The Golden Eagle women’s basketball team lost its home contest last night to South Dakota State, 68-50.
With only eight active players, ORU struggled much of the night against the number one ranked, Jackrabbits.
“I was disappointed in the first half with our on-ball defense, but in the second half, we were just the softer team,” said Head Coach Misty Cussen. “We had a little more fight in us after the last media timeout, but by that time, it was too late.”
ORU shot 25.9 percent from the field for the game, while committing 15 turnovers, only seven of them caused by SDSU. Sophomore guard, Jordan Doyle was the lone Golden Eagle in double figures with 11 points on 3-12 shooting.
Despite the loss, the ladies fought hard on boards finishing the game with a 47-37 rebounding advantage, mostly in-part to Maria Martianez’s 14 rebounds.
“Knowing what these girls have in them, we have to play with more toughness,” said Cussen. “If you had told me early in the season that we’d be 6-2 in the conference, I would have been happy.”
The Golden Eagles return to the Mabee Center Saturday afternoon to host IUPUI. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.