The Golden Eagles hung on to win Saturday afternoon despite IPFW giving them everything they could handle. IPFW guard Kamilah Carter had a chance to win it for the Mastodons. She shook off her defender with 4 seconds left and took a got a great look, but the shot rimmed out.
Ashley Beatty led the Golden Eagles on offense. Beatty played 37 minutes, scoring a team-high 15 points and adding three steals on defense.
“I didn’t play my best during non-conference. So once that was over I had to dial in and do everything coach tells me to do,” said Beatty. “I just feel more confident. I’m not gonna hold back.”
Head Coach Misti Cussen was not pleased with the team’s performance from the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles shot a woeful 44 percent from the line Saturday afternoon.
“I think the silver lining is that we got 27 free throw attempts and I’m happy with the attack on the basket,” said Cussen. “…but in the conference tournament when you shoot that poorly, you do not get to advance.”
The Golden Eagles did shoot well from the field Saturday, knocking down their shots at a 52 percent clip in the second half.
Senior forward Dorka Balla sat out Saturday’s game as she continues to battle Plantar Fasciitis. Balla did not practice this week while she received treatment for the injury. The team is down to seven healthy players right now.
The next home game for ORU will be January 23 when the Golden Eagles take on Denver at the Mabee Center. Tip-off set for noon.