SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist plays in its first NCAA basketball postseason Thursday when the Lady Bison take on No. 15 Southwestern Oklahoma State in Bartlesville's Bruin Field House at 8 p.m.
The Lady Bison are in the NCAA postseason for the first time. OBU last participated in the postseason in the NCCAA National Tournament in 2016, finishing third. Prior to that, OBU was a fixture in the NAIA women's national tournament. OBU had 16 NAIA Tournament appearances and won 16 games, including one semifinal and five quarterfinal appearances.
OBU is 17th in the NCAA at 78.2 points per game and 10th nationally at 79 percent free throw shooting. McKenzie Cooper is No. 8 in the nation with her 90.4 percent free throw accuracy and seventh in the country and tops in the GAC in three-points shooting percentage at 46.4 percent.
Cooper averages 17.1 points with Tasha Edge getting 14.6 points and Lexi Williams 10.1 points per game. Edge leads the team with 8.6 rebounds per contest. Autumn Avina is averaging 9.7 points, six rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
Hailey Tucker leads Southwestern at 20 points per game with Hayden Priddy adding 15.8 and Tyra Aska 14. Bethany Franks averaged 10.3 points and a league-leading 9.7 rebounds per game.
Oklahoma Baptist got 18 points each from Kadesha Cooper and McKenzie Cooper and a double-double from Edge but lost to No. 10 Southwestern, 100-72 last week. Priddy had 24 points and Tucker added 22 for the Lady Bulldogs. OBU had five scorers in double figure scoring in a 91-78 loss to Southwestern Oklahoma State in January. Edge had 13 points, as did Williams. Avina had 11 and McKenzie Cooper added 10. Shaylan Coleman had a career best 23 points. Priddy had 20 to lead SWOSU.
An OBU win would place the Lady Bison in the 5:45 p.m. game Saturday against Harding or Southeastern.