In their last home games of the season, both the men and women’s basketball teams lost to the Oklahoma City University Stars.

Both games were nearly same as OCU downed the Lady Rams 60-51 and then edged the men 85-78 in the nightcap. Texas Wesleyan fought hard in each contest but could not stage late comebacks to defeat the Stars.

In the women’s nine-point loss, Oklahoma City took the early lead and controlled the game until the end. Wesleyan fell behind 13-0 and played catchup for the rest of the game but impressed head coach Bill Franey with team defense.

Five senior women and assistant coach Craig Lindelow was recognized during Senior Nigh activities. Onysesonam Nolisa led the Lady Rams with 16 points and nine rebounds. Senior ToiEasha Cooper added 10 points, and point guard Amy Moody chipped in six assists. The Wesleyan women’s team fell to 13-14 overall and 8-10 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. OCU, ranked sixth nationally, advanced to 19-3 and 16-2 in SAC play.

The men’s squad honored eight seniors playing in their last regular season home game.  Senior standout Deonte Jones, one of 16 finalists for the national College Slam’s Dark Horse Dunker, also sang the national anthem in his home finale.

Coach Brennen Singleton’s men also fought hard and cut the Stars’ lead to five points twice in the second half but could not catch up against the Sooner Athletic Conference power, which is now 16-9 overall and 12-6 in the SAC. The Rams dropped to 15-13 overall and 8-10 in conference play before a Feb. 25 road game against Oklahoma University of Science and Arts.

Both the Wesleyan and OCU men were not shy about launching three-point shots. The host Rams were a solid 10-for-22 (45.5 percent) with Deonte Jones sinking 5-of-8. Oklahoma City went 8-for-20 from beyond the arc.  Jorge Redmon topped Wesleyan with 21 points while Dallas Jones had 18 and Deonte Jones ended with 15 markers.

The last home game of the season also was ALS Awareness/Senior night. The eight men’s seniors escorted their parents out to center court, recognized for their career accomplishments, had commemorative pictures taken, and given awards with enlarged game action photos from their careers.

The women have a total of five seniors, and the men have a total of nine seniors on the teams. This was both teams last home game. They do have two more away games, 2/25 against University of Science and Arts in OK, and Wayland Baptist University in Plainview TX on 3/1.

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