CHICKASHA – In addition to its fair share on NAIA competitions, the USAO women’s basketball team will face a high-profile program — NCAA Division I Oral Roberts University.
The game will be an exhibition for the Drovers and will be their third contest of the season. Tip off is scheduled for noon Nov. 8 at ORU’s Mabee Center in Tulsa.
“This is a very exciting game for us to play,” said Jennifer Hayden, USAO head coach. “Not only do we get to play at the Mabee Center for ORU’s season opener, but this is also an unique game in that there will be more than 9,000 elementary students in attendance. Every elementary school in the Tulsa area is scheduled to participate.”
Hayden said it is important for her players to experience such a big game, even though it doesn’t actually count toward the USAO’s record.
“This is a great opportunity for us to play in front of a packed house, as well as a chance to interact with and make contact with young children who really look up to college athletes as role models,” Hayden said.
The last time the Drovers faced the Golden Eagles was before any of the current players were born — Dec. 15, 1986. In that game, USAO fell 82-70 at the Mabee Center. The series is tied 1-1.
Last season, the Golden Eagles finished tied for first in the Southland Conference with an overall record of 18-13. They are returning just three letter winners from a 2012-13 team that made it into the NCAA Tournament.
The Drovers are returning four letter winners this season. They ended last season with a record of 10-19 and are picked to finish eighth in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
The Drovers open the season at the Southwestern Christian Classic on Nov. 1-2 before they face ORU.
Fans will get the opportunity to see the team during USAO’s annual basketball pep rally, Drover Madness, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the USAO Fieldhouse.