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Curtin's Late Free Throws Seal Tulsa Women's Victory Over Fresno State, 58-57

TU senior Allison Curtin sank two free throws with 10-seconds left in the game to send TU past Fresno State, 58-57, on Saturday.
TU senior Allison Curtin sank two free throws with 10-seconds left in the game to send TU past Fresno State, 58-57, on Saturday.
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Jan. 4, 2003

Box Score

Fresno, Calif. - Tulsa senior All-America candidate Allison Curtin sank two free throws with 10-seconds left in the game to give TU a one-point lead and the Golden Hurricane hung on for a 58-57 Western Athletic Conference victory in front of 2,119 fans at Selland Arena.

Tulsa (7-6, 2-0 WAC) trailed Fresno State (7-5, 1-1 WAC) by a single point after Aritta Lane connected on one of two free throw attempts with 28-seconds left in the game. After a TU timeout, Curtin was fouled by Omelogo Udeze as she cut through the lane. With 10 seconds showing on the game clock and the Golden Hurricane trailing by one point, Curtin stepped up to the free-throw line and calmly drained both attempts to cap an 11-3 Tulsa run.

After the Curtin free throws, the Bulldogs in-bounded the ball and raced up the court for a potential game-winning shot. But Lindsay Logan's attempt hit the backboard and bounced off the front of the rim and into TU junior Candice Brewer's hands and Tulsa escaped with its second straight WAC win and third straight victory.

Curtin, who scored just four points in the first half, added 18 points in the second half and finished with a game-high 22 points and four steals. Sophomore Alison Carney came off the bench and posted the best game of her young career with career-highs of 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots for her first career double-double.

Fresno State had four players reach double figures, including a team-best 16 points from Udeze and 13 from Logan. Java Johnson chipped in 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while Laura Garcia added 11 points.

The first half was overshadowed by poor shooting by both teams as TU shot 27.6 percent, while Fresno State shot a dismal 22.6 percent. After a Carney jumper gave the Hurricane an 8-7 lead at 14:22 in the first half, the two teams combined for a seven-minute scoring drought. After Johnson's basket at 7:12 broke a 7:10 shooting slump, the Bulldogs built a four-point lead at intermission behind Logan's seven points.