SHAWNEE — Taylor Cooper is sticking with Oral Roberts after all.
Cooper, who signed with the Golden Eagles in November, was beginning to rethink her commitment to the school after women's basketball coach Jerry Finkbeiner left to take the Utah State job last week.
The Shawnee senior, who helped lead the Wolves to an unbeaten season and the Class 5A state championship in March, picked the Golden Eagles over offers from bigger schools.
Oral Roberts won 20 games for the third straight season in 2011-12, and with players such as former Adair star Kevi Luper returning — and Jenni Bryan transferring in from Oklahoma State — the future looked bright for the program.
But if Cooper would have decided to ask for a release from her letter of intent, it could have been a big blow to ORU.
That's why ORU assistant Misti Cussen drove to Shawnee on Wednesday to persuade Cooper to hang with the Golden Eagles. Cooper and Cussen have developed a close relationship throughout the recruiting process.
Cussen spent three hours in the Cooper home, essentially re-recruiting her, but the 5-foot-11 Cooper made clear what it would take for her to stick around.