OKLAHOMA CITY — Byng High School graduate Alexis Hill and her Oklahoma City University teammates are in Billings, Montana, to compete in the 2017 NAIA Womens’ National Tournament.

The Stars will be seeking their ninth women’s basketball national championship.

Oklahoma City defeated MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 73-63 in a first-round matchup on Wednesday. The Stars, now 30-2, meet the winner of a matchup between No. 3 seed Columbia (Mo.) and No. 6 seed Montana Western in a second-round game Friday morning.

Hill had six points and three rebounds in Wednesday’s victory.The Stars snared the second seed in the Cramer bracket after tying for the fifth spot in the most recent rankings.

Hill, a junior, is averaging 5.9 points and 3.9 rebounds this season for the Stars.

“I’ve tried to tell them the whole season, we’ve got to get better every week, every month, every game,” said OCU coach Bo Overton, the SAC coach of the year and a former Ada High standout. “It’s not so much you’re playing against the other team right now, you’re playing the game. We’ve talked about that over and over ... and I think we’re doing that really well right now.”

ESPN3 will show the NAIA Division I women’s basketball tournament championship game live at 8:05 p.m. March 21.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.