After a rough week on the road, the ORU women’s basketball team bounced back on Thursday night with a 64-55 win over Stephen F. Austin, who was tied for the Southland Conference lead coming into the game.
The win improves ORU’s record to 4-12 overall and 3-3 in the Southland Conference.
ORU’s defense didn’t allow SFA to score a basket in the last 3:05 of the game. Sarah Shelton had blocks on each of SFA’s last three offensive possessions.
Shelton said after the game that defense was something the team had been focusing on.
“Something we’ve been working on in practice is manning up and playing defense and going against each other and not letting the other team score. I thought it was really nice and cool to see it on the game court so we could show it off. “
Christian Key led the team in scoring with 24. It is the third straight game that she has scored more than 20.
ORU started the game slowly, giving up a 12-5 lead, but worked their way back into the game. The Golden Eagles shot over 53 percent in the first half and committed only four turnovers on their way to a 37-31 lead.
Freshman Kaylan Mayberry had a career night with seven assists and four steals, both of which are career highs.
Mayberry spent a lot of time running the offense from the point guard position. Head Coach Misti Cussen said after the game that despite only scoring three points, Mayberry played the role needed.
“I just felt good with the ball in her hands the whole time,” Cussen said. “She did what we needed her to do tonight. That’s just direct evidence of the maturity of her.”
The Golden Eagles will be back in action on Thursday, taking on Northwestern State. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
Northwestern State is coming off a loss to Central Arkansas on the road. The Demons are currently 3-3 in Southland play, tied with ORU.