ORU Hosts Tulane Monday in Round 2 of WNIT
Oral Roberts (22-10) vs. Tulane (23-10)
Monday, March 21, 2011
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The ORU women’s basketball team looks to continue their postseason run, as they host Tulane in round two of the WNIT this Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Mabee Center.
Scouting the Green Wave
One of the top teams in Conference USA, the Tulane Green Wave enters the second round of WNIT action with a 23-10 overall record and a 9-7 (4th) mark in league play. One short year ago, the Green Wave were NCAA qualifiers, winning CUSA and earning the #12 seed and a bout against #5 Georgia. In this year’s WNIT, Tulane had no problems in round one, disposing of Southern University 61-31 in New Orleans. Prior to the WNIT, the Green Wave made a strong run in conference tournament action, downing East Carolina and #1 Houston in the semifinals, before stumbling to UCF (73-85) in the title game.
A 5-9 senior guard, Danielle Nunn paves the way for Tulane, averaging 15.2 points and 5.8 boards per outing, while shooting a nifty 56% from the floor. In all, the Green Wave have a balanced offensive attack, as five players average double-digit scoring for a team that turns in 72.5 points per game.
Tulane and ORU are tied 1-1 in a series that took place from 1986-87. Each team has defended home court in the series, with Tulane earning a 74-71 win in New Orleans on 2/3/86. The Golden Eagles bounced back less than a year later, defending the Mabee Center with an 85-72 win on 1/5/87.
ORU in the WNIT
The Golden Eagles enter only their third Women’s NIT in program history. Following the TCU win, ORU is 3-2 in WNIT action, with their best showing coming in 1983, when the team went 2-1 (3rd place) with victories over Hawaii and Weber State and a loss to Memphis. The second appearance was just last season, when the Summit League regular season champs stumbled 53-75 in round one at Missouri State. In Jerry Finkbeiner’s 15 years at the helm of ORU basketball, the Golden Eagles have appeared in five NCAA and two WNIT tournaments.