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Women dealt early exit

The women’s basketball team ended its season with a first-round exit in the Southland Tournament with a 77-66 loss to Nicholls State on March 13.

The team’s two seniors led the way for ORU in their final career games. Christian Key paced the team with 16 points and five assists.

Sarah Shelton had a team-high 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

The Golden Eagles could not withstand the hot shooting by Nicholls State. The Colonels hit 14 3-pointers, tying a Southland Conference Tournament record.
After the game, Head Coach Misti Cussen said the team couldn’t follow through. The team missed 11 out of its last 18 shots.

“Congratulations to Nicholls. They finished well today and that was our Achilles’ heel,” Cussen said. “It’s kind of been our Achilles’ heel this year. We haven’t finished. Not only possessions, but games.”

The two seniors finished their careers with stats that put them in the top ranks for career records at ORU.

Key ranks seventh on the all-time 3-pointers made with 149. Shelton owns the career field goal percentage record at 63.1 percent, and ranks fifth in all-time blocks with 99.

Christian Key scored 16 points in the final game of the season. She finished her career with the seventh-most three-pointers in school history at 149. She also led the team this season in points and assists.

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