ORU Athletic Department mourns the death of a player

It’s a sad time at Oral Roberts University, as the athletic department and entire ORU community mourn the death of women’s basketball player Ashley Beatty, 20, who was found dead in her dorm room last week.

“ORU Security and Tulsa Police did investigate her death in one of the dorms Thursday evening but have found no evidence of foul play,” read a statement released by the university.

“We are absolutely heartbroken with the news; Ashley was a bright young woman who was loved by everyone on our team and in our community,” said head coach Misti Cussen. “Obviously our prayers are with the entire Beatty family during this time.”

According to one ORU official who wished to remain anonymous, two of Beatty’s teammates found her dead in her room, and her death is being investigated as a suicide. The women’s basketball team was conducting their annual youth summer basketball camp. Beatty was involved with the camp and was last seen earlier in the evening before she was found dead.

Cussen allowed her players to leave the camp and return home to be with their families and to receive counseling, the ORU official said. As soon as men’s head basketball coach Paul Mills heard the news, he and his staff offered to do whatever they could to assist the women’s basketball team, and their camp.

“This is a profound loss for our entire department,” said Mike Carter, ORU Director of Athletics. “We are deeply saddened to learn of Ashley’s passing. Our love and prayers are with her family, her teammates and her friends and our department will do everything in its power to support those who knew and loved Ashley.”

Details on a memorial service are forthcoming. Please respect the privacy of the Beatty family during this time of loss.”

The native of Anadarko, Oklahoma, had just completed her sophomore season for the Golden Eagles. In two seasons, Beatty played in 57 games, including 35 as a starter. She averaged 5.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per game.

This past season she played with her sister, Lakota, who had transferred to ORU after playing two seasons at Oklahoma State.

In high school, Beatty led the Anadarko Warriors to three straight 4A state championship games, winning the state title in 2012.


The University of Tulsa football team has a very appealing home schedule for the upcoming 2017 season, and the university recently began selling Three-Game Mini-Plan Ticket Packages.

The Golden Hurricane will play six home games against opponents that each played in a bowl game a year ago.

The Mini-Plan is just one of the ticket options fans can purchase, and it includes games against Navy (Sept. 30) on Hall of Fame and Military Appreciation Weekend, Houston (Oct. 14) on Homecoming and the Memphis Tigers (Nov. 3) on Friday Fireworks Night.

Tickets for the 3-Game Mini-Plan are priced at $40 for End Zone seats, a savings of $2 per game; $80 for Blue Zone seats, a discount of $4 per game; and the Gold seating on the East side of the stadium for $105, a savings of $5 per game.

Full Season ticket packages are still available for the entire six-game season, as prices range from $78 to $210.

Families can purchase the Mazzio’s Family Fun Zone Ticket Plan, including two adults and two children, for only $195, which amounts to just $48.75 per family member for the six-game schedule.

Tickets can be purchased online at TulsaHurricane.com, by calling 918.631.GoTU (4688), Ext. 1 or by stopping by the Reynolds Center Athletic Ticket Office, Monday through Friday, 8:30-5 p.m., on the Tulsa campus.

Tulsa finished 10-3 in 2016 and the Golden Hurricane will open the season on Thursday, August 31, at Oklahoma State. Tulsa opens the home season a week later on September 9 against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns with a 3 p.m. kickoff.