TU Women's Hoops Rallies Past Boise State, 69-58, For Sixth Straight Win
Jan. 12, 2002
Boise, Idaho - Tulsa junior Alyssa Shriver scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down a game-best eight rebounds to rally the Golden Hurricane past Boise State, 69-58, in Western Athletic Conference play at the Boise State Pavilion in Boise, Idaho.
The Hurricane erased a 10-point second half deficit, scoring 30 points during the final 11 minutes of play, to capture its sixth straight win. Tulsa picked up its 10th win of the season and is now 10-5 overall and a perfect 5-0 in conference play. Boise State slipped to 4-12 overall and 0-6 in league games.
TU trailed by two points, 26-24, at intermission, but the Broncos opened the second half with a 16-11 spurt to take a 45-35 lead. The two teams traded baskets and after a timeout, Tulsa began its comeback. With the Broncos leading 47-37, sophomore Becky Heidotten came off the bench and spurred a 13-3 run that gave the Hurricane the lead for good. With senior Leela Farr on the bench with four fouls, Heidotten scored five of the Hurricane's 13 points during its run and pulled down three crucial offensive boards.
After TU scraped back to within a point with 7:03 remaining in the game, freshman LeAnn Upshaw jumper gave the Hurricane a 53-52 advantage. Tulsa turned up the defensive pressure and forced Boise State into several turnovers, which led to easy baskets for the Hurricane. BSU's Abby Vaughan's three-pointer at 4:42 pulled the Broncos to within a point, but Shriver sandwiched a pair of jumpers around a layup by sophomore Candice Brewer to give Tulsa a seven-point advantage and Boise State never threatened again. The Hurricane finished the second half shooting 57-percent from the field compared to 40.0 percent for the Broncos. TU also outrebounded BSU, 39-33.
Tulsa led for a majority of the first half, but poor shooting and a spirited Boise State group stormed back in the final minutes to take the lead for the first time and take a two-point advantage at halftime.
Tulsa had a total of three players reach double figures, including Shriver. Senior Carla Morrow finished with 13 points and four assists, while Brewer scored all 12 of her points in the final period. Shriver finished with three blocked shots and tied the school's career mark for blocked shots with 45. Morrow, TU's third all-time leading scorer, played in her 100th consecutive game.
Boise State's Crista Peterson tallied a team-best 17 points and eight rebounds, while Andrea Swindall chipped in 13 points. Vaughan and Mandy Welch added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
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