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ORU Tips-Off Conference Tourney Against Western Illinois

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          Release: 03/03/2011
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Game #30 (Summit League Championships Round 1)
#1 Oral Roberts (20-9) vs. #8 Western Illinois (8-20)
Saturday, March 5, 2011
12:00 p.m.
Sioux Falls, SD

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The Oral Roberts women’s basketball team opens up postseason play this Saturday as they take on Western Illinois in round one of the Summit League Championships at 12:00 p.m. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Scouting the Leathernecks
The Western Illinois Leathernecks enter the postseason with an 8-20 overall record, a 6-12 conference mark and the #8 seed in the Summit Championships. The Leathernecks recently broke a seven game losing skid on Monday, as they pulled out a 68-58 road win over Centenary.
Sadie Webb, a 5-11 junior guard leads the way for the Leathernecks, scoring 12 points and pulling down a team best 4.9 rebounds per outing. Webb is shooting 41% from the floor, including a 29% clip from beyond the arc and was recently named Summit League Newcomer of the Year. Ranking second on the team in scoring is Valencia Kelly, who tallies a 9.9 ppg average and has dished out 49 assists on the year.
As a team, WIU scores 56.5 points per game and gives up 64.4. The Leathernecks shoot 36% from the field, 26% from distance and 67% from the charity stripe.

Series History
ORU is tied 16-16 with Western Illinois in a series that dates back to 1995. ORU won the first five contests from 1995-1999, but it has been a see-saw battle from that point on. Most recently, ORU has built a four game winning streak dating back to 1/16/10 when they scored an 82-57 win in Macomb. The Golden Eagles won the first meeting this year 68-66 on the road when Jaci Bigham sank a floater in the lane with time winding down. Heading back home, ORU scored a 101-75 victory this past week in the second to last regular season game on 2/26/11. Three players logged double-doubles in the win, and Kevi Luper led all scorers with 22 points. 
 
Looking Ahead
The Summit League semifinals are slated for 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 7. 
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