Oral Roberts Hosts UALR to End November
Live radio coverage of Saturday’s game begins at 2:45 pm CT on The Sports Animal, AM 1550 and ORUGoldenEagles.com, while live video is available to ELIve subscribers on ORUGoldenEagles.com.
Oral Roberts (1-4) is coming off of a 72-58 loss to Tulsa on Tuesday night in the PSO Mayor’s Cup game. ORU led throughout the first half but could not establish a consistent offensive rhythm, shooting just 37.9% from the field.
Jenni Bryan set career highs with 15 points and eight rebounds on Tuesday night, while Alexus Wilson added 12 points in her first career start. Senior Sarah Shelton had a nice all-around effort in her final Mayor’s Cup game, with eight points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and a career-best four steals.
The loss was ORU’s fourth in a row, with each of the setbacks coming against a team that qualified for the postseason in 2012-13. The Golden Eagles have not won since an 89-67 victory over USAO on November 8 in the season-opener.
UALR is 2-2 after escaping with a 68-63 overtime victory over Memphis on November 22. Taylor Gault scored 19 points off the bench to lead the Trojans, and for the season she averages a team-high 16.8 points per game.
Gault is one of three Trojans scoring in double-figures. Shanity James is averaging 13.3 points per game, while Kiera Clark shoots 50.0% from the field and is averaging 12.3 points per game.
ORU is 2-1 all-time against UALR but struggled in the last meeting between the teams, a 79-47 loss in Little Rock on November 21, 2012. Gault led the Trojans with 31 points in the game, while no healthy member of the current Golden Eagle roster scored a point.
ORU will spend the entire month of December on the road, as they play four power conference opponents. The first matchup of the month is on December 4, when the Golden Eagles face Missouri. Tip time in Columbia, Mo., is scheduled for 7 pm CT.