2012-13 ORU Women's Basketball Media Guide
The 2012-13 Oral Roberts University Women's Basketball Media Guide is now available. The guide features profiles and pictures of your favorite ORU coaches and players, as well as historical data, a review of the 2011-12 season and more.
2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY Five NCAA Tournament Appearances 1 ORU EXPERIENCE Anytime. Anywhere. COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY With Mobile Banking, our most convenient branch goes where you go! Classic Mobile Banking SMS Text Message Banking Smart Phone Mobile Banking iPhone App Android App Bill Pay www.citizenssecurity.com Bixby / Glenpool / Broken Arrow / Okmulgee / Muskogee / South Tulsa / Haskell / Jenks / Wetumka / Weleetka ORUGoldenEagles.com 918-366-4000 2 Member FDIC 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL WELCOME FROM HEAD COACH MISTI CUSSEN ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY Greetings from ORU Women’s Basketball! I would like to thank you for your interest and support for our program. It is a great time to be a Golden Eagle here at Oral Roberts University…our university, campus, and student body have experienced a resurgence of growth and vitality over the past couple of years, and we are seeing our own basketball program grow and expand like never before as well! The journey for this year’s team will be lead by one of the strongest senior classes we have ever enjoyed here at ORU, made up of Jaci Bigham, Savanna Buck, and Kevi Luper. These three outstanding women have taken our program to new heights with three consecutive postseason appearances, two regular season conference championships and numerous individual honors. We are looking forward to sending them out with another year of marked success. As we move into a brand new conference this season, we will experience a lot of “firsts” - traveling to new cities, facing new opponents, and developing new rivalries. The women’s basketball programs of the Southland Conference are building a reputation of success, with five of our ten members experiencing postseason play last season. We are proud to join their ranks and help propel women’s basketball forward in our conference, both regionally and nationally. On behalf of our coaches and players, thank you for your support of ORU Women’s Basketball! We are proud to share our team with you. We are committed to the continued success of this program, and we know who we are – TRUE BLUE! In Christ, WELCOME LETTER FROM COACH CUSSEN Misti Cussen Head Women’s Basketball Coach Oral Roberts University Five NCAA Tournament Appearances 1 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY ORUGoldenEagles.com ORUGoldenEagles.com is the place to go for daily updates on the 2012-13 Oral Roberts University women’s basketball season. The official online home of the Golden Eagles features live video of each ORU home game, live stats, current schedules, previews and postgame coverage of every ORU game and in-depth stories on your favorite ORU coaches and student-athletes. 7 THE ORU EXPERIENCE COACHING STAFF 2012-13 SQUAD ORU features world-class athletics and academics in a Christian environment, and its unique campus is located in beautiful Tulsa. From amazing architecture to the best classroom support, see what ORU has to offer for you. Misti Cussen is in her first season as the new face of the ORU women’s basketball program. Cussen and her staff, including assistants Bojan Jankovic, Krista Binam, Royce Samuels and Kyron Stokes, are ready for a banner season. ORU’s talented and experienced roster features returning award winners Kevi Luper, Jaci Bigham, Savanna Buck and Bernadett Balla, along with four other returners and four newcomers. Get to know this season’s Golden Eagle squad. 17 29 30 KEVI LUPER ORU’s two-time All-American and three-time Summit League Player of the Year, Adair native Kevi Luper is already the school’s career scoring leader. This season, she takes aim at her first NCAA Tournament appearance. 55 OPPONENTS The 2012-13 schedule is one of the most exciting in ORU basketball history. Highlights include a trip to defending national champion Baylor, home games against Tulsa and Arkansas, and the school’s first Southland Conference campaign. 2 ORUGoldenEagles.com 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 1 Welcome from Coach Cussen 1 ORUGoldenEagles.com 2 Table of Contents 3 2012-13 Schedule 4 2012-13 Quick Facts 5 Media Information 6 THE ORU EXPERIENCE Welcome to Oral Roberts University A Campus Unlike Any Other Athletics Tradition The Magnificent Mabee Center Success on a Global Stage J.L. Johnson Stadium Preparation for the Future City of Tulsa Representing Team USA 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 2012-13 OPPONENTS 55 Harding/OBU/Tulsa 56 UT Arlington/Arkansas/UALR 57 Missouri State/Evangel/Baylor 58 Louisiana Tech/Nebraska/DePaul 59 SELA/Nicholls State/Northwestern State 60 Stephen F. Austin/A&MCC/Sam Houston St. 61 Lamar/McNeese State/Central Arkansas 62 2011-12 IN REVIEW Season Review 2011-12 Box Score 2011-12 Results 2011-12 Statistical Highs 2011-12 Summit League Recap 2011-12 Summit League Statistics 2011-12 Game-by-Game Recaps 63 64 66 67 68 69 70 72 COACHES 17 Head Coach Misti