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Tulsa Golden Hurricane Sports Weekly Review

Nov. 15, 2010

Student-Athlete of the Week
Week of Nov. 9 - Nov. 15
Senior defender Chris Taylor (Men's Soccer) has maintained a 3.83 grade-point average in management with a specialty in family-owned business. The Edmond, Okla., native played a vital part on the backline in leading Tulsa to the Conference USA Tournament championship game this past weekend. He led the Golden Hurricane defense to a 5-0 shutout win over Kentucky in the opening round, and he recorded his fourth assist of the season in TU's 2-1 victory over No. 24 UCF. Tulsa recorded a .627 goals-against average in the three games during the league tournament.

Last Week's Results
Lost to Appalachian State 89-86
(Junior guard Scottie Haralson debuted as a member of the Golden Hurricane with 26 points on 5-of-17 shooting. He knocked down five trey's and also added five rebounds in 34 minutes. Junior forward Steven Idlet dropped 20 points in 22 minutes, and he also grabbed five rebounds and four steals before fouling out. Tulsa had multiple opportunities to come from behind for the victory, but after getting within one at 61-60 with 6:33 to play, the Mountaineers were able to push ahead for the victory in the season opener for both squads. A porous night at the free-throw line (56 percent) cost Tulsa dearly. Senior guard Justin Hurtt scored 15.)

Lost to Emporia State 68-64
(Sophomore guard Taleya Mayberry led all scorers with 25 points, but her efforts weren't enough as TU narrowly fell to the defending Division II national champions. Mayberry finished 10 of 21, and she also added eight rebounds and four steals. Freshman forward Amanda Mason contributed 13 points and three steals in her debut, and junior forward Chanice Scott added seven points and nine boards. Tulsa shot 32 percent from the field and hit just 53 percent of the team's free-throw attempts. The two teams tied in rebounding, 44-44, and Tulsa forced 27 ESU turnovers, while committing just 15.)

CROSS COUNTRY - Women Nationally Ranked #24, Men Nationally Ranked #27
Competed at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships
(The women's team finished fourth at regionals, which was the highest finish in school history. The race was good enough to earn Tulsa an at-large bid into the 31-team NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships Nov. 22. This will be the first time in school history the TU women have taken its team to nationals. Junior Paula Whiting finished third at regionals, which tied the school record for best individual finish. Her and Katie Wright were named to the All-Region teams. Junior Justin Duncan was also named All-Region after finishing 20th on the men's side. He led the TU men to a sixth-place finish, which was third-best in school history.)

FOOTBALL (7-3, 4-2 C-USA) - Receiving votes in AP Top 25
Won at Houston 28-25
(True freshman safety Marco Nelson tied the school and C-USA record with three interceptions, and junior quarterback G.J. Kinne rushed for a career-high 190 yards and combined for three touchdowns as Tulsa scored a crucial league victory over the Houston Cougars. Kinne completed 20 of 31 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns, and he also scored once on the ground. The Hurricane defense recorded a season-high five takeaways, all on INT's. Nelson picked off Houston three times, and was named the Walter Camp Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts, and junior linebacker Curnelius Arnick recorded his first two career interceptions. Senior tight end Clay Sears and junior wide receiver Jameel Owens each caught touchdown passes, and sophomore running back Alex Singleton began the game with a rushing TD.)

MEN'S SOCCER (11-6-2, 3-3-2 C-USA) Nationally ranked #25
Defeated Kentucky 5-0 (C-USA Quarterfinals)
(Five different members of the Golden Hurricane netted markers in a blowout of Kentucky in the opening round of the Conference USA Tournament. Tulsa squeaked into the six-team field as the sixth and final seed, but opened with a convincing victory over the third-seeded Wildcats. Senior forward Ashley McInnes scored the game-winner in the 15th minute, and second-half insurance goals were added by junior midfielder Corey Albertson (56th minute), freshman midfielder Omar Mata (77th minute), junior defender Blaine Gonsalves (79th minute), and freshman forward Jon Wright (first-career goal in 87th minute). Freshman goalkeeper Ray Clark posted his third shutout of the season in stopping all eight Wildcat shots. Tulsa was outshot 17-13 in the contest, but the Golden Hurricane was able to put more shots on frame (9-8). UK also led in corner kicks, 7-3. Sophomore defender Matt Boullt, junior forward Austin Neil, Albertson (2) and junior forward Adrian Klammer all recorded assists.)

