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Lady Bison undefeated during home stand

February 5, 2005

"It was tough to win five at home," said Head Coach John McCullough. "I think the huge win Thursday (against Lubbock) propelled us to the win today and made today's game that much more important. We just mixed up the defense a little bit. I was just trying to get some deflections and create some easy baskets. We were struggling offensively, but it turned out good for us in the end."

OBU got 19 points Saturday from Layla Schwarz to help beat Wayland Baptist 55-34. Schwarz also grabbed 12 rebounds to give her a double-double on the day.

"She's still getting a lot better," said McCullough. "She still needs to get stronger, but she's so athletic and wiry. She's like a rubber band out there."

The Lady Bison moved 7-4 in the conference with the win and now sport a 19-4 overall record. The Flying Queens fell 6-6 in the SAC and 11-10 on the year.

Wayland and OBU traded leads 12 times with eight ties before pulling away with 11:40 left in the game. The Lady Bison actually held Wayland scoreless for 7:33 while dumping in 17 straight points in that stretch.

The Lady Bison opened the first half with a 6-3 lead, but that lead was quickly erased after Miki Mays started a 6-0 run as Wayland took a 9-6 lead. OBU took the lead back on two Layla Schwarz lay ups, but Stephanie Shaw took the lead right back from the Bison to make the score 11-10.

OBU scored four straight point to take the lead at 14-11, but the Flying Queens went on a 6-0 run to take the lead at 17-14 with 4:37 left in the first half. Wayland held the lead until Shannon Plumb hit a jumper with 51 seconds in the half to give OBU a half time lead of 20-19.

In the second half Wayland jumped out to a 23-21 lead, but the Lady Bison hit back-to-back field goals to take a 25-23 lead. With 13:55 left Priscilla Alves put OBU up by three at 30-27 with a shot from beyond the arc.

Wayland Baptist answered the Alves three with a 4-0 run to take their last lead of the game at 31-30 with 11:40 left to play.

From that point in the game OBU shut down just about every opportunity the Queens had to score and took advantage of every possession they had on the offensive end. Schwarz sparked the game-ending run with a pair of free throws as OBU scored the next 17 points. The Queens hit only one field goal in the last 11:40 of the game.

Neither team shot well from the field as the Lady Bison shot only 30 percent from the field while holding Wayland to 26 percent.

OBU travels to Oklahoma City Thursday night to take on the Stars at 6 p.m.