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ORU Finishes Comeback with Overtime win at Denver

ORU Finishes Comeback with Overtime win at Denver

THE BASICS
Score: Oral Roberts 59 – Denver 56
Records: Oral Roberts (11-12, 8-3 SL); Denver (4-20, 2-9 SL)
Location: Magness Arena – Denver, Colo. 

DENVER, Colo. – The Oral Roberts women's basketball team finished an incredible comeback to claim a 59-56 overtime victory Sunday at the University of Denver in Summit League action.

A steal by Kaylan Mayberry with 44 seconds left in regulation allowed her to find Dorottya Balla in transition as she nailed a game tying three-pointer with 41 seconds left for ORU. Balla finished with 12 points while Mayberry added 11 in the win.

The defense for ORU held tight in one final possession for Denver during regulation forcing overtime for the second time this season. The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early lead in the extra period to lead the entire five minutes holding off the Pioneers for a fourth straight road win.

Offensively, Faith Ihim led ORU with 14 points and pulled down five boards. Blair Bryce pulled down 10 boards as ORU committed just six turnovers in the second half and overtime.

Jacqlyn Poss led Denver with 14 points as she played all 45 minutes.

TURNING POINT
A steal by Kaylan Mayberry with 44 seconds left in regulation allowed her to find Dorottya Balla in transition as she nailed a game tying three-pointer with 41 seconds left for ORU. Balla finished with 12 points while Mayberry added 11 in the win. 

The defense for ORU held tight in one final possession for Denver during regulation forcing overtime for the second time this season. The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early lead in the extra period to lead the entire five minutes holding off the Pioneers for a fourth straight road win.

THE LEADERS
Oral Roberts: Faith Ihim scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed five rebounds. Kaylan Mayberry added 11 points while Dorottya Balla scored 12.
Denver: Jacqlyn Poss finished with 14 points after playing all 45 minutes in the game. 

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- ORU led for just 5:14 in the game while Denver led for 36:56.
- The Golden Eagles won their first overtime game under Misti Cussen to improve to 1-3.
- ORU turned the ball over just six times in the second half and overtime after committing 10 in the first half.
- The Golden Eagles won their fourth straight road game and sweep the season series with Denver.
- ORU now leads the all-time series with Denver 3-1. 

UP NEXT
The Golden Eagles head north to face The Summit League's top two teams, South Dakota State and South Dakota. ORU battles SDSU Thursday night in Brookings followed by a Saturday afternoon tip at South Dakota. 

For the latest information on ORU women's basketball, follow @ORUWBB on Twitter or go to www.ORUAthletics.com.  Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the Golden Eagles Front Row App at ORUAthletics.com/frontrow or in the App Store. 

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