Luper?s 29 Keeps ORU Perfect in Summit League
ORU’s Jordan Pyle fell one rebound short of her 15th career double-double, logging 14 points and nine rebounds, to go with a career-best three blocked shots.
The opening 20 minutes featured a see-saw battle that included nine lead changes and five ties, before ORU managed to erupt on a 13-2 scoring spree to close the half with a 48-34 lead.
It was all ORU all the time in the second stanza, as the hosts ran the margin up to 24, capped by a Jaci Bigham long ball at the 10:40 mark.
Oakland managed to cut the deficit to 15 points with 6:21 to go, but had no answer for the Kevi Luper show, as the sophomore guard took over the game with 13 points on a perfect 6-6 shooting display to keep the Golden Grizzlies at bay and lift ORU to its second-straight win.
Bigham finished with 13 points, seven assists and six steals for the Golden Eagles, while Savanna Buck tacked on 11 points on 3-6 shooting.
Bethany Watterworth paced Oakland with 19 points, four boards and a game-best eight assists in the setback.
As a team, ORU collected 21 steals and out-rebounded Oakland 42-36.
With the victory ORU moves to an even 7-7 overall and perfect 4-0 in conference play. Oakland drops to 9-6 and 3-1 in the Summit League.