Oklahoma Baptist will try to bounce back from its first 20-loss women’s basketball season despite losing its two leading scorers from 2010-11.


Oklahoma Baptist will try to bounce back from its first 20-loss women’s basketball season despite losing its two leading scorers from 2010-11.

What the team lost in scoring offense from last season, they hope to make up in a better team chemistry this season.

“We lost our top two scorers and rebounders, but this team is different,” said OBU head coach John McCullough. “We have a good chemistry and a high level of energy. No star has risen yet.”

Alex Miletic will be the size presence in the middle for OBU.

“She’s playing her best basketball since she’s been here,” McCullough said. “She’s the only size we have inside.”

Diamond Austin, Meredith Treat, Lillian Prince, Raquel Dudzevich, Brenna Burnett and Allison Murphree will all be in the front court mix.

Austin played in only two games before injury ended her season last year. Treat played in all 32 games and started 17 and will move in from her guard spot of last season.

“Diamond is coming off MCL surgery and is playing well,” said McCullough. “She’s one of our best defenders and a very active rebounder. Meredith is a little more comfortable inside, but she gives us flexibility. She can spread the floor out and shoot the three.

“Prince just gets it done,” McCullough said. “She’s an under-sized post but she has no fear in the post. She’s aggressive and led the junior colleges in rebounds last year.”

“Raquel is very skilled and is learning very well,” said McCullough of the freshman from Brazil. “She could be our best back-to-the-basket player.”

Burnett, a sophomore, and Murphree, a freshman, will keep things fresh in the middle, possibly seeing a lot of playing time in the forward rotation that McCullough plans to deploy.

The back court includes three returning players who started last season. Lauren Crenshaw, who missed 13 games with injury last season, is the top returning scorer. The sophomore guard averaged 11.8 points last

season. Bridget Reynolds averaged nine points and Allie Brandenburg started 30 games as a freshman at point guard last season.
Junior college transfer Ashton Pittman and freshmen Charity Fowler and Bretlin Sanders will also see quality minutes as newcomers.

“Ashton might have the highest basketball IQ on the team,” McCullough said. “She’s a complete player and just has a great feel for the game. Charity is a good post-up guard and she has a good jump shot. Bretlin’s another player with a great IQ for the game. She and Charity have played for state championship teams.”

The Lady Bison tip off the season Nov. 5, hosting Howard Payne at 1 p.m.