Oklahoma City University secured its 11th Sooner Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament championship with an 86-65 victory over Wayland Baptist on Saturday at Abe Lemons Arena.

Daniela Wallen reeled in SAC Tournament most valuable player for Oklahoma City (29-2). The sixth-ranked Stars and 17th-ranked Wayland Baptist have both assured NAIA Division I Tournament berths.

OCU took its 17th SAC regular-season crown to advance to its 20th consecutive national tournament and 23rd NAIA Tournament appearance overall. The Flying Queens (25-6) qualified for its 24th NAIA Tournament via the SAC's tournament bid as SAC Tournament runner-up. The NAIA will announce its national-tournament bracket 7 p.m. CST Wednesday. Watch the selection show here.

"They were excited," OCU coach Bo Overton said. "They're just a team that goes about their business a little different than a lot of people do. There's a bigger picture to them. When you're at this school, and you come to practice every day, and you have all these red flags up, those are national championships. Trust me, we play in a great league with great coaches. There's a lot of great players. These players understand we're here for these red flags. They've worked towards this next week coming up. It's just a great weekend. It's always great to be playing your best right now, and we are."

Oklahoma City takes aim at its ninth national title in the NAIA Division I Tournament on March 15-21 in Billings, Mont. OCU owns national championships won in 1988, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

"All our sports are like that," Overton said of OCU's tradition. "I've grown up here my whole life, and I understand it. I've tried to tell them the whole season, we've got to get better every week, every month, every game. 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 about the big picture we're after and what we will have to do once we get to that national tournament. I think we're doing that really well right now."

Wallen, a senior from Caracas, Venezuela, supplied the Stars with 24 points, seven rebounds and two steals on 9-for-13 shooting from the floor. In the tournament, Wallen posted 29.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 4.67 steals per game with a 62.1 percent field-goal percentage.

OCU's Daniela Galindo rang up a season-best 31 points to go with six rebounds and three blocked shots while hitting 7 of 8 from 3-point range. Galindo, a junior from Shattuck, Okla., took the SAC Tournament hustle award while accumulating 20.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.67 blocks a contest with 61.8 percent shooting from the floor and 78.6 percent shooting on 3-pointers, nailing 11 of 14 3-point attempts during the tournament.

NaShyla Hammons of the Stars drew all-tournament acclaim alongside USAO's Dierra Ely, Jade Jones and Shawna Monreal of Wayland Baptist and Sarai Rodriguez from Mid-America Christian. Hammons, a freshman from Oklahoma City, contributed 12 points and four rebounds Saturday.

Monreal topped Wayland Baptist with 15 points. Wayland Baptist knocked off Oklahoma City for the 2016 SAC Tournament crown.

The Stars connected on a single-game program record 67.4 percent shooting from the field, hitting 31 of 46 shots Saturday. OCU shot OCU's previous best was 66.7 percent at St. Gregory's on Feb. 18 and vs. Texas College on Nov. 28, 2008 at Abe Lemons Arena.
"Wayland's a great defensive team," Overton said. "They put a lot pressure on you. They're physical. Mariana Duran did a great job handling the ball and getting the ball where it's supposed to be. I felt like Daniela Galindo read the defense really well and took advantage of how they were guarding on-ball screens. A couple of times she slipped behind them and made 3s and got into a good rhythm. On the bench we saw that, and then we started going more to Daniela Galindo more. It wasn't only 3s, it was getting to the basket and getting fouled. Really just a great performance today."

OCU pulled away with a first-quarter 7-0 run. Wallen recorded a 3-point play that gave the Stars an 18-11 advantage with 48 seconds left.

In the third period, the Stars' Mariana Duran nailed a 3 that Galindo followed with a pair of treys for a 49-36 OCU advantage with 4:35 to go in the third. The Stars led by as many as 26 points in the fourth on Wallen's bucket with 2:44 remaining.

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WOMEN
At campus sites
Tuesday's Results
Quarterfinals
At campus sites

Oklahoma City 70, Bacone 43
Mid-America Christian 75, Texas Wesleyan 68
USAO 67, John Brown 62
Wayland Baptist 68, Southwestern Christian 59
At Abe Lemons Arena
Oklahoma City University
Friday's Results
Semifinals

Wayland Baptist 79, USAO 62
Oklahoma City 96, Mid-America Christian 61
Saturday's Result
Championship

Oklahoma City 86, Wayland Baptist 65

All-Tournament Team
Dierra Ely, USAO; NaShyla Hammons, Oklahoma City; Jade Jones, Wayland Baptist; Shawna Monreal, Wayland Baptist; Sarai Rodriguez, Mid-America Christian.
Most valuable player: Daniela Wallen, Oklahoma City.
Hustle award winner: Daniela Galindo, Oklahoma City.

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PAST CHAMPIONS
WOMEN

2017–Oklahoma City
2016–Wayland Baptist
2015–Oklahoma City
2014–Oklahoma Baptist
2013–Lubbock Christian
2012–Oklahoma City
2011–Southern Nazarene
2010–Oklahoma City
2009–Oklahoma City
2008–Oklahoma City
2007–Southern Nazarene
2006–Oklahoma City
2005–Southern Nazarene
2004–Oklahoma City
2003–Oklahoma City
2002–Southern Nazarene
2001–Oklahoma City
2000–Oklahoma City
1999–Southern Nazarene
1998–Wayland Baptist
1997–Southern Nazarene
1996–Southern Nazarene
1995–Southern Nazarene
1994–Southern Nazarene