NATCHITOCHES, La. -
Oral Roberts University ended the regular season on a low note as they fell to Northwestern State, 71-49, on Saturday at Prather Coliseum. Despite the loss, ORU (9-19, 8-10 Southland Conference) is headed to next week's Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 8 seed.
The loss drops ORU to 0-15 on the road this season. The winless road campaign is the first for the Golden Eagle program since 1995-96.
Christian Key led the Golden Eagles with 12 points in her final regular season game, while Bernadett Balla added 10. ORU shot 41.2% and made 20 turnovers.
Northwestern State (18-12, 11-7 Southland Conference was paced by 18 points from Keisha Lee. The Lady Demons shot a blistering 47.2% from the floor and made seven three-pointers.
ORU got off to a great start behind Balla. The junior scored three baskets as part of an 8-2 run that gave the Golden Eagles a 17-12 lead eight minutes into the game.
But the Golden Eagles did not score for the next five minutes, and the lead slipped away. A Janelle Perez three-pointer capped Northwestern's 10-0 run and gave the home side a 22-17 lead with 7:18 left in the half.
Key picked up her third foul with 3:08 left in the half, but ORU managed to stay close. The Lady Demons took a 33-27 lead into the locker room.
The Golden Eagles shot 44.4% in the opening half, but they turned the ball over 11 times. Balla led the way with eight points.
Needing a good start to the second half, ORU instead went in the opposite direction. The Lady Demons opened the half on a 12-2 run, taking a 45-29 lead on Kourtney Pennywell's basket with 15:06 remaining.
The Demon lead hit 20 points with 11:36 remaining, as Emily Spector canned a jumper to make it 57-37. Though ORU fought hard for the remainder of the game, the deficit was never again in single digits.
ORU will open the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament on Thursday, March 13 at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. Tipoff is at 11 am against an opponent that will be determined later on Saturday night. To purchase an all-session pass to the Tournament, call (918) 495-6616.