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ORU Honors Seniors, Hosts Central Arkansas

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 02/18/2013
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TULSA, Okla. - Oral Roberts University will honor the most successful senior class in program history on Tuesday, February 19, when they host Central Arkansas. Seniors Jaci Bigham, Savanna Buck and Kevi Luper will make their final Mabee Center appearance at 5 pm CT.

Live video of Tuesday’s game is available for ELIve subscribers at ORUGoldenEagles.com, while KYAL-AM 1550 and ORUGoldenEagles.com will have live radio coverage of the game.

Bigham, Buck and Luper have teamed up to win 79 games in their four seasons as Golden Eagles, the most wins by an ORU senior class since the 1983 class finished with 80 total wins. The trio has combined for 4,848 points, 23 conference player of the week awards, five all-conference honors and three conference player of the year honors over their four years, and they have won a pair of regular season conference championships.

The trio has set 31 team and career records at ORU, with Luper setting ORU’s career scoring record and Bigham holding the school’s career assist record.

The trio is in prime position to earn another regular season conference title after guiding the Golden Eagles (13-11, 10-4 Southland Conference) to the top of the SLC standings last weekend. ORU is coming off of an 81-59 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday; the win, combined with Saturday losses by Sam Houston State and Lamar, vaulted the Golden Eagles into the SLC’s top spot.

Luper posted 26 points and five steals in the win, with Bigham chipping in 12 points and nine assists and Buck tallying 11 points and eight rebounds.

The performance helped Luper earn her fourth SLC Player of the Week honor on Monday afternoon. The senior from Adair averaged 19.5 points per game in two wins last week, including a 90-40 trampling of Sam Houston State on Thursday.

Central Arkansas snapped a five-game losing streak with a 71-51 victory over Sam Houston State on Saturday in Conway, Ark. With the victory over the Bearkats, the Sugar Bears are now 14-11 (7-7 Southland Conference).

Two-time Southland Conference Player of the Year Megan Herbert leads the Sugar Bears with 19.1 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Junior Courtney Duever scored a team-high 28 points in the victory over Sam Houston State and averages 14.0 points per game, second-best on the team.

UCA is the top rebounding club in the Southland Conference, posting a +7.3 rebounding margin through 25 games.

UCA Head Coach Sandra Rushing is in her first season leading UCA, with a 417-266 record in her 24th season overall. Rushing has previously led programs at UTEP and Delta State.

ORU's Misti Cussen is 13-11 in her first season as head coach.
Oral Roberts is 4-1 all-time against Central Arkansas, with a 2-0 record at the Mabee Center and a 2-1 record, in Conway, Ark.

ORU last played the Sugar Bears on November 24, 2008, a 75-42 victory at the Mabee Center. Amy Pryor and Janae Voelker each scored 16 points to lead the Golden Eagles, with Voelker adding 11 rebounds.

Central Arkansas scored their lone win over ORU on November 30, 1989, a 109-66 victory in Conway.

The Golden Eagles take the weekend off before returning to action on Thursday, February 28 at McNeese State. Tipoff in Lake Charles, La., is scheduled for 5:30 pm CT.
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