Tulsa Women's Hoops Team Picks Up First WAC Victory With 66-62 Win over UTEP
Jan. 8, 2004
El Paso, Texas - Junior Sarah Lundberg scored a game-high 17 points and gave the Golden Hurricane the lead for good with a lay-up with 42-seconds remaining in the game and Tulsa held on for a 66-62 Western Athletic Conference victory over UTEP at the Don Haskins Center.
Tulsa (8-5, 1-2 WAC), which picked up its first conference win of the season, led by 14 points at the start of the second half, but UTEP (5-6, 0-2 WAC) slowly chipped away at the lead using pressure defense, a full-court press and the hot shooting from Jonna Launiainen, who came off the bench and hit four three-pointers to get the Miners back in the game.
UTEP pulled to within three points on several occasions, and finally tied the game at 55-55 on a trey by Angie McGee with 6:14 remaining. Tulsa responded with a Lundberg jumper to recapture the lead, followed by a free throw from senior Candice Brewer, to take a three-point advantage. However, a pair of jumpers by Noni Wharemate and McGee gave UTEP a 59-58 lead with 4:12 remaining in the game.
After three straight free throws from freshman Jillian Robbins, McGee nailed another trey to give the Miners the lead with 0:57 showing on the game clock. Lundberg then came through with a clutch lay-up and then hit 1-of-2 free throws to give the Golden Hurricane a two-point advantage. Lundberg's second free throw fell short and sophomore Emily Jaskowiak tipped the miss to sophomore Kara Pongonis, who was immediately fouled. Pongonis drained both free throw attempts and UTEP missed a three-point at the buzzer.
Along with Lundberg, a total of three Golden Hurricane reached double figures with Brewer and Robbins posting double-doubles. Brewer finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Robbins added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Tulsa out rebounded the Miners, 43-31, and out shot UTEP, 44.7 percent to 35.7 percent.
Tulsa jumped out early on UTEP and led the entire first half despite four ties. The Golden Hurricane shot 44.8 percent in the first period, compared to just 29.4 percent for UTEP. TU led by six points, 29-23, with 4:47 remaining in the first half and broke open the game with an 8-0 run to end the first period and led, 37-23, at intermission.
Launiainen and McGee led four Miners into double figures with 14 points. Vaida Zagurskyte and Wharemate finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
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