Tulsa's Comeback Bid Falls Short to SMU in Overtime, 72-64
Jan. 5, 2004
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Tulsa women's basketball team rallied from 14 points down in the second half to tie the game and force overtime but TU's comeback bid fell short as SMU outscored TU 14-6 in the extra session to escape the Donald W. Reynolds Center with a 72-64 Western Athletic Conference victory.
SMU senior Andrea Cossey came off the bench to lead all scorers with 28 points, while sophomore Kendall Shead collected a game-high 19 rebounds for the Mustangs. Cossey nailed 9-of-16 field goal attempts, including 6-of-10 from beyond the arc.
After trailing 43-29 early in the second half, TU managed to slowly cut into SMU's lead and took a one-point, 56-55, lead on a lay-up from sophomore Emily Jaskowiak with 2:54 remaining in the game. However, as she did all night for SMU, Cossey answered right back with a three-pointer to give the Ponies a 58-56 lead. Tulsa tied the game on a jumper from Megan Moody with 1:20 remaining. Although, neither team was able to score, senior TU senior Candice Brewer missed a running jumper at the buzzer from just inside the left side of the lane.
In overtime, SMU needed just two field goals to put away the Golden Hurricane. The one-two punch of Cossey and Shead each drained consecutive three-pointers in a span of 33-seconds to give the Mustangs the lead for good. TU managed to hit just 1-of-12 field goal attempts in overtime, while SMU connected on all eight free throw attempts to pull away.
Junior Sarah Lundberg and freshman Jillian Robbins each tallied a double-double and led the team in scoring with 15 points apiece. Robbins also grabbed 11 rebounds, while Lundberg collected 10 boards. Brewer was the third Hurricane to finish in double figures with 12 points and also contributed eight assists.
Along with Cossey, Kim Walter and Kiara White each posted double figures games with 10 points each. SMU out rebounded TU, 54-41 and out shot the Hurricane, 41.4 percent to 31.2 percent.
Two days removed from battling eighth-ranked Louisiana Tech to the wire, Tulsa came out sluggish on both ends of the floor and trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half. TU took its only lead of the first period on a jumper by Robbins that gave the Hurricane a 14-13 advantage. But SMU answered with a 17-3 run that put them ahead, 30-17, with 4:14 remaining. TU scraped back to pull to with eight points, 35-27, at intermission.
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