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ORU Hosts Northwestern State in SLC Home Opener

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 01/08/2013
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TULSA, Okla. - Oral Roberts University returns to the Mabee Center for their first home game in 36 days when they face Northwestern State University on Thursday, January 10. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 pm CT, with the ORU men’s game against the Demons set to follow.

Live radio coverage of the game is available on KYAL-AM 1550 in Tulsa and around the world at ORUGoldenEagles.com. Coverage begins at 4:45 pm CT. ELIve subscribers can also watch the game live on ORUGoldenEagles.com

ORU is 4-8 (1-1 SLC) after falling to Nicholls State, 69-66, on January 5 in Thibodaux, La. The Golden Eagles conceded four points in the game's final nine seconds to suffer their first conference loss of the season.

Senior Sarah Shelton set a career high for the second straight game, scoring 21 points on 10-for-13 shooting.

Freshman Taylor Cooper hit her first six field goal attempts of the game and scored 16 points on the night, while Jaci Bigham added nine points and 10 assists, hitting the 10-assist plateau for the second consecutive game.

Cooper’s 16-point outing was the most scored in a conference game by an ORU player since Bigham scored 20 as a rookie on March 1, 2010 against Southern Utah.

Shelton continues to lead the SLC with a 74.5% shooting percentage, and she is averaging 19.5 points per game in conference play.

Northwestern State enters Thursday’s game with a 5-8 (1-2 SLC) record after falling to Sam Houston, 72-61, on Monday night. Senior center Jasmine Upchurch scored 13 points against Sam Houston and is averaging a team-high 11.8 points per game.

The Lady Demons scored one of the biggest upsets of the opening week of SLC when they knocked off preseason favorite McNeese State, 64-62, on January 3.

Northwestern State is 1-6 away from home this season, with their lone victory coming in their season opener, 53-52, over New Orleans on November 9.

Oral Roberts is 0-2 all-time against Northwestern State, but the two squads have not faced each other since a 94-69 Demon victory on December 2, 1994 at the Domino’s Lady Rebel Classic in Oxford, Miss.

Northwestern State’s other victory over ORU came on December 5, 1992, a 94-61 triumph at the Lady Raider Classic in Lubbock, Texas.

The Golden Eagles continue their home stand when they host Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, January 12 at the Mabee Center. Tip time is again booked for 5 pm CT.
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