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January 17, 2013

NOC Enid splits with Connors State

ENID, Okla. — It was all about the 3s at the Northern Oklahoma College-Connors State Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference basketball doubleheader at the Mabee Center Thursday.

Kati Sullivan hit seven treys in a 23-point performance as the No. 22 Lady Jets celebrated homecoming with a 76-50 win over Connors for their ninth straight victory. The win allowed NOC Enid to remain tied with Northeastern A&M for the OCAC lead at 6-1.

In the nightcap, Connors’ Hakeem Harris hit seven 3-pointers in scoring 28 of his game-high 30 points in the second half as the Cowboys won the men’s game 85-71. The loss dropped the Jets (14-5, 4-3) out of a share of the conference lead.

NOC Enid’s women used an 18-4 spurt to turn a 33-33 tie early in the second half into a commanding  51-37 advantage after two free throws by Chelsea Bates with 13:16 remaining.

“I was very pleased with the girls’ intensity and focus,’’ said Lady Jets coach Scott Morris. “That was a good win for us.’’

Sullivan had five 3s in scoring 15 of her 23 points in the first half. Marisha Williams had 10 points in each half in scoring 20 points, controlling the inside.

“The great thing about this team is our balance,’’ Morris said. “We’re putting the pieces of the puzzle together. We put shooters around Marisha and spread the offense. You pick your poison. If you want to stop the 3s, that what opens up the inside.’’

Christa Beasler had three treys and was the third Lady Jets player to reach double digits, scoring 10 points.

Sullivan was seven of 16, often firing up successfully from NBA 3-point range. She is hitting better than 50 percent from 3-point range in the last several games after being slowed by injuries the first semester.

“If I could shoot like her, you couldn’t pry the ball out of my hands,’’ Morris said. “This isn’t a fluke. She’s been shooting like that ever since she picked up a basketball.’’

Morris made a deal with Sullivan that she would shoot every time she’s open and Morris wouldn’t yell at her to shoot.

“There was one time she turned down an open shot,’’ Morris said with a smile. “I said I thought we had a deal. She shot the next one and hit it ... she can get that separation and shoot it quickly.’’

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