Golden Eagles Extend Win Streak; Bounce Kangaroos 90-79

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations

Tulsa— The Oral Roberts women’s basketball team extended their win streak to six-straight, outlasting a feisty UMKC Kangaroo squad 90-79 Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Center.

Georgia Jones fell just three points shy of her career high, leading ORU with 20 points on 7-11 shooting, while dishing out four assists and grabbing three steals in the win.

The Golden Eagles survived a hotly contested first half which featured the guest ‘Roos draining a three in response to every run ORU could muster. By the time the buzzer sounded on the opening 20 minutes, UMKC had connected on a blistering 6-9 clip from beyond the arc and entered the locker room only trailing by five (40-45).

Coming out of the break, ORU finally managed to get things going, pulling ahead by double-digits (56-45) on a Savanna Buck fast break layup and foul. 

Over the course of the next ten minutes, the host Golden Eagles out-dueled UMKC 26-11 and eventually built a 26 point cushion with five minutes to go. 

The ‘Roos had one last scoring spree left in them, putting together a 14-0 run with time winding down, but it was too little, too late as ORU held on for the 11 point win.

Five Golden Eagles finished with double-digit scoring in the win, as Kevi Luper added 17, points,Jordan Pyle tacked on 13, Jaci Bigham chipped in 12 and Christian Key rounded out the group with 10.

Buck added a game-best eight rebounds for ORU.

ORU earned the victory despite coming up on the wrong end of a 39-33 rebounding disparity and committing 27 turnovers on the afternoon. 

As a team, the Golden Eagles fired a 52 percent clip from the field and snagged 16 steals. 

With the win, ORU moves to 11-7 overall and a team-record 7-0 in Summit Play. UMKC falls to 6-11 on the year and 1-5 in conference.

Updated 01-16-2011

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