The ORU women’s basketball team used a strong second half to overcome a slow start in a 69-36 victory over Rockhurst in its first exhibition game.
Rockhurst jumped out to a 9-0 lead just over two minutes into the game. After a four minute period where neither team scored, Vicky McIntyre completed a three point play to tie the game 10 minutes into the half.
“We were just nervous in the beginning because this was our first game,” ORU guard Dorka Balla said. “We just trusted the process and did what the coaches asked us to do. We told each other, ‘we practiced hard, now it’s time to go get the money.’”
ORU took over the game after the tie. The Golden Eagles used a 14-2 run to lead 32-22 at halftime and easily expanded the lead in the second half. The ORU defense allowed only 14 points in the second half.
Vicky McIntyre was dominant in her first game action in 18 months. McIntyre scored 14 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, both team highs.
“I felt like a freshman again at the very beginning,” McIntyre said. “I was so nervous. I got those first four minutes under my belt and I just feel so comfortable now. When I have that kind of a size difference, I just have to attack the paint.”
Rockhurst had no answer for the 6-7 transfer from the University of Florida.
“When we deliver the ball correctly to Vicky, there’s just not a lot at 6-7 [the defense can do],” Cussen said. “When she gets two hands on a rebound, it just stays so high for so long, everybody can filter out and do their thing. She had a great day today.”
Balla had 11 points along with 11 from Carolina Lopez. Faith Ihim had seven rebounds and three steals.
ORU’s next match is a home contest on Saturday against East Central at 2:00 p.m. The Golden Eagles will look to have everything running smoothly before the start of the regular season on Nov. 14.