The ORU women’s basketball team won it’s first Summit league game of the season Thursday night in an 81-65 victory over South Dakota.
“Tonight shows our girls that they can play in this league,” Head Coach Misti Cussen said. “I thought tonight part of what we did tonight was a direct result of figuring out who North Dakota State and Denver were. I thought we showed tonight that we’re kind of learning the style that the Summit League wants to play.”
Vicky McIntyre had her 11th double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Faith Ihim had her first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. It was Ihim’s fifth straight game in double figures.
“My teammates in practice push me harder and harder so I can play like I practice,” Ihim said. “Tonight I just tried to not think about it too much and do what I know to do and put it all on the floor. I think I’m feeling more comfortable at playing. I’ve think I’ve found my mojo.”
The Golden Eagles played aggressive defense, forcing 21 turnovers, the highest total this season, and getting seven steals.
ORU went to the free throw line 31 times and hit 24 of them.
“We have to do that,” Cussen said. “We have to do that in order to be competitive in the Summit League because we have to have something that can offset the hot shooting from a lot of these teams that have three or four shooters on the floor at any given time.”
The victory was the first Summit league win for the women’s basketball team since February 25, 2012.
ORU improved to 7-9 overall and 1-2 in Summit League play. The Golden Eagles’ next game is Sunday on the road against Fort Wayne.