Cussen 18 Assistant Coach Bojan Jankovic 22 Assistant Coach Royce Samuels 23 Assistant Coach Krista Binam 24 Director of Sports Medicine John Joslin 25 Director of Operations Kyron Stokes 25 ORU President Dr. Mark Rutland 26 Athletic Director Mike Carter 26 Athletic Trainer Daniel Steward 27 Media Relations Contact Rob Walden 27 Support Staff 28 2012-13 SQUAD 29 #15 Kevi Luper 30 #1 Emma Gade 34 #12 Christian Key 36 #13 Savanna Buck 40 #21 Elisabeth Daniels 44 #22 Jaci Bigham 46 #11 Bernadett Balla 50 Newcomers 52 HISTORY 89 Individual Honors 90 Individual Single-Game Records 91 Team Single-Game Records 93 Year-by-Year Statistics 94 Single-Season Records 95 Career Records 98 Yearly Leaders 100 Mabee Center Records 102 The Last Time... 103 Miscellaneous Records 104 1,000-Point Club 107 All-time Letterwinners 110 Year-by-Year Results 111 Results by Opponent 122 NCAA Tournament History 131 WNIT History 133 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE 2012-13 Preseason Information About the SLC 134 134 135 The 2012-13 Oral Roberts University Women’s Basketball Media Guide was written, designed and edited by the ORU Media Relations Office using Adobe InDesign CS5.5 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 software. COVER DESIGN, LAYOUT, WRITING Rob Walden GUIDE DESIGN Dominique Allen EDITORIAL ASSISTANCE Blake Freeland Eric Scott Eli Linton Simone Hadley Wilson Anastacia Kreider Brian Nhira Jordan Jones Sarah Johnson Jaci Bigham Brookes Dowler Daniel Dauwe MARKETING Scott Higgins Richard McCutchen Mike Minyard PHOTOGRAPHY Mark Moore Shane Bevel Bill Powell SPECIAL THANKS Misti Cussen Bojan Jankovic Kyron Stokes CREDITS 63 2011-12 REVIEW YEAR-BY-YEAR The 2011-12 season was a great In ORU’s first 37 seasons of women’s RESULTS success, as the Golden Eagles hit the 20-win plateau for the third straight season and grabbed a WNIT bid. Individually, Kevi Luper and Bernadett Balla were honored for outstanding efforts. basketball, the Lady Titans and Golden Eagles have produced 19 1,000-point scorers, 11 20-win campaigns, seven All-Americans and five conference tournament championships. 89 HISTORY 111 131 Relive ORU’s women’s basketball seasons from the start of the program in 1975 through the present day, including the undefeated regular season of 1982-83. POSTSEASON HISTORY 134 The Golden Eagles have appeared in five NCAA Tournaments and four Women’s National Invitation Tournaments, posting a 3rd place finish in the 1983 WNIT and a pair of WNIT victories in 2011. SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE The new home of Oral Roberts University athletics is one of the most competitive conferences in the nation, featuring ten teams in four states and some of the highest quality basketball in the country. Five NCAA Tournament Appearances 3 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY 2012-13 SCHEDULE OCTOBER Mon. Oct. 29 NOVEMBER Sat. Nov. 3 Fri. Nov. 9 Sat. Nov. 17 Mon. Nov. 19 Wed. Nov. 21 Thu. Nov. 29 DECEMBER Wed. Dec. 5 Wed. Dec. 12 Fri. Dec. 14 Thu. Dec. 20 Fri. Dec. 28 JANUARY Thu. Jan. 3 Sat. Jan. 5 Thu. Jan. 10 Sat. Jan. 12 Thu. Jan. 17 Sat. Jan. 19 Thu. Jan. 24 Sat. Jan. 26 Thu. Jan. 31 FEBRUARY Sat. Feb. 2 Thu. Feb. 7 Sat. Feb. 9 Thu. Feb. 14 Sat. Feb. 16 Tue. Feb. 19 Thu. Feb. 28 MARCH Sat. Mar. 2 Sat. Mar. 9 Wed.-Sat. Mar. 13-16 Harding (Exhibition) Oklahoma Baptist (Exhibition) Tulsa at UT-Arlington Arkansas at UALR at Missouri State Evangel ( Best Field Trip Ever) at Baylor at Louisiana Tech at Nebraska at DePaul at Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls State Northwestern State Stephen F. Austin Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sam Houston State Lamar McNeese State Nicholls State Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State at Stephen F. Austin Sam Houston State Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Central Arkansas at McNeese State at Lamar at Central Arkansas Southland Conference Tournament Mabee Center Mabee Center Mabee Center Arlington, Texas Mabee Center Little Rock, Ark. Springfield, Mo. Mabee Center Waco, Texas Ruston, La. Lincoln, Neb. Chicago, Ill. Hammond, La. Thibodaux, La. Mabee Center Mabee Center Corpus Christi, Texas Huntsville, Texas Mabee Center Mabee Center Mabee Center Mabee Center Natchitoches, La. Nacogdoches, Texas Mabee Center Mabee Center Mabee Center Lake Charles, La. Beaumont, Texas Conway, Ark. Katy, Texas 7 pm 7 pm 7 pm 2 pm 7 pm 5:15 pm 7 pm Noon 6:30 pm 7 pm 7:05 pm 7 pm 5:15 pm 2 pm 5 pm 5 pm 5 pm 1:30 pm 5 pm 5 pm 5 pm 5 pm 5:30 pm 4 pm 5 pm 5 pm 5 pm 5:30 pm 4 pm 2 pm TBA 4 ORUGoldenEagles.com 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY 2012-13 QUICK FACTS GENERAL INFORMATION Location Tulsa, Okla. Founded 1963 Enrollment 3,259 Nickname Golden Eagles Colors Navy Blue, Vegas Gold, White Affiliation NCAA Division I Conference Southland President Dr. Mark Rutland Athletic Director Mike Carter Associate AD/SWA Rhonda Fowler Athletic Department Phone (918) 495-7151 Athletic Department Fax (918) 495-7123 Home Arena Mabee Center Capacity 10,525 NUMERICAL ROSTER No. 1 3 4 12 13 15 21 22 23 24 25 42 Name Pos. Emma Gade F Taylor Cooper F Krisztina Velkey G Christian Key G Savanna Buck F Kevi Luper G Elisabeth Daniels G Jaci Bigham G Bernadett