The ORU woman’s basketball team were able to grind and get a late bucket to defeat North Dakota State 59-58 Thursday night.
The Golden Eagles led the game for over 59 minutes Thursday night, but after a NDSU scored basket with 25 seconds the Bison stole the ball away from ORU forward Blair Bryce and scored the fast break layup to take a 58-57 lead. The Golden Eagles didn’t panic.
ORU head coach Misti Cussen drew up a play during the timeout with 22 seconds left in the game. Ihim recieved the hand-off pass from guard Jordan Doyle and drove to the basket unguarded.
“The play was for Faith all along. She was almost too open,” said Cussen. “My only regret was that we had taken seven or eight more seconds off the clock before we ran the play.”
The Golden Eagles received a balanced scoring attack led by Doyle who had a team-high 12 points. Bryce added 11 points and nine rebounds. Guard Kaylan Mayberry also chipped in 11 points.
“Geting the ball to the bigs down low takes pressure off the guards, but in order for us to be open we have to move,” said Doyle. “Even though we weren’t open because they knew we were a good three point shooting team, but it left our bigs open which was Blair Bryce getting buckets.”
ORU guard Bria Pitts made her return from a knee injury Thursday. Pitts only played four minutes, but did knock down a three pointer before the half.
“I would have loved to play her more minutes down the stretch, but we were very selective in where we wanted to put her in,” said Cussen. “Hopefully, she’ll be 100 percent when we get to the conference tournament.”
The next game for the Golden Eagles will be Sunday, February 7 when they will take on Denver. Tip-off is set to begin at 2 P.M..