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Golden Eagles Gear up for #4 Oakland in Semifinals

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          Release: 03/06/2011
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Game #31 (Summit League Semifinals)
#1 Oral Roberts (21-9) vs. #4 Oakland (19-11)
Monday, March 7, 2011
12:00 p.m.
Sioux Falls, SD

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Radio: KYAL 1550am
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Fresh off of a 108-79 win over #8 Western Illinois on Saturday, the ORU women now square off against #4 Oakland in the Summit League semifinals Monday afternoon at 12:00 p.m.

Scouting the Golden Grizzlies
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies enter the afternoon with a 19-11 overall record and a #4 seed in the conference championships. Oakland finished the conference slate with a 12-6 mark, including a narrow 63-61 win at UMKC in the regular season finale on 2/28. The Grizzlies dropped 3 of 5 to close league play, but looked strong in the opening round of the Summit Tourney, as they handled a tough #5 Southern Utah squad 65-58 on Sunday.

Series History
ORU holds a 20-16 lead over Oakland in a series that dates back to 1999. The Golden Eagles have won their last four meetings over the Grizzlies, the most recent coming thanks to an 80-72 double overtime road win on Jan 31. ORU also scored a 96-74 home win on 12/31/10 this season. The last loss came on 2/9/09, when ORU dropped a 75-79 OT decision in Oakland. In the postseason, ORU has a 4-2 record over the Grizzlies. The last time they met in the conference tournament, ORU notched a 71-61 win on March 10, 2008 in the semifinals. The Golden Eagles eventually won the Summit League championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. 
Looking Ahead
The Summit League championship game is slated for Tuesday, March 8, at 3:00 p.m. 
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