Balla F Jenni Bryan G Felecia Achilefu F Sarah Shelton C Ht. 6-0 6-0 5-9 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-6 5-6 6-2 5-9 5-11 6-3 Cl. R-Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Sr. Sr. So. Sr. So. Jr. Fr. R-Jr. Hometown Stillwater, Okla. Shawnee, Okla. Nagykoros, Hungary Tulsa, Okla. Tomball, Texas Adair, Okla. Tuttle, Okla. McAlester, Okla. Pecs, Hungary Coweta, Okla. Tulsa, Okla. Ft. Worth, Texas Previous School Stillwater HS Shawnee HS Baar-Madas Reformatus Gimnaziu Victory Christian School Tomball HS Adair HS Home-schooled McAlester HS Baar-Madas Reformatus Gimnaziu Oklahoma State East Central HS SMU MEDIA RELATIONS ALPHABETICAL ROSTER No. 25 23 22 24 13 3 21 1 12 15 42 4 Name Pos. Felecia Achilefu F Bernadett Balla F Jaci Bigham G Jenni Bryan G Savanna Buck F Taylor Cooper F Elisabeth Daniels G Emma Gade F Christian Key G Kevi Luper G Sarah Shelton C Krisztina Velkey G Ht. 5-11 6-2 5-6 5-9 5-10 6-0 5-6 6-0 5-10 5-10 6-3 5-9 Cl. Fr. So. Sr. Jr. Sr. Fr. So. R-Fr. Jr. Sr. R-Jr. Fr. Asst. AD/Director of Media Relations Blake Freeland Asst. Director/WBB Contact Rob Walden Office Phone (918) 495-7094 Cell Phone (864) 200-0690 Email Address email@example.com Media Relations Assistant Eric Scott Media Relations Phone (918) 495-7094 Media Relations Fax (918) 495-7142 Website www.ORUGoldenEagles.com Mailing Address 7777 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74171 Press Row Phone (918) 495-7800 COACHING STAFF Hometown Tulsa, Okla. Pecs, Hungary McAlester, Okla. Coweta, Okla. Tomball, Texas Shawnee, Okla. Tuttle, Okla. Stillwater, Okla. Tulsa, Okla. Adair, Okla. Ft. Worth, Texas Nagykoros, Hungary Previous School East Central HS Baar-Madas Reformatus Gimnaziu McAlester HS Oklahoma State Tomball HS Shawnee HS Home-schooled Stillwater HS Victory Christian School Adair HS SMU Baar-Madas Reformatus Gimnaziu Head Coach Misti Cussen (Southern Nazarene ‘93) Career Record (Years) First Season Record At ORU (Years) First Season Assistant Coach Bojan Jankovic (University of the Ozarks ‘06) Assistant Coach Royce Samuels (Mount Senario ‘92) Assistant Coach Krista Binam (Oral Roberts ‘02) Director of Operations Kyron Stokes (Oral Roberts ‘12) Women’s Basketball Office Phone (918) 495-6215 ROSTER BREAKDOWN TEAM INFORMATION 2011-12 Overall Record 20-11 2011-12 Summit League Record 14-4 (2nd) 2011-12 Postseason Women’s NIT (1st Round) Results L at Wichita State, 57-79 Starters Returning/Lost 2/3 Letterwinners Returning/Lost 8/7 Newcomers 5 PRONUNCIATION GUIDE Misti CUSSEN BOJAN JANKOVIC Felecia ACHILEFU Bernadett BALLA Emma GADE KRISZTINA Velkey CUZ-en BOY-an YAHN-ko-vich ATCH-uh-LEE-foo BAHL-uh GAY-dee KRISS-tee-nuh STARTERS RETURNING (2) Name Pos. Cl. GP-GS PPG FG% RPG APG SPG Jaci Bigham G Sr. 30-27 6.8 .337 3.5 4.3 2.0 Kevi Luper G Sr. 30-30 23.8 .462 3.8 2.0 3.8 OTHER LETTERWINNERS RETURNING (5) Name Pos. Cl. GP-GS PPG FG% RPG APG SPG Bernadett Balla F So. 31-12 6.5 .460 3.8 0.3 0.7 Savanna Buck G/F Sr. 29-10 5.0 .402 3.3 0.9 1.2 Elisabeth Daniels G So. 20-0 0.2 .111 0.3 0.6 0.1 Emma Gade* F R-Fr. 6-2 2.5 .462 0.8 0.3 0.5 Christian Key G Jr. 27-0 3.0 .368 0.9 0.3 0.1 Sarah Shelton* C R-Jr. DNP * Redshirted STARTERS LOST (3) Name Pos. Cl. GP-GS PPG FG% RPG APG SPG Dominique Allen F/C -- 31-13 4.3 .509 4.1 0.8 1.5 Georgia Jones G -- 31-25 9.1 .333 2.7 4.5 1.7 Jordan Pyle F -- 30-26 11.6 .489 6.3 1.4 2.5 OTHER LETTERWINNERS LOST (4) Name Pos. Cl. GP-GS PPG FG% RPG APG SPG Amber Carver C -- 26-10 3.6 .424 3.9 0.4 0.9 BPG Ieva Eida F -- 14-0 0.7 .308 0.6 0.1 0.2 Mariah Miles G -- 12-0 0.6 .286 0.6 0.3 0.3 Delaney Scrivner F/G -- 8-0 1.9 .429 0.9 0.6 0.4 Five NCAA Tournament Appearances 5 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY MEDIA INFORMATION The 2012-13 ORU Women’s Basketball Media Guide is a comprehensive source of information with player and coaching staff biographies, statistics and historical references for use by the media covering ORU Basketball. For additional information about Golden Eagle basketball, please contact Rob Walden in the ORU Athletic Media Relations Office at (918) 495-7094 MEDIA OUTLETS TULSA WORLD Michael Peters • Sports Editor P.O. Box 1770, Tulsa, OK 74102 Phone: (918) 581-8355, Fax: (918) 581-8352 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ASSOCIATED PRESS P.O. Box 1770, Tulsa, OK 74102 Phone: (918) 584-4346, Fax: (918) 584-4654 Email: email@example.com DAILY OKLAHOMAN Mike Sherman • Sports Editor P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125 Phone: (405) 475-3314, Fax (405) 475-3182 Tulsa office: (918) 481-5754 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org KJRH, Channel 2 - NBC Al Jerkens • Sports Director P.O. Box 2, Tulsa, OK 74101 Phone: (918) 742-6397, Fax: (918) 748-1566 Email: email@example.com KOKI, Channel 23 - FOX Nathan Thompson • Sports Director 2625 S. Memorial Ave., Tulsa, OK 74129 Phone: (918) 388-5263, Fax: (918) 388-0516 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org KOTV, Channel 6 - CBS John Holcomb • Sports Director P.O. Box 6, Tulsa, OK 74101 Phone: (918) 732-6146; 6118; 6134, Fax: (918) 732-6185 Email: email@example.com KTUL, Channel 8 - ABC Chris Lincoln • Sports Director P.O. Box 8, Tulsa, OK 74101 Phone: (918) 445-9363, Fax: (918) 445-9359 