The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 24, 2013

NOC Enid alums making 4-year school impact

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

— Northern Oklahoma College Enid’s sophomores from last season are making a smooth transition in the four-year college ranks this basketball season.

Here is a look at how some former Jets and Lady Jets are doing:

• Jeremy Espinoza is the leading scorer for 3-7 Newman University at the Christmas break with a 12.3 average.

He is 43 of 91 from the field for 47.3 percent and 13 of 34 from three-point range for 38.2 percent and 22 of 29 from the foul line for 75.9 percent.

Espinoza has pulled down 60 rebounds — 25 offensive and 35 defensive — and has 11 assists, six blocked shots and 13 steals.

• Phillip Brown has started all 11 games for 8-3 University of Central Oklahoma.

He is averaging 10.1 points per game, hitting 48 of 83 shots from the field for 57.8 percent and 15 of 22 free throws for 68.2 percent. Brown has not attempted a three-point shot.

He has 64 rebounds — 29 offensive and 35 defensive — to go with six assists, 12 blocked shots and four steals.

• Dalen Qualls is the sixth-leading scorer for the 9-2 Northeastern Oklahoma State Redmen, averaging eight points per contest. He’s started 11 games.

He has hit 30 of 67 shots from the field fror 44.8 percent, 16 of 41 from 3-point for 39 percent and 12 of 16 from the foul line for 75 percent. He has five rebounds — two offensive and three defensive — to go with 12 assists and three steals.

• Connor Brooks has played in all 12 for games for 10-2 Division I Stephen F. Austin. Brooks, who is averaging 2.4 points per game, has hit 11 of 33 shots for 33.3 percent from the field, three of 13 from 3-point range for 23.1 percent and four of six from the foul line for 66.7 percent.

He has 15 rebounds — 10 offensive and five defensive ¸— to go with 15 assists, one blocked shot and three steals.

• Chelsea Bates, the most valuable player in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference after leading the Lady Jets to the league title, is averaging 8.4 points per game for 5-3 Southwestern Oklahoma State.

She  has hit 17 of 34 shots for 50 percent, five of eight from 3-point range for 62.5 percent and 28 of 37 from the foul line for 75.7 percent.

Bates has 22 rebounds — six offensive and 16 defensive — to go with 16 assists and 16 steals.

• Marisha Wallace has seen limited action in all 10 games for the unbeaten Oklahoma State Cowgirls. She is averaging two points per game, having hit seven of 15 shots from the field for 46.7 percent, and six of nine free throws for 66.7 percent.

She has nine offensive and 13 defensive rebounds to go with two assists and three steals.

• Senior Xavier McClish, in his second year at Arkansas-Fort Smith, is averaging 8.1 points per game for the 7-2 Lions. He has hit 26 of 49 field goal attempts for 53.1 percent, three of six three-pointers for 50 percent and 18 of 24 free throws for 75 percent.

He has 17 rebounds, all on defense, to go with 32 assists and four steals.

• Former Lady Jet Justice Payne had 15 points Friday to lead Benedictine College, last year’s NAIA runnerup, to a 81-74 upset of No. 2-ranked Oklahoma City University.

• Krystal Fowler, Payne’s classmate, has seen action in eight games at 7-4 University of Central Oklahoma. She has hit three of six shots for 50 percent and is two of five from the foul line for 40 percent. She has six rebounds — two offensive and four defensive.