The Golden Eagles received a balanced scoring attack from their starting lineup Saturday in a 84-56 win over Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne. Four of the five starters had double digit points.
Vicky McIntyre led the way with 22 points and 17 rebounds. Jordan Doyle and Atoe’ Jackson added 17 and 16 points respectively. Doyle hit four shots from behind the arc.
Faith Ihim had a strong game as well with 8 points and 8 rebounds.
“I like to see the balanced scoring, we shot the ball well, and I like that we’re getting to the free throw line,” said Head Coach Misti Cussen. “I like the shots that we got today and that a lot of different players go.”
ORU out-rebounded Fort Wayne 57-37. It was the fourth time this season the Golden Eagles have grabbed 50 rebounds or more.
The Golden Eagles outscored the Mastodons in the paint 46-14.
The Golden Eagles clinched the No. 3 seed in the Summit League Tournament with their win Saturday afternoon. They got some help from Western Illinois and IUPUI, who both needed to lose to help ORU take the No. 3 seed.
“I think it’s a good representation of what are team earned this year,” said Cussen. “I like having that 3rd place by our name because I know the team, freshmen and new players next year are going to want to better than that.”
The Golden Eagles hit their stride at the right time going 5-2 in the month of February. They will now focus their attention on the Summit League tournament next weekend.
“I think one of my favorite things about the team this year is that we know who we are, and we have an identity,” said Cussen. “There won’t be anything new this week, it’s going to be meat and potatoes. We’re going to improve on what got us here.”
The game was also senior night for five Golden Eagles. Jackson, Carolina Lopez, Tysia Manuel, Bernadett Balla and McIntyre were all honored.
The next game for ORU will be next Sunday at 2:30 p.m. when the Golden Eagles play No. 6 seed North Dakota St. in the Summit League tournament at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.