Lady Trailblazers Defeat KCU in Grayson
The #1 ranked Ohio Christian University women's basketball traveled to Grayson, Kentucky on Tuesday to face #2 ranked, and defending National Champions, Kentucky Christian University. After taking a 38-31 first half lead, Kentucky Christian started the second half with a run to tie the game at 40-40. The Lady Trailblazers were able take the lead again and held on in the final minutes to win by a score of 72-67, despite shooting only 14/25 from the charity stripe.
Freshman guard Kaity Wyeth led OCU with 17 points, while sophomore guard Shelby Roe finished with 11. Senior guard Danielle Fleming chipped in 8 points, despite battling the flu, and freshmen forwards Kendra Blair and Sharonda Jones added 7 points each. Although the Lady Trailblazers were out-sized, senior forward Angela Thorne pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.
The win marked the first loss for KCU Head Coach Ron Arnett and his squad to a NCCAA Division II school on their home floor in over twenty years. It was also a re-match of last year's National Championship game, in which the Lady Knights edged the Lady Blazers by two points for the National Title.
Head Coach Mandy Wray, who was not at the game because she is caring for her newborn baby in the NICU, said of her team, "I am so proud of our girls and my assistant coaches tonight. We have battled alot of adversity this past week, and it has not only taken a toll on me, but our entire team and coaching staff. It killed me not to be there tonight, but I am so proud of the way they responded and the effort and heart they displayed. It was a big win for us, and to win in their gym makes it even more special."
The Lady Blazers advanced to 17-4 overall with the win, and will tip-off again on Friday when they travel to OU-Lancaster. They are now 1-0 in the NCCAA Mid-East Region and 4-1 in the OCAC (Ohio Collegiate Athletic Conference).