The Moore American

November 27, 2013

Ikard heads Sooners on all-academic team

American Staff
The Moore American

MOORE — Nineteen Oklahoma Football student-athletes, led by senior center Gabe Ikard and senior defensive back Seth Carter, were named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 team the conference announced Thursday. Oklahoma had 11 first-team selections and eight second-team selections.

Ikard and Carter were two of five Big 12 athletes who carry 4.0 grade point averages. Ikard, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies in May, is currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree at OU. The senior is a four-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection. Carter, also a senior, is majoring in energy management and is a first-time honoree.

Other first-team members include Blake Bell (communication), Grant Bothun (petroleum engineering), Kass Everett (multidisciplinary studies), Caleb Gastelum (sociology), Brannon Green (communication), Nick Hodgson (zoology), Trey Millard (psychology), Julian Wilson (communication) and Austin Woods (management).

Second-team members include Aaron Colvin (communication), Aaron Franklin (communication), Michael Hunnicutt (management), Cortez Johnson (multidisciplinary studies), P.L. Lindley (human relations), Durron Neal (communication), Londell Taylor (communication) and Eric Striker (political science).

First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible

Swisher with game-winner:

Chelsea Swisher scored just 1:38 into the overtime period to give the Mid-America Christian University Lady Evangels a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Christian University Cougars in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Central Regional quarterfinals Wednesday night (Nov. 20) on the campus of Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. 

Swisher’s game-winning score followed Ciara Mitchell’s tying goal in the 66th minute that made it 3-3. 

Kaci Power scored the game’s first goal that got the Lady Evangels on the board in the 17th minute of the first half, before Mariah Fredericks recorded the first of her two goals at the 23:38 mark that pulled CCU even at 1-1. 

After Swisher put the Lady Evangels back on top at the 30:21 mark, Fredericks again tied the score with 1:47 remaining in the opening period. 

Cora Aversano then gave the Cougars their first lead of the match with a goal just 1:59 into the second half. 

Swisher tallied a match-high five shots as the Lady Evangels out-shot CCU 14-12 overall, with the shots-on-goal even at 10-10. 

Kaitlyn Whitten made seven saves for MACU in her 91:38 in the net, with Haley Lowe and Kiersten Turner combining for six saves for the Cougars. 

Evangels fall in Dallas:

After a nip and tuck first half, the NCAA II Dallas Baptist University Patriots broke out in a big way and went on to a 90-75 win over the Mid-America Christian University Evangels in an exhibition battle Saturday night (Nov. 23) in Dallas, Texas. 

With the game tied 46-46 at the half, the Patriots scored the first six points out of the locker room and extended the run to 20-3 as consecutive threes by Cory Carden and Jason Gentry made it 66-49.

The Evangels briefly made a charge with a 9-3 spurt that cut the deficit to 13, but the Patriots answered back with an 11-4 run to take a commanding 85-65 lead with 5:05 left. 

MACU twice led by as four in the early going of the first half that featured nine lead changes and 10 ties, with the last coming on a layup by Josh Minner that created the 46-46 gridlock at the break.  

It was a tale of two halves shooting for the Evangels, as they shot a blistering 65.5 percent (19-of-29) in the opening half but fell off to a frigid 21.2 percent clip (7-of-33) in the second. 

Angelo Lewis led the Evangels (3-1) with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Minner also reached double-figures with 13. Semar Farris had a team-high four assists.