Rainbow Wahine Use Big Shooting Night to Beat Golden Hurricane
Jan. 19, 2002
By Duane DaPron, Tulsa World Correspondent
For the University of Tulsa's women's basketball team, it was not the homestand the Golden Hurricane had hoped for.
On Thursday night in the opener of a brief two-game homestand, Tulsa saw a school-record, six-game winning streak snapped and dropped its first Western Athletic Conference game of the year by surrendering a seven-point lead in the final minute of a 75-73 loss to San Jose State.
The Golden Hurricane ended its homestand with a 65-51 loss to league foe Hawai`i on Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 1,192 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The loss dropped Tulsa's season mark to 10-7 and 5-2 in WAC play. Hawai`i improved to 11-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
Like the Golden Hurricane, the Rainbow Wahine also suffered a league setback on Thursday, dropping a 57-43 contest on the road to Rice.
Tulsa head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller thought Hawai`i was able to respond better to its loss than did the Golden Hurricane.
"They bounced back from Thursday night's loss better than we did," McConnell-Miller said. "We didn't respond like we needed to."
Hawai`i wasted little time establishing the upper hand in the contest. The Rainbow Wahaine turned an early 13-8 advantage into a 21-8 lead just seven minutes into the contest.
Hawai`i moved ahead 36-14 with 7:36 to play in the opening half and was never seriously challenged.
"I think the first 10 minutes of the game made all the difference," McConnell-Miller said. "They were exceptional."
In building a 42-23 halftime lead, Hawai`i connected on 16 of 29 field goals (55.2 percent), including seven of nine from 3-point range (77.8 percent).
"Hitting those 3-pointers really gave us a boost," said Hawai`i head coach Vince Goo, who picked up his 298th career win in his 15th season with the Rainbow Wahine. "That shooting really opened up the lead for us."
Janka Gabrielova, a 5-6 senior point guard, tallied 12 of her game-high 15 points in the opening half. She popped in two treys in the opening 20 minutes. Teammate Chelsea Wagner came off the bench to score all 11 of her points in the first half, connecting on all four of her field goal attempts. That total included three 3-pointers.
"Our team came out ready," Goo said. "We shot 55 percent but I felt we defended well also. They (Tulsa) shot just 32 percent for the game."
Tulsa was 21 of 65 from the field for 32.3 percent against a Hawai`i defense that ranks third nationally, allowing its opponents only 33.7 percent from the floor. Tulsa starters Alyssa Shriver and Carla Morrow combined to go just 2-18 from the field. Shriver, the conference's leader in field goal percentage at 54.0 percent, was one for 10 from the field.
"With Alyssa and Carla going two for 18, that's not normally the production we get from them," McConnell-Miller said.
Morrow entered the game averaging 12.8 points a contest while Shriver had a 12.3 points per game mark.
Reserve Kayla Elliot topped the Golden Hurricane with 11 points. She was the only Tulsa player to score in double figures.
Tulsa also surrendered a 44-30 advantage to Hawaii on the boards.
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