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ORU Unable to Hold Lead Falling 72-61 at Western Illinois

ORU Unable to Hold Lead Falling 72-61 at Western Illinois

Score: Western Illinois 72 – Oral Roberts 61
Records: Western Illinois (8-6, 1-0 SL); Oral Roberts (3-10, 0-1 SL)
Location: Western Hall – Macomb, Ill. 

MACOMB, Ill. – The Oral Roberts women's basketball team was unable to hold a late lead falling Friday at Western Illinois 72-61 in The Summit League opener for both teams.

The Golden Eagles rallied back from an early deficit in the first half to take a 24-20 lead at intermission. However, an 11-2 run by the Leathernecks to start the fourth quarter gave WIU a 64-52 lead with 6:33 left in the game as they held on for the win.

ORU was unable to make a run in the final minutes as Kaylan Mayberry scored a game-high 25 points. Mayberry also added a career-high five steals in the loss while going 4-of-8 from behind the three-point arc.

Western Illinois was led by Taylor Higginbotham's 21 points while teammate Michelle Maher added 18.

Michelle Farrow hit a reverse layup with 9:13 left in the game to start a 9-0 run for Western Illinois. The layup gave the Leathernecks a five point lead before pushing their advantage to 15 points in the final minutes.

Oral Roberts: Kaylan Mayberry led the way with a game-high 25 points knocking down four three-pointers and adding five steals.
Western Illinois: Taylor Higginbotham finished with 21 points and six rebounds, while Michelle Maher added 18 points. 

- ORU Shot 50 percent in the second half while WIU shot 70 percent from the field.
- ORU was 7-of-17 from behind the three-point line to finish with a season-high 41 percent.
- Mayberry tied a career-high 25 points in back-to-back games.
- Mayberry also finished with a career-high five steals. It was the first time since 3/9/13 an ORU player recorded five or more steals in a game. 

ORU heads east to face IUPUI in a Sunday matinee at The Jungle. Tipoff from Indianapolis is scheduled for 1 p.m. (CST). 

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