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org’, email@example.com KMMY FM 97.1 (The Sports Animal) Kevin Ward • Station Manager 8181 S Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74137 Phone: (918) 492-2660 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org KQLL AM 1430 (The Buzz) Chris Plank • Sports Director 5801 E. 41st, Ste. 900, Tulsa, OK 74135 Phone: (918) 664-2810, Studio Line: (918) 460-1430 Email: email@example.com KRMG AM 740 Rick Couri • Station Director 7136 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa, OK 74136 Phone: (918) 493-7111, Fax: (918) 493-2376 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org GREATER TULSA REPORTERS Forrest Cameron • Editor P.O. Box 470645, Tulsa, OK 74147-0645 Phone: (918) 250-3425, Fax: (918) 254-1550 Email: email@example.com THE ORACLE 7777 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74136 Phone: (918) 495-6864, Fax: (918) 495-6626 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org THE MABEE CENTER The home of the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles is the 10,575-seat Mabee Center. Located on ORU’s main campus at 81st St. and Lewis Ave., the Mabee Center is eight miles south of downtown Tulsa. SCORE UPDATES The ORU press row phone number is: (918) 4957800. Scores are also available on the internet at ORUGoldenEagles.com. MEDIA CREDENTIALS All credentials will be issued to WORKING MEDIA ONLY and should be requested through the ORU Athletic Media Relations Office as early as possible. Credentials will not be mailed, nor will they be issued to spouses, dates or children. MEDIA ENTRANCE All working media should enter through the service entrance of the Mabee Center, located on the southeast side of the arena. At that time, media credentials will be issued. Media parking passes are not required. There is ample free parking. WORKING AREA The press row working area is located courtside within the arena, along the north side of the playing floor. Press row seating is assigned by the Media Relations Office. THE PRESS ROOM The press room is located adjacent to the north corridor outside the main arena. Refreshments will be available prior to the game and at halftime. MEDIA SERVICES Programs, statistics and game notes will be available in the press room prior to each game. Halftime statistics are provided on press row and in the press room. Final game statistical packets will also be provided. ORU uses the Stat Crew System software package. Fax requests should be made in advance. RADIO AND TELEVISION RIGHTS ORU provides two courtesy lines for the official visiting radio outlet. If any additional lines are needed, contact the ORU Athletic Media Relations Office at least one week in advance to make arrangements. A charge will accompany additional lines and is payable through the Mabee Center Business Office. Television stations should coordinate all plans through the Media Relations Office. Rights are subject to restrictions set forth by ORU. Requests to televise any live or delayed portion should be made well in advance. PHOTOGRAPHERS All photographers must have their photo passes visible at all times and must shoot only from under the baskets, away from advertisements. POST-GAME INTERVIEWS After a 10-minute cool down period, two ORU players will proceed to the press room for the postgame press conference. Coach Cussen’s postgame interview will follow. If requested, the visiting coach and players will be made available to the media as well. PRACTICES Players will be available for interviews up to 30 minutes before practices with advance notification through the Media Relations Office. Changes in practice times do occur, so please contact the Athletic Media Relations Office to confirm times. INTERVIEWS Requests for coach and player interviews should be made at least one day in advance through Rob Walden, Assistant Director of Media Relations. Interview requests that are not coordinated through the Media Relations office will not be granted. 6 ORUGoldenEagles.com ORUGoldenEagles.com 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY HEAD COACH MISTI CUSSEN MISTI CUSSEN HEAD COACH • 1ST SEASON • SOUTHERN NAZARENE ‘93 COACHING EXPERIENCE Assistant Coach • Southern Nazarene • 1996-1997 Assistant Coach • Oral Roberts • 1997-2012 Head Coach • Oral Roberts • 2012-Present A NEW ERA FOR ORU BASKETBALL On April 27, 2012, Long-time assistant coach Misti Cussen was named the 10th head women’s basketball coach in Oral Roberts University history. “I am very grateful to Mr. Carter and Dr. Rutland for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to begin this new chapter as the head coach at ORU,” said Cussen. “I love this University, and I am thrilled to continue coaching at a place where I have spent so many great years. I am also excited to continue working with such an outstanding group of young women, and I look forward to continued success in the future.” Cussen has been on the ORU bench for the last 16 seasons as the top assistant coach, ranking as one of the nation’s longest-tenured assistant coaches at one school. She also served as the director of operations and the summer camp director. During Cussen’s tenure as an assistant coach, ORU experienced an unprecedented run of success on the court. The