Tulsa Picks Up Conference USA Win With 68-57 Victory Over Southern Miss
Jan. 5, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Loren McDaniel posted a double-double and three others scored in double figures to lead Tulsa to a 68-57 win over Southern Miss on Thursday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. This was the Golden Hurricane's first win in a league opener since the 2007-08 season and first C-USA win at home since defeating Southern Miss on February 25, 2010. TU moved to 6-6 on the season and 1-0 in Conference USA, while USM fell to 6-8 overall and 0-1 in the league.
McDaniel had 10 points and a team-high 12 rebounds for her fourth career double-double, while Taleya Mayberry scored a team-best 16 points and had six assists. Taylor Hooker added 13 points, five steals and five assists, while Chanice Scott had 11 points.
"Loren's work ethic has improved so much," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "She is so athletic and so long, and when she decides to get out there and work, she can be a really good defender. She gives us so much defensive presence right now and she needs to continue to do that."
TU shot 50-percent on the night, but struggled from behind the arc, going 1-for-7 for 14-percent. The Hurricane finished with 18 fast-break points, 21 points off turnovers and 36 points in the paint. Tulsa had a 41-28 advantage in rebounds, a narrow 11-10 lead in steals, and a 4-2 advantage in blocks.
Tulsa took a 41-21 advantage into the break, as the Hurricane shot 64-percent from the field, recorded eight steals, and scored 16 fast-break points and 18 points off turnovers in the first frame.
The Lady Eagles chipped away at the 20-point lead Tulsa had at the break, pulling to within seven points with just 7:46 left in the contest, but TU continued to battle and earned the 11-point victory.
Southern Miss was led by Nitesha Pierce with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Tanecka Carey had 13 points and Jamierra Faulkner added 12 points, nine assists and four steals.
Tulsa will return to action on Sunday, January 8th at Marshall. Game time is set for 1:00 pm in Huntington, W.Va.
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