Oral Roberts edges Western Illinois to meet top-seed South Dakota State in the semis

Oral Roberts senior guard Lakota Beatty tied a Summit League Tournament record for made three's in a game with seven to propel the Golden Eagles past Western Illinois in the quarterfinals.
Oral Roberts senior guard Lakota Beatty tied a Summit League Tournament record for made three's in a game with seven to propel the Golden Eagles past Western Illinois in the quarterfinals.

Press Conference: (4) Oral Roberts | (5) Western Illinois

The Basics

Score: No. 4 Oral Roberts 68, No. 5 Western Illinois 64
Records: Oral Roberts (18-12), Western Illinois (12-18)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Oral Roberts and Western Illinois combined for 65 3-point attempts in Sunday's quarterfinal contest, 29 from the No. 4 seed Golden Eagles and 36 from the No. 5 seed Fighting Leathernecks, tied for third-most in a Summit League Tournament game. Despite taking fewer 3's, ORU made 11 of them, three more than WIU, which made up the difference in the 68-64 win.

Lakota Beatty made seven of ORU's 11 triples, which tied for the all-time tournament record with three other players.

Western Illinois scored the first five points of the game, only to see Oral Roberts counter with a 10-0 run, and when the Leathernecks cut that lead down to one late in the first quarter, the Golden Eagles fired right back, scoring the final three points of the first and the first five points of the second quarter to push the lead back to nine points at 20-11.

Annabel Graettinger quelled the run with a layup at the other end, but Beatty fired right back with a two of her four 3-pointers in the frame to get the lead up to 13, a lead that would reach 14 points after a Sarah Garvie triple before the Golden Eagles took a 32-20 lead into the break.

ORU kept the lead in double figures for most of the third quarter, allowing WIU to get within seven points once, and nine points five times, which served as a precursor to the fourth quarter, when a Taylor Higgenbotham layup and a Kyra Washington 3-poitner started the scoring to cut the lead to 52-47 with just under seven minutes to play.

Minus one possession between the three and four-minute mark of the quarter, the Oral Roberts' lead stayed in single digits until the 1:17 mark, when Higginbotham buried a 3-pointer from the right wing to cut the ORU lead to 63-60.

The Golden Eagles answered with a Beatty jumper on the other end with 24 seconds left to push the lead back to five points, and then secured the win from the free throw line.

As the only ORU player in double figures, Beatty finished with a game-high 25 points, adding nine rebounds to come up just short of a double-double.

Olivia Kaufmann led four Leathernecks in double figures with 16 points, with Higginbotham added 15, while Graettinger and Washington both finished with 11 points in the loss.

The Golden Eagles advance to play top-seed South Dakota State in the semifinals on Monday at noon.

Turning Point

  • The last basket of the first quarter, a Lakota Beatty 3-pointer. After Annabel Graettinger buried a 3-pointer to cut the ORU lead to 12-11 with just over a minute left in the quarter, Beatty answered, preventing the Fighting Leathernecks from taking momentum into the second quarter.

Inside the Box Score

  • The teams combined for 65 3-point attempts
  • WIU's 36 3-point field goal attempts tied itself for third all-time in tournament history
  • Oral Roberts went 11 for 29 from 3-point range, 38 percent
  • Western Illinois went 8 for 36 from 3-point range, 22 percent
  • Lakota Beatty went 7 for 16 from 3-point range, both of which get her in the tournament record book, as her seven attempts ties her for first and her, 16 attempts ranks second in tournament history
  • ORU finished with a 50-35 rebounding advantage, with a 14-9 edge on the offensive glass
  • ORU scored 10 second-chance points, compared to three for WIU

News & Notes

  • Oral Roberts improves to 25-14 all-time in the tournament, with a 13-7 mark in the quarterfinals, and an 11-1 record as a No. 4 seed
  • Western Illinois falls to 15-23 all-time in the tournament, with a 10-15 mark in the quarterfinals and an 0-4 record as the No. 5 seed
  • ORU leads the all-time series with WIU, 25-23
  • Taylor Higginbotham ends her career with a Western Illinois-record 1,806 career points
  • Beatty's seven 3s ties her with Youngstown State's Caroline McCombs, who hit seven vs. Troy in the championship game on March 6, 1997, with Chazny Morris from Kansas City, who hit seven vs. North Dakota State in the quarterfinals on March 7, 2010 and with Jaycee Bradley from South Dakota, who hit seven vs. Purdue Fort Wayne in the quarterfinals on March 3, 2018
  • Beatty's 16 3-point attempts ranked second all-time in the tournament, one fewer than South Dakota State's Kristin Rotert, who shot 17 vs. Oral Roberts in the championship on March 9, 2010
  • Western Illinois holds the team record with 41 3-point field goal attempts, set against Omaha in the semifinals on March 6, 2017, South Dakota State ranks second with 38, set against Oral Roberts in the championship game on March 9, 2010, while WIU tied itself in third place, previously set in the quarterfinals against Denver on March 4, 2017

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