TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts women's basketball team and Head Coach Misti Cussen announced that Gem Summers and Nena Taylor have signed their national letters of intent to compete during the 2019-20 season.
A 5-foot-9 guard from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Gem Summers will join the ORU women's basketball team for the 2019-20 season as a freshman from Victory Christian Center. She was a second team selection during the 2019 State Tournament. She was named 2018 Catoosa and Oologah Tournament Champions MVP. Summers was the 2019 Tournament of Champions leading scorer and is the 14th female in Tournament of Champions history to score 30-plus points in one game. She was a dual sport athlete competing in basketball and volleyball. She was selected to the 2017 and 2018 All-State Volleyball Team.
She is the daughter of Jimmy and Mary Summers. "I love the school and it's culture," Summers said. "ORU has been the model that Victory Christian School patterned itself after. I love the concept of equipping the whole man: mind, body and spirit." Summers plans to major in biology.
"We are very excited about the addition of Gem and Nena to our women's basketball program," Head Coach Misti Cussen said. "Both of these young women represent the identity of our university incredibly well off the court, and they will both have outstanding playing careers during their time at ORU."
Nena Taylor, a 5-foot-8 guard from Parsons, Kansas, will graduate from Parsons High School with honors. Taylor made the All-State First Team her senior year as well as First Team All-Section and All-State All-Class. During her high school career she scored 1,331 points and grabbed 565 rebounds. She had a total of 103 assists and 218 steals. A multi-sport athlete, she was a three-time track and volleyball letter winner. She was awarded the silver and gold award in Girl Scouts and has lettered academically.
She is the daughter of Fena and Lashawn Taylor. "I loved the energy from the coaching staff and players when I got on campus," Taylor said. "ORU just felt like the perfect fit for me." She is expected to major in education.
5-9 | Guard | Tulsa, Okla. | Victory Christian Center
High School: Second team selection during the 2019 State Tournament … Named 2018 Catoosa and Oologah Tournament Champions MVP … Was the 2019 Tournament of Champions leading scorer and is the 14th female in Tournament of Champions history to score 30-plus points in one game … A dual sport athlete competing in basketball and volleyball ... Selected to the 2017 and 2018 All-State Volleyball Team.
Personal: Daughter of Jimmy and Mary Summers ... Chose ORU because of the school and it's cultured … Expected to major in biology.
5-9 | Guard | Parsons, Kan. | Parsons HS
Previous School: made the All-State First Team her senior year as well as First Team All-Section and All-State All-Class ... Scored 1,331 points and grabbed 565 rebounds … Totaled 103 assists and 218 steals ... Multi-sport athlete, was a three-time track and volleyball letter winner ... Awarded the silver and gold award in Girl Scouts and has lettered academically.
Personal: Daughter of Fena and Lashawn Taylor ... Chose ORU because she loved the energy from the coaching staff and players when she got on campus … Expected to major in education.
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