Feb. 20, 2003
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
After going scoreless in the first half, Tulsa senior All-America candidate Allison Curtin scored a game-high 18 points and led the Golden Hurricane to a come-from-behind victory over SMU in front of 1,343 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
After going 0-8 in the opening period, Curtin connected on 4-of-9 field goal attempts and was 8-of-8 from the free-throw line in the second half. She nailed her first basket of the game with the first of two three-pointers on the night at the 17:12 mark and pulled the Hurricane to within six points of the Mustangs. Curtin's last trey proved to be the crushing blow for SMU. Tulsa led by three points with 1:18 to go and was looking to build on its lead when Curtin took a pass from junior Candice Brewer of the left baseline, squared up and drained her second three-pointer of the game to give TU a commanding lead. She added two late free throws to help seal the victory.
Tulsa (13-11, 8-5 WAC) snapped a three-game skid with the win and improved its home mark to 8-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 in Western Athletic Conference play. The TU victory, coupled with an 80-63 loss by Rice to No. 7 Louisiana Tech, gave the Golden Hurricane sole possession of second place with five games remaining in the regular season. SMU (12-12, 6-8 WAC) suffered its fourth straight loss and has now dropped six out of its last seven contests.
SMU opened the game with a 7-4 run but both teams shot poorly in the first half. The teams traded the lead three times in the opening period before the Mustangs took a one-point advantage on a Kaci Alexander lay-up at the 2:34 minute mark. Kenny Patton broke loose on the perimeter and gave the Mustangs a four-point, 26-22, lead with :37 seconds remaining before halftime. Alexander led the way in the first period with nine points, while Patton added eight points. Tulsa senior center Alyssa Shriver kept the Hurricane in the game in the opening period with nine points and four rebounds.
The Mustangs led for the first 8:48 of the second half before junior Kayla Elliott tied the game with a free throw at the 11:12 mark. After two ties, Curtin gave the Hurricane the lead for good with a lay-up with 8:36 left in the game.
Along with the 18 points, Curtin also grabbed five rebounds, dished out six assists and collected seven steals. Shriver was a force inside the paint all night as she finished with 16 points and a game-best 10 rebounds for the double-double. She also blocked three shots and broke the school's single-season record for blocked shots with 79 this season. She set the previous record last season with 77.
Patton was the high scorer for SMU with 12 points, while Alexander finished with 11 points. Both players grabbed a team-best six rebounds.