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College basketball: ORU forward Taylor Cooper denied release

The former Bethel and Shawnee standout wants to transfer, but Oral Roberts will not grant her a release. Cooper plans on appealing.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 11, 2013

Oral Roberts forward Taylor Cooper asked for a release from the university so she could transfer, but the request was denied, a source close to Cooper told The Oklahoman.

She plans to appeal the decision, the source said.

Cooper started all 31 games of her just-completed freshman season, averaging 10.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. ORU won the Southland Conference Tournament and lost 83-62 to Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament's first round.

The 6-foot forward ended her prolific high-school career with back-to-back state championships. As a junior, she led Bethel to the Class 3A title before moving to Shawnee, where she helped the Wolves claim the 2012 Class 5A championship. Cooper was on The Oklahoman's Super 5 team as a senior.

Cooper signed with Oral Roberts in November 2011, choosing the Golden Eagles over offers from bigger schools.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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