Tulsa Trio Net Double Figures in 71-64 Loss to UTEP
Jan. 9, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Tulsa had three players score in double digits, but it wasn't enough as the Golden Hurricane dropped a 71-64 decision to UTEP on Wednesday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. TU fell to 5-9 on the season and 0-1 in Conference USA, while the Miners moved to 13-1 overall and 1-0 in the league.
"I was really pleased with our effort," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "Our kids played hard and did the things we needed to do. We had some miscommunication at times on defense, and there were times when we needed stops and we didn't get them, but it wasn't because our kids weren't in position, but because UTEP went out and made tough shots. I think we were really good in transition, and I liked the way we pushed the ball. We were being aggressive and attacked."
Taleya Mayberry had a team-leading 21 points, five assists and a block in 34 minutes on the court. Tiffani Couisnard and Kadan Brady each added 14 points, while Loren McDaniel pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Jessica McQuin picked up two steals in the contest.
TU shot 37-percent from the field, 35-percent from three-point range and 81-percent (17-of-21) from the charity stripe. Tulsa scored 28 points in the paint and 13 points off the bench.
UTEP had a 44-33 advantage in rebounds, a 7-6 lead in steals and a 17-13 advantage in assists, both teams had one block, and Tulsa had an 18-20 advantage in turnovers.
With four tied scores, two lead changes and neither team leading by more than two baskets, the first 20 minutes was tightly contested as the Miners took a five-point lead (32-27) into the break. Kayla Thornton had half of UTEP's first-half points (16), while Brady netted three trey's and a free throw for a TU-best 10 points.
The Hurricane closed the deficit to three, three times, but the Miners maintained the lead throughout the second half, climbing to a game-high 12-point advantage with 5:29 on the clock.
UTEP was led by Thornton with 23 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and a block in 38 minutes of play. Anete Steinberga added 18 points, while Kelli Willingham had nine rebounds and four assists.
The Miners shot 42-percent from the field, 30-percent from behind the arc and 56-percent from the free throw line.
Tulsa will return to action on Sunday, January 13th against Rice. Game time is set for 2:00 pm at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, Texas.
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