Nov. 23, 2011
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Lady Bear Gameday Guide
Missouri State Lady Bears (1-2/0-0 MVC) vs. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (5-0/0-0 Summit League)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011
Tip: 2:05 p.m. (Central)
Location: Tulsa, Okla.
Site: Mabee Center (10,575)
Radio: KTXR 101.3 FM
Live Audio: RadioSpringfield.com
Live Video: ORUGoldenEagles.com
Live Stats: ORUGoldenEagles.com
The Missouri State Lady Bears (1-2, 0-0 MVC) continue their road trip Saturday, Nov. 26, with a 2:05 p.m. contest at Oral Roberts (5-0, 0-0 Summit League) at the Mabee Center in Tulsa. It will be Missouri State's third true road game out of its first four contests this season, the fourth time in school history the schedule has opened in that manner.
Saturday's matchup should provide a lot of points if recent history is any indication. The teams have met seven times in the last decade, and the winning team has scored at least 90 points in four of the games and at least 75 in all but one. In all, the last seven contests have seen of average of 147.6 points scored per game.
Missouri State trails Oral Roberts 8-5 in the all-time series. The Lady Bears are 4-3 against ORU since 2003, scoring at 75 points in five of those games. The teams have split the last two meetings in Tulsa, with MSU winning 99-81 in 2009 and ORU winning 96-79 in 2007.
Scouting Oral Roberts
Oral Roberts in off to a 5-0 start with wins over Drury, Wisconsin, North Texas, Louisiana Tech and Houston. Only North Texas has played ORU as close as 10 points, while the Golden Eagles have averaged 79.6 points to 61.4 for opponents.
Junior All-America guard Kevi Luper, who last season became the first player in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in both scoring and steals, is doing the same again this season with averages of 27.0 points and 4.8 steals per game. Elisabeth Daniels (13.2) and Georgia Jones (10.4) also average double figures for ORU, which shoots .462 from the field, .258 from three-point range and .813 from the free throw line. The Golden Eagles also have an impressive assist-to-turnover ratio through five games, with 81 in each category.
With three points Nov. 18 at Kansas State, Jaleshia Roberson now has 996 for her career, moving her four points away from becoming the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU.
Missouri State has played 101 games since the current five-member senior class got to campus for the 2008-09 season. Of the 505 starting spots available in those 101 games, members of this season's roster have accounted for 404, or 80.0 percent.
Five players on the roster have started at least 57 games, six have started at least 28, and all five seniors have appeared in at least 95 games in their careers.
Junior Christiana Shorter has started the first 70 games of her career, leading the Lady Bears in rebounding in 35 of those with 17 double-doubles.
Missouri State opened the season against schools that made the NCAA Tournament in 2011. Louisiana Tech (28), Louisville (26) and Kansas State (46) also finished last year with RPIs of 46 or better.
Missouri State's fourth and fifth opponents, Oral Roberts and Arkansas-Little Rock, made the WNIT and NCAA fields, respectively, last season, and the Lady Bears will not face a team that failed to qualify for postseason play in 2011 until a Dec. 6 home game against East Tennessee State. With a trip to Oklahoma State to follow, MSU will play six 2011 postseason squads in its first seven games.