Golden Eagles won five Summit League Tournament titles and a pair of Summit League regular season titles during Cussen’s time as an assistant, and they made the program’s first five trips to the NCAA Tournament. Cussen also led ORU to three WNIT appearances as an assistant, including a pair of WNIT wins in 2011 over TCU and Tulane that were the program’s first postseason tournament victories in 28 years. ORU achieved 273 victories during Cussen’s time as an assistant coach, including five 20-win seasons. In 2011-12, the Golden Eagles posted their third consecutive 20-win season, a first for the program in nearly 30 years. Cussen has recruited and coached some of the finest players in ORU history during her time in Tulsa. All-American Kisa Bradley was part of Cussen’s first ORU team, in 1996, while Oklahoma natives Krista Binam and Kevi Luper have also earned All-American status during Cussen’s tenure. Seven Golden Eagles have earned conference player of the year honors under Cussen, including three-time winners Ragan and Luper, and 25 of Cussen’s student-athletes have earned all-conference designations. In addition, Cussen has coached 49 conference players of the week, 12 conference all-newcomer team selections, five conference newcomers of the year, two conference defensive players of the year and one Naismith Trophy Watch List nominee. Five NCAA Tournament Appearances 19 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY HEAD COACH MISTI CUSSEN THE CUSSEN FILE FULL NAME Misti Chennault Cussen HIGH SCHOOL El Reno High School ‘89 “Misti Cussen is the right coach for this program,” said ORU Athletic Director Mike Carter. “She has all the attributes we look for in a coach for our women’s basketball team. She is an outstanding recruiter with strong ties in Oklahoma and Texas and has been a vital part of our team for the last 16 years. Misti has demonstrated her ability to lead the program and to build upon the successes that we have enjoyed these past many seasons. We are excited to add Misti to our group of outstanding head coaches at ORU.” As a player, Cussen began her collegiate career at the University of Kansas (198991) before transferring to Southern Nazarene to finish her final two years. Cussen joined the SNU coaching staff in the spring of 1996. During the summer of 2006, Cussen had the opportunity to serve as a head coach for Athletes in Action, as she took a team of current and former college players on a month-long tour of India. During their stay, the team played in various exhibition contests against local universities, while also taking the time to volunteer in other humanitarian relief efforts. Cussen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication from SNU in 1993 before earning a master of arts in communication education in 1994. Cussen also spent two years working full-time for the state’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ staff. An Oklahoma native, Cussen prepped at El Reno High School where she was an All State selection, named to the Super Five team, and the FCA Female Athlete of the Year. Misti and her husband, Kyle, currently live in Broken Arrow with their two children, Cassie (8) and Caia (4). ALMA MATER Southern Nazarene ‘93 Speech Communication Southern Nazarene ‘94 Communication Education MASTER’S DEGREE HUSBAND Kyle CHILDREN Cassie (8) and Caia (4) PLAYING EXPERIENCE 1989-91 1991-93 University of Kansas Southern Nazarene COACHING EXPERIENCE 1996-97 1997-2012 Summer 2006 2012-Present Assistant Coach • Southern Nazarene Assistant Coach • Oral Roberts Head Coach • Athletes in Action Head Coach • Oral Roberts ALL-AMERICANS 1996 Kisa Bradley Basketball Times • Honorable Mention 2002 Krista Ragan Kodak • Honorable Mention 2010 Kevi Luper Associated Press • Honorable Mention 2011 Kevi Luper Associated Press • Honorable Mention 2012 Kevi Luper College Sports Madness • Mid-Major 2nd Team COACH CUSSEN ON TWITTER @MistiCussen 20 ORUGoldenEagles.com 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY HEAD COACH MISTI CUSSEN A Q&A WITH THE NEW HEAD COACH OF THE ORU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM Q: After so many seasons as an assistant at ORU, what does it mean to you to now be the Head Coach of the women’s basketball team? A: Surprisingly enough, the initial transition was very simple and straightforward… I laughingly told everyone in the first few months that nothing had changed except my office was a little bigger! When you spend as many seasons in one place as I have here at ORU, you emotionally take ownership and responsibility for the program – the good and the bad. I have seen this program rebuilt from Ground Zero during my tenure, and it has been a labor of love and purpose. To take over the top leadership position for this program is a tremendous blessing that I accept humbly. I understand the sacrifices that were made by previous players and coaches to give us the opportunities we have today. Q: Now that you are in charge, what differences will people see in the ORU women’s basketball program? A: There will be some similarities to who we have been for several years offensively. I love transition offense and scoring points, and we have been very successful leading the nation in various offensive