Four Tulsa Players Score in Double Digits in 69-42 Win Over Rice
Jan. 15, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Tiffani Couisnard, Loren McDaniel, Taylor Hooker and Kadan Brady all scored in double figures to lead Tulsa to a 69-42 win over Rice on Sunday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. This was TU's largest conference win since topping UCF, 71-43, on February 6, 2006.
TU moved to 7-8 on the season, including a 7-1 mark at home, and is now 2-2 in Conference USA, while the Owls fell to 8-9 overall and 2-2 in the league.
"When your posts are scoring inside like that and you are dominating the back boards, it makes it easier on you defensively, and when you are guarding like we guarded tonight, good things can happen," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "We held [Jessica] Kuster to seven points and [Brianna] Hypolite to eight points, and those are two of their big guns. Our focus was to not let them get as many touches and make it difficult for them to shoot. That was probably the best all-around game we've played, from the offensive end, defensive end and off the boards."
Couisnard had a team-leading 15 points, tying her career-best set against UMKC in 2009, while McDaniel and Hooker added 13 points, and Brady had 11, also a career-best. McDaniel added 11 rebounds for her fifth career double-double. Chanice Scott picked up five assists.
"Kadan shoots so well in practice, and when we are trying to simulate our opponents best shooter, she is always that girl," Mossman said. "She hits three's all the time in practice, so it is just a matter of her getting use to the faster speed of the college game. We've been talking about her having a break-out game, and I think this will give her a lot of confidence down the road."
Tulsa had a 51-32 advantage in rebounds, including a 35-21 lead in defensive boards, while Rice had a 6-0 lead in blocks and both teams had nine steals. TU had 28 points in the paint and 23 points off the bench. The Hurricane shot 42-percent from the field, 50-percent from three-point range and 69-percent from the free throw line.
The Golden Hurricane jumped out to an early 9-2 lead with 14:37 on the clock, inched ahead to a 10-point advantage twice, and took a 23-18 lead into the break. TU outrebounded the Owls, 28-12, in the first frame, while the Owls had a 5-0 lead in steals and just two turnovers.
Tulsa continued to increase its lead in the second half, climbing to a game-high 27-point lead with just 1:29 left in the game, and with a three-point basket by Virginia DeWare at the buzzer, earned the 69-42 victory.
Tulsa will return to action on Thursday, January 19th at Houston beginning at 7:00 pm.
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