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Women's basketball: Strong second half helps Oral Roberts drub Bison

ORU held NDSU to 25 points after halftime and breezed to a big Summit League upset victory on Thursday.

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TULSA, Okla. — Dismal shooting doomed North Dakota State is a 75-53 loss at Oral Roberts on Thursday in a Summit League game before 1,574 at Mabee Center.

The Bison trailed by five at halftime but ORU limited them to just 25 second half points and steadily pulled away. The Golden Eagles took a 39-28 lead with 7:19 left in the third quarter and never let the lead slip below double digits the rest of the way.

The Bison shot 22 percent from the floor in the second half, including 17 percent (4 of 23) in the third quarter. The shot 28 percent overall and hit just 2 of 20 3-pointers. NDSU also commited 23 turnovers that led to the Golden Eagles' 32-13 advantage in points off turnovers.

Tirzah Moore led ORU with 30 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. Hannah Cooper scored 16 points.

NDSU's Elle Evans scored 14 points, Taylor Brown scored 13 and Abby Graham scored 11. No other Bison player scored more than four points.

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The Golden Eagles improved to 4-4 in the Summit League and 7-12 overall. The Bison had won six of seven before Thursday's game but fell to 6-2 in the league and 12-6 overall.

NDSU plays next at Kansas City at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

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