Curtin, Shriver Leads Tulsa Women Past Rice in Overtime, 59-58
Jan. 11, 2003
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa senior All-America candidate Allison Curtin's put-back with 53-seconds remaining in overtime gave TU a one-point advantage and the Golden Hurricane outlasted Rice, 59-58, in front of 1,865 fans in the Western Athletic Conference home opener for Tulsa at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
In the overtime period, Rice's Aarika Florus gave the Owls a 58-57 lead over TU with 1:04 left in the game. On the ensuing possession, sophomore guard LeAnn Upshaw diced her way into the lane but missed a lay-up. However, Curtin snared the missed attempt and stuck it back in from the right side of the basket with 53-seconds remaining in the game. With Tulsa (8-6, 3-0 WAC) clinging to a one-point advantage, Rice (4-8, 1-2 WAC) missed a jumper and two lay-ups in the final 29-seconds and the Golden Hurricane escaped with a 59-58 win and extended its overall win streak to four games and now has won three straight conference games to open the 2002-03 WAC campaign.
For the 14th straight game this season, Curtin led the Golden Hurricane effort by scoring 16 of her game-high 20 points in the second half and added four more points in overtime. She grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds, the third highest single-game mark in school history, and tied Rice's Johnetta Hayes for game-high honors. Curtin also added five assists, four steals and two blocks in the winning effort. The double-double was the 13th of her career.
Also reaching double figures for the Golden Hurricane was senior Alyssa Shriver, who contributed 10 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots, the second-most in school history. Tulsa narrowly out shot the Owls 29-percent to 28.9 percent and also won the battle on the boards with a school-record 60 rebounds to Rice's 55.
The Owls led for a majority of the second half, including three 10-point leads early in the second half. After cutting the lead to two points with 10:45 in the second half, Rice scored back-to-back lay-ups to extend the lead to seven. The Hurricane began its move at the 7:17 mark when a Curtin free throw sparked an 8-0 run and she capped it off with a three-pointer to give Tulsa a 46-45 advantage.
Rice remained poised and retook the lead on jumpers from Kara Liggett and Lindsey Maynard. Maynard's basket gave the Owls a one-point lead with 38-seconds showing on the clock. However, Curtin was fouled by Kim Lawson with 12-seconds to go in the game and Curtin connected on 1-of-2 foul shots to tie the game. Liggett's shot on the final possession of the second half was blocked by Curtin.
Rice and Tulsa traded baskets to open the game and with the contest knotted at 7-7, the Owls reeled off an 11-1 run to take control of the game and lead 27-22 at intermission.
Hayes was one of three Rice players to reach double figures as she notched a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Liggett came off the bench and finished with 14 points, while Elisa Inman chipped in 11 points.
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