Tulsa Falls to Tulane, 66-51
Jan. 22, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Taleya Mayberry scored a team-high 22 points for Tulsa, but it wasn't enough as the Golden Hurricane dropped a 66-51 decision to Tulane on Sunday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. The Golden Hurricane fell to 8-9 on the season and 3-3 in Conference USA, while the Green Wave moved to 14-5 overall and 3-3 in the league.
"We keep having to many stretches of time when we are stuck on a number and today that number was 47," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "At the 9:01 mark we have a three-point lead, but then we don't score another point until the 1:34 mark. We were keeping track on the bench and we had 14 straight possessions where we didn't score. Part of that was our impatience on offense and our lack of discipline, and part of that was just them being more aggressive and us not handling that well."
Tulsa shot 37-percent from the field, but went just 1-for-9 from behind the arc (11-percent), while hitting all 10 free throw attempts.
Tulane had a narrow 36-35 lead in rebounds, an 11-7 advantage in steals and a 3-0 lead in blocks.
Tulsa missed its first four shots, going down 8-0 in nearly the first four minutes, but McDaniel hit two free throws to put the Hurricane on the board. Tulane climbed to a nine-point advantage with 14:47 on the clock, but Tulsa went on a 14-5 run to make it 16-all with just under eight minutes left in the first half. Tulsa inched ahead to its own nine-point lead with 2:20 on the clock and took a 31-25 advantage into the break.
The Green Wave scored the first six points in the second half, tying the game at 31-all with 17:12 on the clock. Both teams traded baskets and Tulsa held a three-point advantage (47-44) with 9:01 to play, but the Hurricane didn't score again until the 1:34 mark, allowing the Green Wave to go on a 17-0 run and earn the 15-point victory.
Tulane was led by Jamie Kaplan who netted 11 points off the bench, while Brett Benzio and Olivia Grayson each had 10 points. Benzio had nine rebounds, while Tyria Snow had eight assists and Janique Kautsky had four steals.
Tulsa will return to action on Thursday, January 26th against UAB. Game time is set for 7:00 pm at the Reynolds Center.
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