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Women’s basketball season preview

NEW PLAYERS:

Bria Pitts | Forward | Soph. (Transfer-Arkansas)
Ashley Beatty, Guard | Freshman (Anadarko HS-OK)
Lakota Beatty | Guard | Junior (Transfer- Oklahoma State)
Blair Bryce |Forward | RS Senior (Transfer-Belmont)
Maria Martianez | Forward | Freshman (Barcelona, Spain)

RETURNING PLAYERS:

Kaylan Mayberry | Guard | Soph.*
Jordan Doyle | Guard | Soph.
Esther Udoumoh | Forward | Soph.
Jayden Oliver | Guard | Soph.
Dorottya Balla |Forward | Junior
Faith Ihim | Forward | Soph.
Jordan Gilbert | Guard |Soph.
Jasauen Beard | Forward | RS Fresh.**
*Last played in 2013-2014 season
** Missed 2014-2015 season due to injury (Torn ACL)

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Kaylan Mayberry | Guard
Kaylan “Kay Kay” Mayberry played in 28 games her freshman year, starting 18 of those contests. She averaged 10.5 points per game during the 2013-2014 season. Mayberry sat out the 2014- 2015 season. This year, she returns to Coach Cussen’s squad and will be an X-factor. It will be interesting to see if Mayberry can knock the rust off and contribute right away.

Maria Martianez | Forward
Maria Martianez brings a very distinguished resume to the ORU roster. Martianez, from Barcelona, Spain, played in the FIBA U17, U18 and U19 World Championships. Martianez brings a unique skill set to the Golden Eagles with the ability to handle the ball and knock down shots. The biggest challenge for Martianez will be adjusting to the more physical American style of play.

THOUGHTS FROM COACH CUSSEN:

“We may be a younger team this season than last season, but we have a very seasoned sophomore class. There’s a lot of game-time experience with this group.”
“My excitement for this group is that we have this core nucleus of players together for the next three seasons. Every investment we make with our girls is going to pay dividends the next three seasons.” “We’ve got a fast team. We are better in the full court than we are in the half court, because that plays to our strength a little bit more.”

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP:
Jordan Doyle, Guard
Kaylan Mayberry, Guard
Dorottya Balla, Forward
Faith Ihim, Forward
Maria Martianez, Forward

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