By Sean Ditmore
The Wayland Baptist Flying Queens (9-8, 4-5) had the book closed on their four-game winning streak by the 14th ranked Oklahoma City University Stars 67-55 last Saturday afternoon in Oklahoma City.
The Queens quickly jumped out to a surprising 28-12 lead with 7:37 remaining in the first half against the favored Stars.
However, Oklahoma City (12-4, 8-1) responded with a 19-3 run that left Wayland grasping to a slim 33-31 lead at halftime.
“For the most part I was proud of our kids’ effort,” Queens coach Tory Bryant said. “We really started off the game strong, and continued to battle and play hard the rest of the game.”
The Queens kept the game close, but eventually succumbed to the #14 Stars led by 5’11 sophomore forward Breezy Martin who had 19 points.
“We got in foul trouble and I think that was a big factor,” said Bryant.
Wayland was called for 28 fouls while Oklahoma City was whistled only 13 times.
Freshman Shelby Conrad helped the Flying Queens to keep it close with 18 points on 7-11 shooting from the field.
OCU made use of 19 Wayland turnovers turning them into 32 points. The Stars turned the ball over 14 times, leading to 8 points for the Flying Queens.