For the first time since the 2015-16 season, the Golden Eagle women’s basketball team advanced to the semifinal round in the Summit League Tournament, and faced off against No.1 South Dakota Coyotes. (loosing 53-65)
This comes after a 76-71 victory over Denver the day previous. However, the Coyotes took the win over ORU on Monday, March 5, at 12 p.m. at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The teams have met 12 other times, and faced off in the league tournament twice. The Coyotes finish their regular season 14-0, and defeated the Golden Eagles both times the teams competed this year. Many of the players received high Summit League honors for their work throughout the season.
Junior forward Maria Martianez was third overall in the Summit League, specifically in rebound per game. Martianez also was chosen for the All-Summit League Second Team.
Faith Ihim, senior and scored her 1000th career point this season becoming the 20th player in ORU history to do so. Ihim is second in Summit League standings with 8.1 rebounds per game; and she is third overall in field goal percentages (56.9). This season she also accomplished being one of the 30 finalists for the Senior CLASS award, and was named for the All-Summit League First team.
Maya Mayberry, a freshman who followed the footsteps of her previously graduating Golden Eagle sister, holds a average of 11.4 points per game and is first in Summit League overall three-point percentages with an average of 46.5 percent. She was named to the Summit League All-Newcomer Team.