The defending national champion Bison of Oklahoma Baptist University, following a road loss to Rogers State Monday, will head to Alva for an 8 p.m. contest today with Sooner Athletic Conference foe Northwestern Oklahoma State.


The defending national champion Bison of Oklahoma Baptist University, following a road loss to Rogers State Monday, will head to Alva for an 8 p.m. contest today with Sooner Athletic Conference foe Northwestern Oklahoma State.
The Bison are 21-7 overall and 15-5 in the SAC, and have dropped from ninth to 10th in the NAIA rankings. OBU remains atop the SAC standings, with Southern Nazarene and Rogers State now sharing a two-way tie for second at 14-6.
Northwestern, paced by leading scorer Orren Tims, is 19-9 overall and 13-7 in the conference. The Rangers are tied with John Brown for fourth place in the 12-team SAC field.
Tims is supplying 18.3 points per game for the Rangers, and Jonathan Freemyer is pulling down 5.4 rebounds per game. Daryl Glover is NWOSU’s assists leader at 3.3, and Brandon Harris leads in steals with 1.4.
Kevin Swinton remains OBU’s top scorer with 18.9 points per game, and he leads the Bison in field-goal percentage at 64.5 percent. Maurice Foster leads in rebounds (7.8) and steals (2.4), while Tim Bowman leads in assists with 3.6.
Allen Hester tops the Bison in 3-point field-goal shooting at 46 percent, and Bowman leads in free-throw percentage at 74.4 percent.
Today’s contest will be the 114th meeting between OBU and NWOSU, and the Bison hold a 64-49 edge in the all-time series. OBU won both of last year’s matches, and the Bison defeated the Rangers 70-65 earlier this season at the Noble Complex.
OBU holds a six-game streak against NWOSU, with the Rangers’ last win coming in the 2007-08 campaign.
This is the next-to-last regular-season game for OBU, and the Bison need to win just one of the two to secure a tie for the regular-season SAC title. Two losses, however, could push the Bison as low as fourth in the conference standings.
OBU’s women will open today’s doubleheader at NWOSU with a 6 p.m. tipoff. The Lady Bison hold a 29-12 advantage over the Lady Rangers, including a 63-60 win in Shawnee in January.
OBU (10-18, 8-12 SAC) has won the last eight contests with the Lady Rangers (10-15, 6-14 SAC).
Gabby Mattox, OBU’s leading scorer at 17.9 points per game, paced the Lady Bison in the January win with 23 points. Lauren Crenshaw added 15, and Meredith Treat finished with a dozen. Sam Smith, who leads OBU in rebounds with 8.2 per game, pulled down 15 boards in that game.
Crenshaw has missed nine games because of an injury, and Smith did not play opposite Rogers State Monday because of an injury. The Lady Bison lost to RSU, 80-63, to bring up a two-game skid.
Mattox leads OBU in field-goal percentage at 57.9 percent, and in free-throw percentage at 73.9 percent. Treat heads the Lady Bison in 3-point field-goal shooting at 35.1 percent.
Audrey Richmond is NWOSU’s leading scorer at 10.6 points per game. Claudia Vazquez leads in boards with seven.
OBU is currently seventh in the SAC standings, while Northwestern is 10th. Oklahoma City remains the conference leader at 18-2.
Another loss for OBU — coupled with MACU wins over Southern Nazarene and USAO— could keep the Lady Bison out of the postseason. A pair of wins in these last two regular-season games, however, could move the Lady Bison up to sixth unless Wayland Baptist registers defeats of Rogers State and John Brown.
SGU at Oklahoma Christian
St. Gregory’s will visit Sooner Athletic Conference member Oklahoma Christian today, with the women’s game tipping off at 6 p.m. and the men’s game following.
SGU’s women (6-21, 2-18 SAC) have lost six games in a row and are last in the SAC’s 12-team field. OC (13-15, 7-13) is tied with Mid-America Christian for eighth.
St. Gregory’s men (5-19, 2-18 SAC) are also 12th in the 12-team conference standings and have lost 11 consecutive contests. Oklahoma Christian (16-11, 10-10) is seventh and holds a two-game win streak.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.