Arkansas Ends ORUís WNIT Run 78-59
Tulsa, OK-An impressive postseason run finally came to an end for Oral Roberts women's basketball, as the Golden Eagles dropped a 59-78 decision to a tough Arkansas Razorback team in the third round of WNIT action Wednesday evening in the Mabee Center.
Jordan Pyle paced ORU with 15 points on 6-9 shooting, while gobbling up five rebounds and snagging a pair of steals.
The Razorbacks jumped in front from the get-go, carving out a 10 point advantage (9-19) by the 12 minute mark, and increasing the lead to 18 (19-37) on a Chrisstasia Walter three point connection with five minutes to go in the opening half.
A hard-nosed Golden Eagle squad responded in typical fashion, pulling out an 11-5 run over the next three minutes and eventually whittling the margin to just 12 (30-42) by intermission.
Arkansas had all of the right answers in the second half however, as the guest Razorbacks moved the cushion to 21 on a Jamesha Townsend layup by the nine minute mark.
ORU made one final push with time winding down, rattling off a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to just 13 with under six minutes to go.
That would be as close as the hosts could get, as C'eira Ricketts responded with eight straight points for a Razorback team that held on for the 78-59 victory.
Georgia Jones kept the hot-hand from Monday night, finishing with 14 points on a stellar 4-5 effort from deep. Over the past two games Jones was a blazing 10-13 from the land of plenty.
Dominique Allen continued to be a difference maker in the paint with 11 points, seven boards and three steals.
Walter led the Razorbacks with a game-high 26 points on 9-18 shooting.
ORU ends the season with a 23-11 record, while Arkansas moves to 22-11 on the year.