Tulsa Women Has Record-Setting Night Against Nevada; Dispatches Wolf Pack, 79-49
Jan. 3, 2002
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa senior Carla Morrow led four Golden Hurricane into double figures with a game-high 19 points as TU overpowered Nevada, 79-49, in Western Athletic Conference action at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
In perhaps the best first half in school history, Tulsa (7-5, 2-0 WAC) stormed out to a commanding 14-4 lead and never looked back. By the time the dust settled, TU led Nevada (4-8, 1-2 WAC) by 31-points, 45-14, at intermission and completed the first period shooting 60.6 percent from the field, 80.0 percent from behind the three-point line and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line. Morrow sparked the TU offensive with 12 points and four steals in the opening period.
Tulsa used several runs in the first half to put the game away early. Leading 14-6, the Hurricane ran off a 17-4 spurt and led 31-10 with 5:55 remaining in the first half. After back-to-back baskets by Nevada, TU answered with a 14-0 run to end the half.
Although Nevada outscored Tulsa, 35-34, in the second half, things didn't get much better for the Wolf Pack. The Hurricane continued to shoot well from the field, outscoring Nevada 22-14 in the paint and extending its lead to as much as 38 points with 7:19 to go in the game. TU's reserves saw extensive action in the final period and outscored Nevada's bench, 24-19, for the game.
Behind Morrow, junior Alyssa Shriver finished with 15 points, hitting 7-of-8 field goal attempts, while sophomore Candice Brewer added 11 points and a game-high five assists. Senior Leela Farr chipped in 10 points. The Hurricane outrebounded the Wolf Pack, 36-30 and forced them into 23 turnovers. TU also held Nevada to 32.7 percent from the field (16-49), including just 1-of-7 from behind the three-point line for 14.3 percent. Kate Smith led the Wolf Pack with 17 points, most of which came against TU reserves in the second half, and she collected a game-high nine rebounds in the losing cause.
Tulsa's dominating play broke the school's single-game record for made field goals (34) and several of TU's WAC single-game records fell, including blocked shots (5) and field goals made. TU's 79 points and 65 field goal attempts ranks fifth, while its 52.3 percent field goal percentage and 20 assists were the third-best effort against a conference rival.
With the win, Tulsa is off to the second-best WAC start in school history and has won a season-best three-straight games. The Hurricane will close out a three-game homestand against Fresno State this Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
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