Cold Shooting, Turnovers Sink ORU at Oklahoma State

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations

Stillwater OK— The Oral Roberts women’s basketball team stumbled their way to 35 turnovers, while shooting an icy 29 percent from the field in a 48-77 loss to Oklahoma State Wednesday evening at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Jordan Pyle paced the Golden Eagle attack with eight points, 12 rebounds and three steals in the loss. 

ORU looked strong in the opening 10 minutes, draining four threes and taking a 16-14 advantage on a Jaci Bigham trey with 10:01 showing.

That would be the final highlight of the evening for ORU however, as the normally potent Golden Eagle offense came to a grinding halt. Over the final 10 minutes, ORU missed 10 three point attempts and committed 10 miscues to help spark a 24-3 Oklahoma State run that gave the hosts a 38-19 lead at intermission.

By the time the buzzer had sounded on the opening half, the Golden Eagles were shooting 24 percent from the field, with 20 of their 29 field goal attempts coming from beyond the arc. ORU failed to attempt a single free throw in the first 20 minutes.

The second stanza provided no relief for ORU, as the Cowgirls increased the margin to 30 (67-37) by the nine minute mark and ultimately sailed to the 77-48 decision.

When the smoke finally cleared, the Golden Eagles had only attempted two free throws, while 39 of their 61 field goal attempts had come from three point range.

Kevi Luper’s streak of 42 straight double-digit outings came to a close, as the sophomore scored five points on 2-12 shooting.

Bigham logged a team-best 12 points and three assists for ORU.

OSU’s Toni Young turned in the game’s only double-double with 25 points and 10 boards to go with five steals, two blocks and two assists. 

With the loss, ORU drops to 5-7 on the season, while Oklahoma State moves to 9-1 overall.

Updated 12-23-2010

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