San Jose State Rallies to Upset Golden Hurricane in WAC Women's Basketball Action
Jan. 17, 2002
Tulsa, Okla. - By Duane DaPron, Tulsa World Correspondent
Cricket Williams scored six points to fuel an 8-0 run in the final 44 seconds as San Jose State University rallied for a 75-73 victory against Tulsa in a Western Athletic Conference women's basketball game Thursday night at the Reynolds Center.
The loss snapped a school-record six-game winning streak for Tulsa and handed the Golden Hurricane its first league loss after five straight victories.
Tulsa (11-5 overall) held a seemingly comfortable 73-66 lead with just 54 seconds to play following a layup by Beth Bentz.
But Williams, who tallied a game-high 26 points, connected on her fourth, 3-pointer of the game with 44 seconds remaining to cut Tulsa's lead to 73-69. Williams, the WAC's second leading scorer with a 17.5 per game average, also added nine assists.
After Tulsa's Kayla Elliot missed two free throws with 24 seconds left, the Spartans' Atari Parker drained a three-pointer with 24 seconds to play to make it 73-72. Parker, who had 16 points, was fouled on the play by Elliot.
Parker missed the potential tying free throw but San Jose State maintained possession as the result of a jump ball on the rebound.
Williams was then fouled by Bentz on a drive to the basket with nine seconds to go and nailed two free throws to put the Spartans in front 74-73. The 5-7 sophomore guard then intercepted a Tulsa inbounds pass with five ticks remaining and, after being fouled, added a free throw for the final two-point margin.
Ironically, San Jose State (9-6, 4-2 WAC) missed its first seven free throws and made only 10 of 21 attempts in the game (47.6 percent). Tulsa, meanwhile, was 28 of 34 from the charity stripe (82.4 percent).
The loss, only Tulsa's third in the last 12 games, spoiled two record-setting performances by Golden Hurricane players.
Senior Leela Farr, who topped Tulsa with 18 points, connected on all 14 of her free throws to set a school single-game record for free throws made. Her total eclipsed the former mark of 13 set by Amy Pack against the University of Texas-El Paso a year ago.
In addition, Tulsa junior Alyssa Shriver notched two blocked shots to give her a career total of 47. That total vaults Shriver, named WAC Player of the Week for games of Jan. 7-13, past former Hurricane Denise Wagner who registered 45 from 1997-2001.
Shriver and Carla Morrow each chipped in 11 points for the Golden Hurricane.
Next action for Tulsa will be a 2 p.m. home matchup Saturday against conference foe Hawaii.
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