The Golden Eagles didn’t start the game well, but were able to keep the game within reach. They shot a miserable 25 percent in the first half and missed several open shots.
“The shots are going to fall, said head coach. Early in possessions we settled for one pass, shot. One pass, shot. We were being rewarded when we made four or five passes and took a high percentage shot.”
Rockhurst dominated the first half of the game with their three point shooting. The Hawks shot 17 threes in first half knocking down five of them. They finished the game going 12-31 from beyond the arc, shooting a very respectable 39 percent.
“His [Coach Parks] kids have such an aggressive mentality, said Cussen. We were in a zone in the first half and went to the man to man in the second half more for personal responsibility.”
ORU received solid performances from sophomores Faith Ihim and Kaylin Mayberry. Ihim was aggressive all game scoring 16 points and 6 rebounds. Mayberry heated up after a slow start and finished with 16 points.
The Golden Eagles didn’t shoot the ball well Saturday, only shooting 32 percent from the field, but they were able to get to the free throw line going 22-26 (86 percent).
Sophomore guard Jordan Gilbert missed Saturday’s game with a high ankle sprain. She suffered the sprain last week during practice last Thursday. Cussen says she is hopeful to have Gilbert back by next Saturday.
The next game for ORU will be Saturday, November 14 when the Golden Eagles take on Evangel in their season opener. Tip-off will be approximately at 2 P.M..