TUSLA, Okla. – A 10-point differential in both points in the paint and points off turnovers led Oral Roberts past the Northwestern State women's basketball team 66-55 Thursday night in Southland Conference action.
ORU (5-8, 2-1 SLC) finished with 28 points in the paint and 20 points off of turnovers to the Lady Demons' (5-9, 1-3 SLC) 18 and 10 respectively.
NSU continued its hot shooting when it made 22 of 47 shots for 46.8 percent, but gave up 27-56 for 48.2 percent.
"We have to get better defensively, and continue to demand a certain level," co-head coach Brooke Stoehr. "Until we meet those expectations, we have to continue to work.
"I felt like we gave up a number of good looks inside and allowed for some kick-out 3-pointers," she said. "They shoot the ball really well."
Kevi Luper, the league's leading scorer, and Taylor Cooper each led the game with 16 points. ORU's Christian Key scored 15 and Sarah Shelton had 11.
Jasmine Bradley led the Lady Demons with 15 points and Jasmine Upchurch followed with 14. It was Upchurch's fourth straight double-figure game.
NSU led the Golden Eagles 30-28 in rebounds. Oral Roberts led the Lady Demons in assists (18-11) and turnovers with nine to NSU's 15.
The Lady Demons will finish the three-game road trip with Central Arkansas Saturday. Going into Saturday's game NSU will have faced three of the top five teams in the SLC standings in the road trip.
"I think it's important to draw from our non conference," said Stoehr. "We had a very tough non conference, and it's no different than what we've faced these first five games in conference."
NSU took on preseason favored McNeese and current league-leading Lamar at home to open the conference season before the road trip.
"We have to play them all at some point, so you might as well play them early to see where you stack up," said Stoehr. "It's difficult to win on the road in any league. You have to be tougher on the defensive end, and we're just not there right now."
NSU will return home Jan. 17 when it takes on Nicholls State on ESPN 3. Tickets are on sale now and are $5 with advance purchase.