Phoenix staff, wire reports
ORAL ROBERTS 88, HOUSTON BAPTIST 55 — A 20-0 second half run, including five consecutive triples from freshman Bobby Word, broke the game open at the Mabee Center.
It was a career night for Word, who scored more in the 2:34 stretch than any of his previous 13 games, and finished with a career-best 20 points to lead all scorers. Shawn Glover added 16 points in just 26 minutes of action, while Korey Billbury had 15 points.
ORU (7-7, 1-0 SLC) won its conference opener for the fifth year in a row, while HBU dropped to 3-10 (0-1 SLC) in its Southland Conference debut.
OKLAHOMA 68, TEXAS TECH 38 — Aaryn Ellenberg scored 17 points and Oklahoma (10-4, 1-0 Big 12) rolled in Lubbock, Texas.
The Sooners got 12 points from Nicole Griffin and 11 points from Morgan Hook and shot 62 percent from the floor, including 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. They also went 11 of 13 from the free throw line.
Texas Tech (6-6, 0-1) was led by Amber Battle with 11 points and six rebounds. The Lady Raiders shot 23 percent and was just 5 of 31 (16 percent) on 3-pointers.
Oklahoma only led by eight at the break, but went on a 9-0 run at the start of the second — including a 3-pointer and layup by Ellenberg — to take control. A 14-0 run late in the game completed the blowout.
OKLAHOMA STATE 67, TEXAS 61 — OSU (12-0, 1-0) notched their best start in school history behind Tiffany Bias’ 23 points.
Liz Donohoe had 17 and LaShawn Jones dropped in 10 points. For Texas (9-4, 0-1), Nneka Enemkpali poured in 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the losing cause.
Oklahoma State kept their strong defense going after allowing Texas to shoot just 23 of 60 from the floor and 2 for 18 from beyond the arc. OSU shot 23 of 62 from the floor.
ORAL ROBERTS 85, HOUSTON BAPTIST 73 — Dorottya Balla’s career-high 30 points helped the Golden Eagles (2-9, 1-0 Southland Conference) end a nine-game losing skid. Balla’s the first ORU player to score 30 since Jaci Bingham’s 33-point effort in 2010. Muskogee grad Alexus Wilson was scoreless in two minutes.
Houston Baptist (4-8, 0-1 SLC) was led by Shanice Steenholdt, who scored 32 points and ripped down 13 rebounds.
S. CAROLINA 55, ARKANSAS 51 — The Razorbacks (13-1, 0-1) trailed by as many as 16 before rallying to within four, but fell from the unbeaten ranks in Fayetteville. Keira Peak and Jessica Jackson had 14 points each. South Carolina is 13-1, 1-0.