categories. I think the differences will show more on the defensive end of the floor. I love some of the zone defenses that we have taught in previous seasons, but I expect that they will be more complimentary to a disciplined man-to-man system. Q: What is your philosophy on out-of-conference scheduling? What type of opponents will fans see in the Mabee Center in the early months of the year, and what kind of road trips will the team take in future seasons? A: Every season is different. For instance, this season we have very few home games due to previous contractual agreements. Traditionally, we like playing BCS schools and regional midmajors in our pre-conference games – it is a great way to prepare the team for conference play. Warm weather trips are always nice “special events” every third or fourth season too! Q: How will the move to the Southland Conference affect the ORU women’s basketball program? A: Our biggest recruiting base has always been in this part of the country, so we are excited that recruits can now play in front of their friends and families more than ever. Travel should become somewhat simpler for us as well. We are proud to join the Southland – their women’s basketball is one of their strongest sports, and it is continuing to climb. Q: Your first senior class has several very accomplished players and has won a lot of games, but they have yet to make the NCAA Tournament. Is there a sense of urgency with this group? A: The word I have used with them is “satisfying”. These seniors have set many records and won many games. But I want them to be satisfied. They aren’t yet, and neither am I. These seniors have always had a sense of urgency – they are highly competitive – but they have had some obstacles and injuries to overcome as well. If we can stay healthy this season, I believe they will write the ending to their careers that they have always expected. Q: Last year’s team struggled to play good basketball on a consistent basis. What will it take for you guys to play your best game every night? A: Details. The discipline to perfect the details possession by possession at both ends of the court. They have to know and show who they are night in and night out – they have to be known for their details. Q: How important is it for a secondary scorer to emerge alongside Kevi Luper, and who are some candidates to assume that role? A: We have a couple of great candidates – in fact, I believe we will run certain lineups this year that opposing defenses will scratch their heads a bit trying to decide who they can help off of to assist the defender assigned to Kevi. Jaci, Savanna, Detti, Krisztina, Christian, Taylor…..It will be fun to see it develop! Q: Finally, talk about your new assistant coaches and how they will impact the program. A: First off, I’m thrilled to have retained Bojan Jankovic. We have become very close during his previous two seasons here at ORU, and he gives us a European recruiting edge that is vital to our program’s continued growth. Royce Samuels has made an immediate impact on our regional recruiting since arriving here in May. Royce and I go all the way back to El Reno High School together, and he is a tremendous relationship builder. He has this contagious humor and laugh that endears him to everyone he meets. Krista Binam and I started together here at ORU – me as an assistant coach and her as a freshman in college. She has always had a high basketball “IQ” and a knack for understanding the game. She will make huge investments into our perimeter players and our team defense. And Kyron Stokes has been a fantastic addition as our Director of Operations. He had a great playing career here at ORU, and he has a love for this University. His on-campus experience will be invaluable. IN THE SPOTLIGHT Five NCAA Tournament Appearances 21 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY ASSISTANT COACH BOJAN JANKOVIC BOJAN JANKOVIC ASSISTANT COACH • 3RD SEASON • UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS ‘06 COACH CUSSEN ON BOJAN: “I am thrilled to have retained Bojan Jankovic as a part of our coaching staff for the 2012-13 season. We have become very close during his previous two seasons here at ORU, and he gives us a European recruiting edge that is vital to our program’s continued growth. Plus, he may be the nicest person I have ever worked alongside! I can’t wait to see the positive impact that Bojan has on our team this season.” PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: SCHEDULING, INTERNATIONAL RECRUITING Bojan Jankovic, former head women’s basketball coach at Centenary, is in his third season on the Oral Roberts women’s basketball staff. Jankovic joined the ORU staff on August 31, 2010. At ORU, Jankovic is responsible for international recruiting and scheduling, and he does individual work with the Golden Eagle post players. He also performs a key role in ORU’s game day preparation. Since coming to ORU, Jankovic has helped the Golden Eagle program to a pair of successful seasons. ORU has won 43 games in Jankovic’s two seasons on the bench, and they have made a pair of WNIT appearances, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2011. Jankovic spent four seasons at Centenary, serving as assistant coach for three years before