Tulsa Women's Hoops Comes From Behind to Top Fresno State, 70-60
Jan. 24, 2004
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Sophomore Megan Moody led four Tulsa players into double figures with a game-high 17 points, and the Golden Hurricane used a 31-9 run during the final 12:32 of the game to post a 70-60 come-from-behind victory over Fresno State at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
In front of a vocal crowd of 1,213, Tulsa (11-6, 4-3 WAC) trailed Fresno State (7-11, 1-7 WAC), 51-39 with 12:49 remaining in the game after Faith Probst sank two free throws to give the Bulldogs a 12-point advantage. Fresno State led by four points entering the second half and had outscored TU17-8 to open the second half. TU, which had lost sophomore starter Jillian Robbins in the first half because of an injury, was looking for any kind of spark to get back in the game. Senior Candice Brewer answered the call and her jumper with 12:32 remaining pulled TU to within 10 points and ignited the 31-9 spurt. Tulsa turned up its defensive intensity and heated up on the offensive end, out shooting Fresno State 53.6 percent in the second half, while Fresno State managed just 33.3 percent.
Brewer scored again on a lay-up to cut the deficit to eight points, and Moody and classmate Emily Jaskowiak each sandwiched a basket around a bucket by Fresno State's Veronica Mack to bring Tulsa to within five points. The Bulldogs then pushed the lead back to six points after Aritta Lane hit one of two free throw attempts. Over the next three minutes, Tulsa slowly chipped away at the lead and Brewer tied the game at 54 apiece with a jumper at the 6:54 mark.
Robbins, who earlier checked back into the game with Tulsa down by 12 points, gave the Hurricane the lead for good with a jumper in the paint. Brewer nailed a three-pointer and then scored on a lay-up, and sophomore Kara Pongonis buried her only trey of the game to give TU an eight point lead with 4:18 remaining in the game. Oklahoma native Lauren Selmon kept the Bulldogs close with a pair of free throws and two buckets down the stretch, but the Bulldogs could only muster three total field goals during the final 10 minutes.
Robbins scored her third field goal of the half to give Tulsa a nine-point cushion during the final minutes. Robbins proved to be one of the catalysts for TU, scoring seven points to go with three rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots in the final 10 minutes.
Jaskowiak played in place of Robbins and turned in first career double-double with 14 points, a game-best 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots. Brewer finished with 14 points, while Robbins chipped in 11 points. Fresno State won the battle of the boards, 40-36, but Tulsa out shot the Bulldogs, 45.6 percent to 36.8 percent.
Lane led three Bulldogs into double figures with 15 points, and also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Mack and Selmon finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Fresno State overcame an eight point deficit in the first half to take a 34-31 halftime lead. The first half featured six ties and seven lead changes. Moody paced TU in the opening period with nine points.
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