ORU women's basketball update
BY JIMMIE TRAMEL World Sports Writer & MIKE MOGUIN World Correspondent
Friday, February 15, 2013
2/15/13 at 3:25 AM
12-11 overall, 9-4 Southland
Catching up: With the win, ORU is now a half-game behind Sam Houston State and Lamar (17-6, 9-3), which are tied for first place in the Southland Conference.
Player to watch: Jaci Bigham. The senior point guard has dished more career assists than any player in program history. She produced eight in a Saturday victory at Stephen F. Austin to move past Leah Cannon, whose playing career ended in 2006. Bigham also scored a season-high 26 points, including two free throws with 2:18 left to put ORU ahead to stay. She is on pace to break a single-season school record for assists that she set in 2009-10.
Select company: Bigham is one of four ORU players to land on the program's career top 10 lists in points and assists. Also in that club are Krista Ragan (now an Golden Eagles assistant coach), Kim Ogden and Connie Weeks.
Catching a breather: After a Saturday home game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and a Tuesday home game against Central Arkansas, ORU will get a nine-day break before closing the regular season with a three-game road trip.
How did the Golden Eagles wind up with that much time off? Southland Conference teams play men's and women's doubleheaders. But ORU's men will step out of league play to face Weber State in an ESPN BracketBusters game on Saturday, Feb. 23. The fallout? ORU's women will get their first Saturday off since Dec. 29.
This is important: The top two teams in the Southland regular season standings get byes into the league's postseason tournament. That wasn't the case last season, but the change improves the likelihood that the conference will send its best team to the NCAA Tournament. Central Arkansas went 14-2 and won a regular-season title last season, but was ousted by eighth-seeded Nicholls State on the first day of the league tournament.