Oral Roberts University fell out of first place in the Southland Conference on Saturday afternoon with a 54-47 loss to Sam Houston State. ORU (7-9, 4-2 SLC) shot just 33.3% from the field in the loss.
Jaci Bigham led the Golden Eagles with 25 points on 10-for-22 shooting, but the rest of the ORU team was just 9-for-35 from the floor. Kevi Luper chipped in 10 points in the loss.
As a team, ORU was just 1-for-15 from three-point range and 8-for-13 from the free throw line.
Britini Martin led the Bearkats (9-9, 5-1 SLC) with 19 points, while Sequeena Thomas added 18 points and 20 rebounds.
SHSU outrebounded the Golden Eagles, 54-36, including 23 offensive rebounds.
ORU returns home to start a season-long four-game home stand on Thursday, Jan. 24, when they host Lamar.