TU Women's Hoops Extends Win Streak; Rolls Past UTEP, 74-41
Jan. 16, 2003
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa senior Allison Curtin scored a game-high 23 points and sophomore Alison Carney added a career-best 16 points to lead the Golden Hurricane to a dominating 74-41 victory over UTEP n Western Athletic Conference play at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Tulsa (9-6, 4-0 WAC) extended its overall win streak to five games and has opened the 2003 conference season with four consecutive victories. Tulsa will attempt to tie the school's record for the best start against Boise State this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Reynolds Center.
Both teams had the hot hand in the early minutes of the game. After five lead changes over the first four and half minutes, the Hurricane defense clamped down on UTEP and held the Miners scoreless over the next 7:07. With the UTEP offense in check, the Tulsa offense begin to click and reeled off a 10-0 run to take a 23-14 lead at the 8:50 mark.
The Miners closed the deficit to 25-20 with a pair of three-pointers by Kia Dowell and Romie DeAnda, but TU responded with an 11-4 run and closed the first half with a 36-24 lead. TU went into the locker room at intermission shooting 54.2 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from behind the arc in the first half, while the Miners managed just 33.3 percent from both areas in the opening period.
The Golden Hurricane picked up in the second period, where it left off in the first by ringing up an 11-2 run in the first 5:25 and widening the lead to 47-26. After a three-pointer by DeAnda separated an 18-0 run by TU, Carney, who was a force on the boards all night, nailed three treys and Curtin also added a triafecta to give Tulsa a 36-point advantage, 65-29, with 9:49 remaining.
Curtin, TU's All-America candidate from Taylorville, Ill., needed just 28 minutes to turn in 23 points, three assists and four steals. But more importantly, she posted an 8-of-9 performance from the field and hit on 5-of-6 free throw attempts. Curtin was one of four Golden Hurricane players to reach double figures in the scoring column. Along with Carney, junior Candice Brewer chipped in 12 points and senior Alyssa Shriver added 11 points and three blocked shots.
Carney had a monster game for the Hurricane. Not only were her 16 points and four three-pointers career highs, but she also pulled down a game-high 11 boards for her second career double-double and helped TU dominate the Miners on the board by a 47-19 advantage.
UTEP (7-8, 2-3 WAC) was led by DeAnda, who was the only player to reach double figures with 13 points.
The 33-point win was the fifth largest margin of victory in school history.
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