taking over the head coaching duties for the 2009-10 season. Prior to his time in Shreveport, Jankovic assisted at the University of the Ozarks. Jankovic worked many facets of coaching, including recruiting and coordinating travel. He helped the men’s basketball team achieve the most conference wins in team history. Jankovic held his first coaching position in the United States as a student assistant with the men’s basketball team at Texas A&M-Commerce. He helped coach the Lions to a 26-4 record and a NCAA Division II South Central Regional finals appearance in 2005. In Europe, Jankovic had the opportunity to work a few summers with Igor Kokoskov, an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns, who is the only European assistant coach in the NBA. As coaches, Jankovic and Kokoskov were responsible for new player development. Jankovic also spent five years with Radnicki, a Division I Professional team in Serbia, where he served as the head coach for the U18 team. In 2004, Jankovic led Radnicki’s U18 team to a win in one of the largest tournaments on the European circuit in Goteborg, Sweden. Jankovic started his playing career with Radnicki, and he also played at Belgrade Basketball Club before coming to the United States. Collegiately, he played at Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, Wis., leading the team to the National Small College National Championship in 1996. After his college career, Jankovic spent one season playing professionally in Russia. An injury led him into a coaching career. Jankovic and his wife Bojana reside in Tulsa with their daughter Anja (12) and son Vuk (3). 22 ORUGoldenEagles.com 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY ASSISTANT COACH ROYCE SAMUELS ROYCE SAMUELS ASSISTANT COACH • 1ST SEASON • MOUNT SENARIO ‘92 COACH CUSSEN ON ROYCE: “Having known Royce for over 25 years, I know we are getting a quality coach and person in this hire. Royce has this infectious enthusiasm about him that our players and university family are going to love. He has developed a great network of recruiting relationships through his years as a coach at different levels, and I know that he will be a great ambassador for our women’s basketball program.” PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: RECRUITING, PLAYER DEVELOPMENT Royce Samuels is in his first season as an assistant coach at Oral Roberts University. Samuels will be responsible for scouting, conditioning programs and practice plans on Head Coach Misti Cussen’s staff. Samuels comes to ORU from the University of Detroit-Mercy, where he was an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season. While at Detroit, Samuels was a key cog in a team that posted 13 wins, including a 19-point victory over Big 10 program Michigan. A strong teacher with a knack for player development, Samuels guided many of Detroit’s top talents during his season as a Titan, including Horizon League postseason award recipients Dominique Dixon and Yar Shayok. A longtime coach in the Amateur Athletic Union ranks, Samuels has tallied 18 years of experience at the AAU level. Most recently, Samuels was the head coach of Team Wisconsin, where he coached current University of Oklahoma standout Courtney Griffin. Samuels also has collegiate coaching experience with the men’s programs at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and Olivet (Mich.) College, where he was a chief recruiter and in charge of the program’s offseason training schedules. Samuels helped Wisconsin-Stout to a 14-11 season and a winning conference record for the 2002-03 season. During Samuels’ tenure at Olivet, the Comets posted two seasons of double-digit victories and produced five players who earned All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors. Samuels has also served at a number of high school stops, including Douglass High School in Oklahoma City and El Reno High School in El Reno, Okla. Samuels is a native of El Reno and graduated from Wisconsin’s Mount Senario College in 1992 with degrees in Criminal Justice and Special Education, and he has spent several years working in special education programs at several different schools. Five NCAA Tournament Appearances 23 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY ASSISTANT COACH KRISTA BINAM KRISTA BINAM ASSISTANT COACH • 1ST SEASON • ORAL ROBERTS ‘02 COACH CUSSEN ON KRISTA: “It is a joy to bring Krista home to ORU and our women’s basketball program. She and I stepped onto the campus of Oral Roberts at the same time back in August of 1996, and we spent the first six seasons of my tenure here together laying the foundation for this program. During her time as a player, she set the standard for our teams on and off of the floor with her intensity and passion. I am confident that she will be a tremendous asset to our current players, and we are thrilled to have her rejoin the Golden Eagles.”” PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: SCOUTING, PLAYER DEVELOPMENT Golden Eagle legend Krista Binam joined the ORU women’s basketball coaching staff on May 18, 2012. Binam has spent the last nine seasons as a head coach at four high schools in the Eastern Oklahoma area. From 2003-06, Binam coached at Glenpool High School, leading the Warriors to a pair of 25-win seasons. Binam then spent four seasons at Coweta High School, taking the Tigers to the OSSAA State Tournament in 2007 and 2008. Binam spent the 2010-11 season at Indianola High School, and most recently she led Owasso High School during the 2011-12 season. For her high school career, Binam posted a record of 158-66. Binam (formerly Ragan) is best known by Golden Eagle fans for her record-breaking collegiate career in the ORU navy and gold. From 19962002, Binam rewrote ORU’s record books and laid the groundwork for the program’s unprecedented level of success. The Indianola native is a two-time Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year, and she earned Kodak All-American honors in 2002. Binam led ORU to a pair of Mid-Continent Conference championships and the first two NCAA Tournament bids in school history. She ended her career as the Mid-Con’s career scoring leader, with 2,152 points. “It is a joy to bring Krista home to ORU and our women’s basketball program, said Cussen. “During her time as a player, she set the standard for our teams on and off of the floor with her intensity and passion. I am confident that she will be a tremendous asset to our current players, and we are thrilled to have her rejoin the Golden Eagles.” Binam is married to former ORU men’s basketball player Nathan Binam, and the couple has an infant daughter, Lakyn. 24 ORUGoldenEagles.com 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY SUPPORT STAFF JOHN JOSLIN DIRECTOR OF SPORTS MEDICINE • 5TH SEASON John Joslin has been at ORU since 2008 and he is in his fifth athletic season as the school’s Director of Sports Medicine. Joslin supervises all athletic training and sports medicine efforts for each of ORU’s 14 intercollegiate athletic teams. During the winter season, Joslin travels with ORU’s men’s basketball team, and he is often present at ORU home events in every sport. Joslin came to ORU after spending the previous three years as Head Athletic Trainer for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Developmental League. A 1988 graduate of the University of Tulsa, Joslin worked at EOOC for 20 years, where was responsible for patient education, outreach programs for local high schools and contract event coverage. He also assisted athletic training students during clinical rotations. Joslin gained valuable experience as Head Athletic Trainer for the Tulsa Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League from 1991-1992. He also served an internship with the NFL’s New England Patriots in 1986. A member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the former chairman of the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers Association (1997-2005), Joslin is certified by the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision, as well as the NATA. Joslin and his wife, Vickie, are the parents of daughter, Mikayla (18). Joslin has a stepson, Brandon, and a granddaughter, Cheyenne (5). KYRON STOKES DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS • 1ST SEASON • ORAL ROBERTS ‘12 Kyron Stokes joined the ORU women’s basketball staff as Director of Operations on June 6, 2012. In his position, Stokes will oversee ORU’s film exchange and travel coordination, along with additional duties. Stokes is a familiar name to Golden Eagle fans, having spent four seasons as a member of the ORU men’s basketball team. Stokes averaged 4.8 points per game over his 77-game collegiate career, and he was a member of two 20-win teams for the Golden Eagle men’s program. “Bringing a young, up-and-coming coach like Kyron into the mix will be a great benefit for our staff, and I know our players will enjoy working with him,” said Head Coach Misti Cussen. “Kyron is already a member of the ORU basketball family, and I am very happy that we will be able to keep him here for another season.” “It’s always been a dream of mine to make my career coaching basketball,” said Stokes. “I am honored and excited that I can get my start here at ORU, a school where I have spent many great years already.” A native of Mansfield, Texas, Stokes spent the 2011-12 season as a graduate assistant on the ORU men’s basketball coaching staff. In that capacity, Stokes assisted with practices, film exchange and stat keeping, helping the Golden Eagles to a 27-7 record and a Summit League regular season title. ORU also participated in the National Invitation Tournament during Stokes’ season on the bench, and earned victories over Texas Tech and No. 8 Xavier. “Kyron has a great work ethic and is going to have a fantastic coaching career,” said Cussen. “It excites me that we will be able to help him get that career started.” Stokes graduated from ORU in May with B.S. in Marketing, and he is currently pursuing a MBA. He and his wife Brittany reside in Tulsa. Five NCAA Tournament Appearances 25 2012-13 ORU BASKETBALL ORU EXPERIENCE COACHES 2012-13 SQUAD OPPONENTS 2011-12 REVIEW HISTORY SUPPORT STAFF DR. MARK RUTLAND PRESIDENT OF ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY Dr. Mark Rutland is the third president of Oral Roberts University. He is a distinguished educator, charismatic leader, business man and a nationally recognized figure in Christian higher education. The active pursuit of intell