OCU Women Win Christmas Tournament
The Ohio Christian University women's basketball team traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan over the weekend to win the Grace Bible College Christmas Tournament. On Friday night, the Lady Blazers started out slow, but still defeated Kuyper College 71-54. Freshman guard Johnna Freeze led OCU with 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 assists. Brenda Carter finished the game with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Junior point guard Ande Renihan dished out 9 assists.
On Saturday, the Lady Blazers faced Rochester College in the championship game. OCU was outsized by the posts for the other team (6'2 and 6'3), but they used tremendous heart and determination on defense to pull out a 10 point victory, deating Rochester College 71-61. Carter led OCU with 33 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Renihan tallied a double-double (11 points and 11 rebounds) and also dished out 8 assists. Sophomore forward added 10 rebounds.
"I was very proud of the way our team played over the weekend. They executed our game plan and played with determination and poise in the championship game, especially. Rochester was the best team we have played so far, with balance inside and on the perimeter, and it was a great test to see where we are right now as a team and where we measure up. I am excited to see this group continue to develop and improve as the season goes on," said OCU Head Coach Mandy Wray.