Eastern basketball looking strong at season midpoint


WILBURTON, OK (Jan. 14, 2014) – The Eastern Oklahoma State College women’s and men’s basketball teams are looking strong as they reach the halfway point of the season.

The Lady Mountaineers are ranked No. 21 in the latest NJCAA poll and Head Coach Amber Taylor has led her team to a 14-3 overall record and a 5-1 start in conference play.

Several Lady Mountaineers are making an impact in the conference. Sophomore De’Amber Brice of Denton, Texas is currently leading the conference in steals and assists, with 97 and 74 respectively for the season so far. She also ranks second in the conference in field goal percentage (52.9 percent) and total rebounds (194). She is averaging 17.1 points per game, which ranks fourth in the conference.

Sophomore Kaya Johnson of Oakland, Calif. is leading the conference in rebounds per game (12.7) and total rebounds (216). Sophomore Jordan Franks of Norman is ranked third in the conference with 163 rebounds, while Sophomore Tangella Landry of Lafayette, La. ranks fourth in the assists category with 63.

The Mountaineers, led by Head Coach Scott Edgar, are currently 13-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference. Sophomores Mike McCode of Orlando, Fla. and Chauncy Parker of Proctor, Ark., as well as freshman Aaron Young of Edmond are all currently ranked second in conference statistical categories. McCode has 47 three-pointers on the season, Parker has 42 blocks and Young has an 83.3 percent free throw percentage.

Sophomore Devaughn Purcell of Orlando, Fla. is averaging 19.9 points per game and sophomore Dontavious Sears of Memphis, Tenn. is averaging 17.8 points per game, for third and fifth place respectively.

Eastern will play two conference road games at Seminole State College on Jan. 16 and Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa on Jan. 20 before returning home to play Murray State College on Thursday, Jan. 23. The Lady Mountaineers will tip-off at 6 p.m., followed by the Mountaineers at 8 p.m.

Kaya Johnson Photo: EOSC sophomore Kaya Johnson is currently leading the conference in rebounds per game and total rebounds. The No. 21 Lady Mountaineers are 14-3.

Mike McCode Photo: EOSC sophomore Mike McCode has 47 three-pointers on the season, which ranks second in the conference. The Mountaineers are 13-4.

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