Defeated No. 24 UCF 2-1 (C-USA Semifinals) (Tulsa picked the ideal time to post its first victory over a ranked opponent this season, with a 2-1 victory over No. 24 UCF in the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament. McInnes put the Golden Hurricane on top in the fifth minute, but the second-seeded Knights were able to equalize in the 32nd minute. Senior midfielder Hunter Christiansen would not be denied a shot at a fourth-consecutive conference championship, as he pumped in the unassisted game-winning goal in the 61st minute. Clark scored another victory with his four-save performance, and Tulsa was again outshot (19-15) overall but led in shots on frame (9-5). UCF also led in corner kicks, 8-6. Senior defender Chris Taylor picked up an assist on the McInnes marker.)

Lost to South Carolina 1-0 2ot (C-USA Championship) (A handball inside the 18-yard box in double overtime cost Tulsa a shot at a fourth-straight conference championship as TU fell 1-0 to fourth-seeded South Carolina in double overtime in the title match. Ray Clark was phenomenal in goal, recording seven beautiful saves and stifling multiple breakaway chances from USC. Tulsa had plenty of chances to put away a game-winner despite being outshot 19-12, but could never find the back of the net. McInnes, Christiansen and Neil recorded three shots each to lead the Hurricane.)

VOLLEYBALL (27-2, 17-0 C-USA) Nationally ranked #25
Won at UCF 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-19)
(The Golden Hurricane broke the C-USA record for consecutive league wins with a 3-0 victory over UCF. TU won three of the last four points in the opening set to push ahead 1-0, and the road squad was able to cruise to the straight-set record-setting victory. Sophomore outside hitter Tyler Henderson continued to thrill with her match-high 14 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Diana Silva contributed 11 digs and 10 kills for yet another double-double, and sophomore setter Jordan Clampitt passed around 33 assists. Sophomore libero Jessica Adams led the way with 15 digs and freshman outside hitter Kellie Culbertson recorded 10 digs.)

Won at UTEP 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-12) (Tyler Henderson once again led the way for Tulsa with her match-high 17 kills on the strength of a .636 hitting percentage. Silva also recorded double-digit kills with 10, and Clampitt reached the 40-assist plateau. She posted a double-double with 10 digs, and Adams led the match with 19 digs as Tulsa cruised to yet another victory.)

Upcoming Schedule
Nov. 16 (Tue.) M. Basketball Oral Roberts (ESPN's 24 Hours of Basketball) 11 am
W. Basketball at Oral Roberts 7 pm

Nov. 18 (Thurs.) M. Soccer Bradley (NCAA Tournament First Round) 7 or 7:30 pm

Nov. 19 (Fri.) Volleyball Rice* 2 pm
M. Basketball Missouri State 7 pm

Nov. 20 (Sat.) Football UTEP* 1 pm

Nov. 21 (Sun.) Volleyball Houston* 1 pm
M. Soccer at Indiana if TU wins Thurs. (NCAA Tournament Second Round)

Nov. 22 (Mon.) Cross Country at NCAA Championships 11:08 am

* = Conference USA event

Tulsa Student-Athlete of the Week Winners
August 30 - Katie Bykowski (Women's Soccer)
September 7 - Paula Whiting (Cross Country)
September 13 - Ashley McInnes (Men's Soccer)
September 20 - Diana Silva (Volleyball)
September 27 - G.J. Kinne (Football)
October 4 - Jessica Adams (Volleyball)
October 11 - Carla Horne (Rowing)
October 18 - Tyler Holmes (Football)
October 25 - Diana Silva (Volleyball)
November 1 - Justin Duncan and Paula Whiting (Cross Country)
November 8 - Heather Brooks (Rowing)
November 15 - Chris Taylor (Men's Soccer)