Porsha Roberts scored 16 points and had 13 rebounds in SFA's 63-56 loss at ORU.
Jan. 12, 2013
ORU 63-SFA 56
TULSA, Oklahoma - Porsha Roberts scored 16 points and had 13 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season but it was not enough to avoid a 63-56 loss to Oral Roberts Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Center.
The Ladyjacks (6-10, 1-4), who wrapped up a stretch of five games in nine days, were plagued by 19 turnovers that led to 16 points for the Golden Eagles. Three Golden Eagles (6-8, 3-1) scored in double-figures, led by a game-high 20 points by Christian Key. The Tulsa native set her career-high in points by connecting on a career-high six three-pointers.
SFA lost despite dominating ORU in bench performance, outscoring the Golden Eagles 23-4 and won points in the paint, 18-14.
SFA began the first half by holding ORU without a made field goal for the first six minutes and jumped out to a 7-0 lead by the 14-minute mark. The Golden Eagles went 0-for-10 from the field before Jaci Bigham finally put ORU on the board with a made floater.
After a Daylyn Harris three-pointer gave SFA a 12-5 advantage the Golden Eagles responded with an 11-1 run to capture a 16-13 lead following a three-pointer from Key. The ORU junior guard connected on two more long distance shots before the half and the Golden Eagles held a 29-25 lead until Ashlee Mells ended the first half in spectacular fashion, sinking a shot at the buzzer just past halfcourt to make the score 29-28 at halftime.
SFA shot just 32 percent from the field in the first half but made up for it by connecting on 5-of-6 from three-point territory. Both Harris and Tierany Henderson led the Ladyjacks with six points apiece in the first 20 minutes.
ORU managed to shoot just 25 percent (9-of-36) from the field in the first half and were led in scoring by Bigham, who scored 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Luper, who came into Saturday averaging 20 points per game, managed just five points in the first half on 1-of-7 shooting from the floor. SFA also out-rebounded the Golden Eagles, 27-21 in the first half.
The Golden Eagles began the second half by going on an 8-0 run, which included two made three-pointers from Taylor Cooper, to jump out to a 37-28 lead. On the flipside SFA struggled to score in the first nine minutes of the first half and managed just three made shots from the field during that stretch and thus trailed, 48-39 at the 11:38 mark.
SFA managed to cut the once 12-point deficit down to 56-53 following a KK Jerrell three-pointer from the top of the key but were unable to get any closer.
The Ladyjacks will finally return home on Thursday, Jan. 17 when they host Southeastern Louisiana at 6 p.m.