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January 19, 2012By VYPE Oklahoma of VYPE Oklahoma
ORU to retire Ragan jersey: Oral Roberts will retire the No. 11 jersey of Krista Ragan in a ceremony Jan. 28 during the Golden Eagles’ game with UMKC at 2 p.m. at Mabee Center, the university announced Wednesday. Ragan, who played for ORU from 1996-02,is the all-time leading scorer in conference history, and her 2,152 points place her second on the ORU career scoring charts.
“Krista was a fantastic student-athlete and is very deserving of this honor,” head coach Jerry Finkbeiner said in a press release. “We have accomplished a lot in the past decade, and Krista laid the groundwork for that success.”
A two-time Mid-Con Player of the Year and two-time Mid-Con Tournament MVP, Ragan was a four-time Mid-Con All-Conference selection and was a 2001-02 Kodak All-American.
Steady as she goes: TU junior guard Taleya Mayberry has scored in double figures in 45 of 68 career games for the Golden Hurricane. Currently, Mayberry has 76 points to become the eighth player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.
Donohoe picks up another honor: OSU freshman Liz Donohoe earned her fourth Big 12 Freshman of the Week honor and her second in as many weeks. In two games last week, the 6-foot forward averaged 16.5 points and 6.5 rebounds.
McFarland out: Oklahoma junior forward Joanna McFarland suffered a broken jaw in the Sooners’ 66-63 loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday. She was the team’s leading scorer in the loss with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. There is no timetable for her return.
Vote now: The game-winning, full-court shot by ORU junior Damen Bell-Holter over Arkansas-Little Rock is one of four nominated for Geico Play of the Year, Intersport announced on Tuesday. To vote, go to www.VypeUniversity.com/orugoldeneagles.
Hot hand: Tulsa sophomore guard Jordan Clarkson has scored in double digits in his last 15 games. During that span, he is averaging 16.7 points.
Misleading stat: For the second time in as many games, the Oklahoma Sooners were out-rebounded by an opponent. Still, the Sooners picked up their second consecutive Big 12 victory Tuesday, downing Texas Tech 64-55 in Norman. Texas Tech had a 37-32 advantage over the Sooners in rebounding.
Asked if it was a cause for concern, first-year Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said, “It is. We have got to do a better job. We have to be more physical. We have got to get a body on people, especially on defensive boards.
“In this league, you try to hold your own in as many areas as you can, win some battles in others. Rebounding is an area where we have to at least hold our own and we haven’t done that in the last couple ball games, especially. So we have got to keep working on that.”
What a difference: In the five games previous to Oklahoma State’s 106-65 loss at Baylor, the Cowboys had held opponents to 28.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The Cowboys ran into a scorching-hot Bears perimeter that was 15-of-29 from 3-point range.