Arkansas Women’s Basketball team finished up their exhibition slate with a matchup versus Oklahoma City University. Coach Neighbors said in the press conference that he wanted to vamp up his exhibition schedule and that he did. Oklahoma City University is coming off a 31-5 finish and NAIA Runner-up and it showed from the start that the Stars came ready to play and they were not intimidated by playing the 22nd ranked Lady Backs inside Bud Walton Arena. The inside presence of Abby Selzer (6-5) and Brennyn Seagler gave the LadyBacks all they could handle with Selzer and Seagler both scoring 17 points a piece . The Stars kept it close with the three point attack. Chelsea Dungee got off to a hot start scoring 10 first quarter points. Chelsea was filling it from deep going 6-9 from three point range and 7-8 from the free throw line. Arkansas would go into halftime with a 40-37 lead. Second half started off with Arkansas trying to pull always but Oklahoma City just wasn’t ready to be done keeping it close until Amber Ramirez got hot and scored 12 of her 15 points in the 3rd quarter. Arkansas talent and depth finally kicked in in the 4th and started to pull away and closed it out with a 77-62 victory.
Dungee led all scorers with 31 points on 9-13 shooting. Amber Ramirez added 15 points and Jr Taylah Thomas had 9. Abby Selzer and Brennyn Seagler had 17 points each for The Stars and Mallory Lockhart added 13. Coach Neighbors has high praises for Coach Overton and his squad on a well played game and said they would be the favorite to win it all this year in NAIA. After the game Chelsea Dungee talked a little about what it meant to be ranked in the preseason stating “It is nice to get the credit we deserve for how hard we finished last season.” “We have to keep winning the games.” Amber Ramirez talked about her big 3rd quarter and how much confidence her teammates have in her to step up in key moments.
Up next for The LadyBacks is the season opener Nov 8th against New Orleans at 10:30 a.m. on Elementary Day. Looking forward to what Coach Neighbors has in store for this season and what these heights the players can reach.