Tulsa Women Post 58-53 WAC Win Over Nevada Behind Curtin's 17 Points
Jan. 2, 2003
Reno, Nevada - Tulsa senior Allison Curtin scored 14 of her game-high 17 points in the second-half points and also added a game-best 11 rebounds to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 58-53 victory over Nevada in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams at the Lawlor Events Center.
After being held to just three points in the first half by Nevada, Curtin exploded for 14 points and also dished out nine assists to go with the 11 boards, barely missing a triple-double. Senior Alyssa Shriver finished with 13 points, while sophomore LeAnn Upshaw came off the bench to tally 11 points and six rebounds. TU out rebounded Nevada, 38-30, and out shot the Wolf Pack, .415 percent to .386 percent.
Seniors Kate Smith and Laura Ingham led Nevada with 14 and 13 points, respectively, while April Bankston chipped in 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Tulsa (6-6, 1-0 WAC) trailed for much of the second half, but managed to tie the game for the fifth time on a jumper by junior Candice Brewer. Curtin gave the Hurricane its first lead, 42-40, off the second half on a jumper with 7:59 to go in the game. Nevada (7-4, 0-1 WAC) then cut the deficit to a single point on a three-pointer by Ashley Bastian with 4:22 remaining in the contest.
Out of a timeout, Tulsa broke the Wolf Pack's back with a pair of long three-pointers courtesy of Curtin and freshman Megan Moody and gave TU a seven-point lead with 2:33 on the game clock. Nevada only managed to pull to within four points in the final minutes and Tulsa escaped with its first league victory of the season.
Tulsa was its own worst enemy in the first half. The Hurricane shot 48-percent from the field and out rebounded the Wolf Pack, 18-13, but TU committed 17 first-half turnovers. However, Nevada was unable to take advantage of the Tulsa miscues and trailed the Golden Hurricane, 24-23, at intermission. The Wolf Pack shot just 33-percent in the opening half and was never able to get anything going offensively. Tulsa committed just one turnover in the second half.
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