Oral Roberts University’s women's basketball team lost in the 1st round of the Southland Conference Tournament Thursday afternoon as the Golden Eagles were defeated by Nicholls State, 77-66. ORU’s season ends at 9-20 with the loss. Nicholls (17-13) advances to play Northwestern State on Friday.
"Congratulations to Nicholls. They finished well today and that was our Achilles heel," said ORU head coach Misti Cussen. "It’s kind of been our Achilles heel this year. We haven’t finished not only possessions but games."
Playing her final collegiate game, Christian Key led the Golden Eagles with 16 points and five assists. Fellow senior Sarah Shelton added seven points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in her last game in blue and gold.
The Colonels won the game with sharp-shooting three-pointers. They hit 14 made three-pointers, which matched a SLC Tournament single-game record. Emani White drained five treys and scored a game-high 24 points, while KK Babin hit four three-pointers and scored 16.
Freshman Kaylan Mayberry scored 15 points in the loss. She and Key each hit four three-pointers, and Noora Jaervikangas added a pair of threes and scored eight points. As a team, ORU was 10-for-23 (43.5%) from outside and shot 41.0% for the game.
Nicholls was 14-for-28 (50.0%) from deep and shot 39.0% overall.
Key’s career ends with 149 made three-pointers, sixth-most in school history, while Shelton concludes her career fifth on the school’s career blocks list, with 99. Shelton is also the school record holder in career field goal percentage, at 63.1%.
Both Shelton and Key were integral parts of ORU’s 2012-13 club, which won the Southland Conference regular season and tournament titles and earned the school’s sixth NCAA Tournament appearance.