TU Women Top Fresno State, 66-54, For Best Start in School History
Jan. 5, 2002
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa junior Alyssa Shriver scored a team-best 17 points and senior Leela Farr pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds in leading the Golden Hurricane the best start in school history with a, 66-54, win over Fresno State in Western Athletic Conference action at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
A crowd of 1,375 saw Tulsa record its fourth straight win of the season and improve its overall record to 8-5, the best start in school history. TU upped its WAC mark to 3-0, which ties the school record for the best conference start. The Hurricane also began the 1999-2000 campaign with a 3-0 record. TU Head Coach Kathy McConnell-Miller picked up her 30th career coaching victory.
Shriver and Farr led the Hurricane effort as both players finished with a double-double. Shriver also collected 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Farr finished with 11 points. Senior Carla Morrow was the third Golden Hurricane to reach double figures as she chipped in 10 points and earned a game-best four steals. Freshman LeAnn Upshaw shook off a shaky start to finish with a career-high nine points and six rebounds.
Fresno State's Lindsay Logan paced the Bulldogs with a game-high 20 points, while Aritta Lane finished with 11 points and 11 reboounds.
Tulsa led 30-28 at intermission, but Logan began the second half with a three-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 31-30 advantage, their only lead of the second half. After a jumper from Shriver to regain the lead for TU, Lane connected on 1-of-2 free throw attempts to tie the game. TU maintained the lead and after the Bulldogs pulled to within two points, 41-39, at 14:45, the Hurricane outscored Fresno State 12-4 over the next seven minute to increase its advantage to 10 points. The Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to six points on three occasions over the next four minutes, but TU answered the call each time. Tulsa ended the game on a 7-1 spurt to put the contest out of reach.
Logan stole the show early in the first half. She hit her first four field goal attempts, three of which were three-pointers. FSU led by as many as seven points in the opening minutes, but a Morrow three-pointer at 6:17 tied the contest at 22-22. The Bulldogs recaptured the lead, but the Golden Hurricane surged ahead behind four free throws from Farr and back-to-back jumpers from sophomore Becky Heidotten and Upshaw to complete the opening period with an 8-2 run.
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