steals to pace the Cowgirls.

UCO had five turnovers and missed its first three shots to trail 12-0 barely four minutes into the contest before Harper ended the drought with a pair of free throws and she added back-to-back 3-pointers a few minutes later.

The Bronchos were within 13 (29-16) with 9:08 left in the half after McKenzie drained a 10-foot baseline jumper, but OSU ended the half with a 23-6 run to go up 52-22 at the break and UCO could get no closer.

Text Only
  • spts-EN Jaci Smith long backhand.jpg Wallar voted National Tennis Coach of the Year finalist

    The National High School Athletic Coaches Association honored  Dee Ann Waller, coach and teacher from Edmond North High School, as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in tennis.   
    Eight finalists from across the nation were chosen to be honored during The National Coach of the Year awards banquet that took place during the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention June 14-18, at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wy.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-Hershey Mary McKey.jpg McKey to compete in North American final

    Edmond’s Mary McKey, who attends John Carroll Catholic School in Oklahoma City, qualified for the Hershey’s Track & Field Games North American Final after winning the Hershey’s Oklahoma State Meet  June 28.
    McKey, 12, had the fastest time in the region that consists of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico and Puerto Rico. Hershey only accepts eight runners from North America.
    McKey is a Catholic grade school champion and the first Catholic student to qualify for the North American final. She is also a Jim Thorpe Games 400-meter      champion.
    The North American final will run Aug. 2           in Hershey, Pa.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Former quarterback Bell has pedigree to dominate at tight end for Sooners

    The question came quickly to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Are there any plans to use Blake Bell at quarterback — in some capacity?
    “That’s funny, it keeps coming up,” Stoops said Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days. “Blake was recruited definitely as a quarterback. But when you look at him now after three years, he is the pro-type at tight end. He’s got great hands, great size. He can run. Natural spacing as far as where to be in his routes.”
    So, the answer is no.

    July 25, 2014

  • Smith ready to begin the next chapter with Ravens

    During his long drive to Maryland from his North Carolina home Sunday, veteran wide receiver Steve Smith had plenty of time to think about an offseason defined by a dramatic change in his life.
    After 13 years with the Carolina Panthers, Smith was cut in March following one of the least productive seasons of his career. The Ravens promptly signed him to a three-year, $11 million contract.
    Smith remained in a reflective mood as veterans officially reported to camp Wednesday. Smith, however, showed up Monday eager for his new start.

    July 25, 2014

  • Blackmon.jpg Local cops arrest NFL player on marijuana complaint

    The Edmond Police Department has released the incident report related to the arrest of ex-Oklahoma State star and current NFL player Justin Blackmon.
    Blackmon, 24, a product of Plainview High School in Ardmore, is a 6-1, 210-pound wide receiver in his second year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. At Oklahoma State University, he was a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner as the country’s best collegiate wide receiver.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Former OSU line coach having impact on Texas staff

    It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it — former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong’s Texas Longhorns.
    “It’s always good when you go hire staff and you look at just getting the right people within your program. And, a lot of times, guys know a lot of Xs and Os, but it’s all just about developing a player,” said Strong, Tuesday during the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days. “Joe and I, we’ve coached together at two different places. But just with him being within his conference and knowing the conference, he’s been a great asset.”

    July 22, 2014

  • spts-ESF Max McGreevy state champ.jpg Santa Fe alum McGreevy makes U.S. Amateur

    OU’s Max McGreevy, an Edmond Santa Fe graduate, and University of Tulsa’s Logan McCracken qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur, the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) prestigious annual event featuring the world’s finest amateur golfers. This year’s championship will be held at the venerable Atlanta Athletic Club (AAC) in Johns Creek, Aug. 9-17.

    Qualifying Players
    Max McGreevy, Edmond 67-65—132
    Logan McCracken, Oklahoma City 69-66—135

    1st Alt. Garrison Mendoza, Clinton 69-71—140
    2nd Alt. Thomas Johnson, Norman 71-69—140

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-OC Rhein Gibson 17 tee.jpg Gibson closes British Open with a 78, 3 birdies in final 6 holes

    Even if he didn’t post the score he wanted, Rhein Gibson left Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Sunday knowing he at least finished strong.
    Gibson’s final-round 6-over-par 78 at the British Open looks a lot better when one considers he birdied three of his final six holes. The Oklahoma Christian alum finished his first major championship at 10-over-par 298 — in 72nd place overall — earning himself a paycheck of $20,840.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-OGA Reid mug.jpg Edmond’s Reid comes back to win Senior Stroke Play

    James Reid, of Edmond, rallied to win the OGA’s Senior Stroke Play Championship with a smoking 67 July 15 at the Trails Country Club in Norman. Edmond’s Jon Valuck tied for fifth place.
    In the pro series, Cameron Meyers of Edmond shot 68-70 for the top prize while Andrew Green of Edmond finished third.

    Oklahoma Golf Association
    Senior Stroke Play Championship
    July 14-15
    The Trails Golf Club
    Final Results

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-AF Will Conant kicker.jpg Air Force kicker Conant named to Groza Award watch list

    Air Force senior Will Conant, an Edmond Memorial graduate, is one of 30 players nationwide to be named to the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award watch list, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
    Conant hit 32-of-33 PATs and 11-of-13 field-goal attempts last season. He ranked third in the conference in field-goal percentage with an 84.6 mark that is the fourth-best in school history and best since Joey Ashcroft hit 88.8 percent (16-18) in 2002.
    Conant is one of two kickers in Air Force history to hit three times from 50-plus yards in a season. He hit three 52-yard kicks last season (versus Colgate, San Diego State, New Mexico), matching Ryan Harrison’s three 50-plus field goals in 2007. Conant’s three 50-plus field goals already rank him third in school history in career 50-yard field goals.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo