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ORU EXPERIENCE | COACHES | 2013-14 SQUAD | OPPONENTS | 2012-13 REVIEW | HISTORY heading into Southland Conference play. But the reason for the struggles was simple: ORU’s preconference schedule ranked as one of the most grueling in the nation. The Golden Eagles faced four NCAA Tournament teams in the season’s first two months and two more clubs that reached the WNIT. Included in the non-conference slate were road meetings with defending National Champion Baylor and nationally-ranked Nebraska, along with road dates at Louisiana Tech, DePaul and Missouri State. At the beginning of conference play, RPIRankings.com credited ORU with the 13th-most difficult non-conference schedule in the country. That difficult slate, by far the toughest among Southland Conference teams, proved to be an advantage late in the season, as the battle-tested Golden Eagles captured SLC regular season and tournament hardware. GOLDEN EAGLES LEAD SLC FROM DOWNTOWN In their first season as Southland Conference members, ORU ended the year as the league’s top three-point shooting team. ORU knocked down 37.7% of their three-point shots, well ahead of McNeese State, who shot 32.8% from downtown. SENIORS CAP CAREER WITH ONE FINAL MABEE CENTER VICTORY ORU held Senior Night on February 19 and highlighted the event with an emotional 76-69 victory over Central Arkansas. Seniors accounted for 52 of the team’s 76 points, with Kevi Luper scoring 33, Jaci Bigham adding 12 and Savanna Buck chipping in seven. The victory was one final feather in the cap of

a senior class that owned the Mabee Center for four seasons. ORU was 45-10 at the Mabee Center during the four-year run of Luper, Bigham and Buck, including a 10-2 mark in 2012-13. Against conference opponents, ORU’s Class of 2013 posted a 33-3 record at home. Overall, ORU’s Class of 2013 teamed up to win 84 games in their four seasons as Golden Eagles, the most wins by an ORU senior class since the 1983 class finished with 80 total wins. The trio combined for 24 conference player of the week awards, seven all-conference honors and three conference player of the year honors. They set 31 team and career records at ORU, with Luper setting ORU’s career scoring record and Bigham holding the school’s career assist record. CUSSEN’S DEBUT SEASON RANKS AMONG ORU’S BEST ORU went 18-13 in the first season of Misti Cussen’s head coaching tenure, finishing with a .581 winning percentage. That ranks Cussen as the most successful first-year ORU head coach in over 30 years and the 4th-most successful ORU rookie coach of all time. Winning Percentage • First-year ORU Coaches 1. Dixie Woodall (1977-78) 31-4 (.886) 2. Peggy Beck (1975-76) 18-4 (.818) 3. Debbie Yow (1981-82) 14-10 (.583) 4. Misti Cussen (2012-13) 18-13 (.581) 5. Rick Napier (1994-95) 15-12 (.556) ORU HOSTS REGULAR SEASON SEC FOE FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1997 Oral Roberts hosted Arkansas on November 19,

^^^ ORU honored the Class of 2013 in an emotional ceremony on February 19 following a 79-66 victory over Central Arkansas. ORU’s seniors went 45-10 in four seasons at the Mabee Center.

^^^ Bernadett Balla scored 26 points in ORU’s 80-57 loss to Arkansas on November 19

a historic night despite an 80-57 loss. The regular season meeting with a Southeastern Conference opponent was the first for ORU at the Mabee Center since a 64-60 loss to Georgia on December 14, 1997. BIGHAM, LUPER EARN ACADEMIC LAURELS Not just stars on the court, seniors Jaci Bigham and Kevi Luper were honored for their classroom achievements with spots on the Southland Conference All-Academic Team. Bigham, a communications major, finished her college career with a 3.72 GPA, while Luper, a business major, finished with a GPA of 3.58. As a club, eight of the 12 players on ORU’s roster finished the season with a GPA over 3.00, and the Golden Eagles posted a cumulative GPA of 3.26. ORU MAKES TV APPEARANCES ORU was a fixture on national broadcasts in 2012-13, playing six games in front of a national audience. The Golden Eagles went 3-0 in games carried by ESPN3, with victories over Lamar on January 24, McNeese State on March 15 and Sam Houston State in the SLC Championship Game on March 16. The Golden Eagles were also featured on a BTN.com broadcast when they faced Nebraska on December 20. Two of ORU’s games were televised nationally. On December 12, the Golden Eagles tangled with defending national champion Baylor on Fox Sports Southwest Plus. Finally, the NCAA Tournament game against Tennessee was broadcast by ESPN2, with a television viewing audience of over 604,000.

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2013-14 ORU Women's Basketball Media Guide  

Your source for information on the 2013-14 ORU women's basketball team, including player bios, media information, historical features and mo...

2013-14 ORU Women's Basketball Media Guide  

Your source for information on the 2013-14 ORU women's basketball team, including player bios, media information, historical features and mo...

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