Inola’s Byfield Produces On and Off the Court for RSU – Presented by Rogers State University


CLAREMORE, Okla. – Senior forward Lindsey Byfield is in the middle of a strong final season on and off the court for the Rogers State Women’s Basketball team. On the court, the Inola, Oklahoma native is second on the Hillcats team in points and rebounds per game, averaging 10.7 points and 4.2 rebounds. Off the court, Byfield has recently received accolades for her work in the classroom, while also contributing back to Northeast Oklahoma communities with volunteer work and service projects.

 On December 18, Byfield had the game of her career as she helped the Hillcats defeat Ouachita Baptist. Byfield set program and personal career marks in the game, as she scored 31 points (Fourth most in program history) and had eight rebounds in a 10-point victory for Rogers State. Her points total, field goals made (13), three pointers made (5) and rebounds all set career highs for the Inola High School product. The 13 field goals made also set a program single game record.


 “Lindsey has come into her own this season on the court,” said Rogers State Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kyle Bent. “Her skill set allows her to score in a variety of ways, and her confidence and aggression has allowed her to take advantage of those skills.”

Byfield is also moving up the charts in career numbers during her time on the hill. As of January 23, she ranked third in three-point shooting percentage (.384), fifth in three pointers (96), fifth in free-throw percentage (.785) and sixth for games played (94).

 “Off the floor, Lindsey is a great student and continues to be involved with the youth in the community,” said Bent. “She gives her time not only to RSU but also to those surrounding our institution. She embodies what is great about collegiate athletics.”

 The Business major recently was named to the President’s List for the Heartland Conference Fall 2018 Honor Roll. She was also named to the Dean’s List for Rogers State.


 Her reach into the community has also been felt, as she has volunteered for several organizations in Northeast Oklahoma. Byfield has worked closely with the Catoosa Special Olympics throughout her time on College Hill. She has volunteered at the Claremore Community Center putting on Basketball Clinics and helped with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Senior Prom at an assisted living center in Claremore. 

“Community service has been a big part of being a Hillcat for me,” said Byfield. “It has enabled me to gain a better understanding from multiple perspectives within our community. To not only be a part of Rogers State, but also develop genuine relationships outside of the University. I’m beyond grateful for our coaches and athletic department for encouraging and allowing me the opportunity to take part in something bigger.”

Byfield has also volunteered for the Oklahoma Aquarium in Tulsa and she has also spent the last four years volunteering in first grade classrooms at Catalayah Elementary School.

 Byfield, the Will Rogers Conference Most Valuable Player as a senior, came to Rogers State after leading head coach Donnie Martin’s Inola Longhorns team to the Oklahoma Class 4A District 4 Championship.