ORU Steals Last Second Victory From Ladies
Monday, January 19, 2004

Tulsa, Okla.—The Centenary Ladies opened some eyes as they put a scare into Oral Roberts Monday night in Mid-Con action. The Ladies failed to hold a three-point advantage with 1:24 remaining as they fell on the road 68-67.

Centenary (3-13/1-4 Mid-Con) turned in its best shooting performance of the season as the Ladies shot a sizzling 50.9 percent from the field. The Golden Eagles managed only 40.7 percent shooting but won the battle of the boards (35-27), committed less turnovers (17-13), and took advantage of a big disparity at the free throw line (17-of-20 to 6-of-9) to steal the win.

Oral Roberts (10-7/4-2 Mid-Con) carried a two-point lead into the half and never led by more than seven points in the game. The second half was a seesaw affair as both teams held the lead several times. ORU went up on the Ladies 62-55 on a made shot from freshman Elisha Turek at the 6:50 mark. Centenary then answered with an 8-0 run that gave the Ladies the lead at 63-62 with 3:04 left to play.

Turek drained another basket to regain the lead for the Golden Eagles, but Holli Wilkins quickly put Centenary back on top at 65-64. Julie Danieles then scored to extend the Ladies advantage to three at 67-64 with just over one minute to go in the contest. A foul by Tori Alloway sent Leah Cannon to the line where she sank both free throws to pull the home team within one point. After a shot attempt by Wilkins was blocked by Maureen Obudho, Alycia Seay grabbed the rebound of a miss by Turek and put it back to give ORU the lead again at 68-67 with 14 seconds showing on the game clock. Centenary received one more chance but Alexis Pettway’s shot was also blocked by Obudho to end the game.

Whitney Rushing led the Ladies in scoring with 14 points. Pettway added 13 points and eight boards while Danieles and Louise Smyth each pitched in 11 points in the loss.

Oral Roberts was paced by Turek’s 19 points and 13 rebounds. Seay finished with 16 points and Claudia Louis contributed 15 points to the victory.