Oral Roberts fields a tall team with an international flavor. The Golden Eagles are 4-1 at home for the year, having beaten Oklahoma State University Saturday. It was ORU's third straight defeat of OSU. Three of the Lady Eagles hail from Australia, one from Brazil, and one, 5'10'' senior Maureen Obudho, from Kenya.
Senior Claudia Louis plays the enforcer's role for ORU; at 5'11'', the senior provides a tough force underneath. Joining her are 6'1'' junior post Claudia Pereira, a native of Rio de Janeiro who played junior college ball at Northeast Oklahoma A&M; she is a longtime teammate of A&M transfer Tiffany Johnson, a 5'7'' guard whose role is often to relieve Leah Cannon at the point.
Cannon, a native of Adelaide, Australia, is averaging 11 points and 8.3 assists per game. She and sophomore Elisha Turek have taken turns leading the team in scoring this year. Turek average 15 points per outing and 9.3 rebounds a game. Her season high is 30 points; she has scored 15 double-doubles as a collegian.
Bringing more Australian style to Oral Roberts' squad sophomores 6'0'' post Sarah Davidson, from New South Wales, and 5'9'' Katie Langford, from Arthurford, South Australia. Davidson is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on both knees in March.
Freshman Jeri Gilmore is a 5'11'' Oklahoma native described as a "shooting point guard." Guard Julia West, 5'6'', is from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Jessica Bean is a 5'11'' junior forward. Post players Katie Fichtner, a 6'0'' freshman, and sophomore Jamie Fithian, a 6'5'' center, add strength to ORU's backcourt where they join Alycia Seay, a 6'2'' sophomore who was red shirted in the 2002-03 season.
Last but not least, former University of Kansas player Ebony Halliburton, a 5'11'' junior, comes back to the United Spirit Arena in an ORU uniform Thursday night. Halliburton played 10 games for Kansas in 2002-03.
Oral Roberts' sole loss this year was to Tulsa, 68-64. They have defeated Texas Pan Am, Evangel, and Texas State in addition to OSU. Nina Stone paced OSU in the overtime loss, in which Turek played 45 minutes and scored 27 points.