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Cold shooting hurts Lady Demons at Oral Roberts

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TULSA, Okla. (KALB News Channel 5) – Keisha Lee ripped Oral Roberts for 25 points on Saturday afternoon, but a cold shooting day from the Northwestern State women's basketball team as whole led to a 62-51 loss to the Golden Eagles in Southland Conference action.

The Lady Demons (10-9, 3-4 SLC) were held to 26 percent from the floor (16-61), the lowest percentage NSU has put up all season, and 3-of-25 from 3-point range.  ORU (5-12, 4-3 SLC) was only 38 percent from the field (22-58) and 25 percent from the arc.

"It's really frustrating because I felt like we got really, really good looks.  We're a team that shoots 47 or 48 percent from the field and conference and today really disappointing," said co-head coach Brooke Stoehr.  "We feel like we have kids that can make shots and have made shots all year long, and today we did not.

"We had a number of good, open looks and we couldn't knock them down for whatever reason today," she said. "Credit Oral Roberts because they did a good job, but we have to hit open shots."

One Lady Demon, other than Keisha Lee, had more than one made shot on the afternoon.

Lee was 9-of-22 from the field and 1-of-7 from 3-point range.  She also had five rebounds and a steal.

NSU started the game 3-of-13 from the field and fell to an early 20-9 deficit with 7:56 to play in the half.  It roared back to with eight made shots in 18 tries to grab a one point lead with 1:32 to play before the break.

Emily Spector scored on a layup to make it 27-26 at the 1:32 mark.  ORU's Tysia Manuel answered with a layup one minute later before Northwestern State fouled Bernadett Balla with four seconds left in the half.

Balla hit both free throws to give the Golden Eagles a 30-27 lead at halftime.

"That's a frustrating thing. We fought back and take a lead, but we have to be able to knock down shots," said Stoehr.

The Lady Demons were 6-of-30 from the field and 1-of-15 from behind the arc.

Oral Roberts grew its lead to 14, the largest of the game, with 6:09 left to play in the game.

Spector was 2-of-6 from the field and had four points.  Janelle Perez and Kourtney Pennywell each had six points.  Beatrice Attura hit a 3-pointer and Robin Richardson and Trudy Armstead each had two points.

Down 12, NSU gained a little momentum late when Perez was fouled and hit both free throws and the Lady Demons forced a turnover on a five-second violation.

Attura cut the lead to seven with 1:29 remaining in the game.   From there, ORU was a perfect 6-of-6 at the charity stripe to finish out the game.

Balla led the Golden Eagles with 19 points just ahead of 15 from Christian Key.  Balla also tied for the game's lead of eight rebounds with Northwestern State's Spector.

NSU outrebound Oral Roberts, 43-40, but ORU took advantage of its 13 offensive boards to score 16 points.  NSU had nine points on second-chance shots.

Northwestern State returns to the floor on Thursday to open a four-game home stand that starts with Incarnate Word at 5:30 in Prather Coliseum.

Northwestern State will also host Abilene Christian, McNeese State, and Nicholls.

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