Morrow's Seven Treys Fuels Tulsa Women Past SMU, 76-62
Jan. 26, 2002
Dallas - Tulsa senior Carla Morrow connected on a career-high seven three-pointers and finished with a game-high 25 points to lead the Golden Hurricane to its first-ever win over SMU, 76-62, at Moody Coliseum.
Tulsa improves to 11-8 overall and 6-3 in Western Athletic Conference play, while SMU falls to 6-13 this season and 1-8 in league action.
With Tulsa holding a one-point, 14-13, advantage over SMU, Morrow and sophomore Candice Brewer each nailed back-to-back three-pointers and sophomore Becky Heidotten came off the bench and tallied three buckets to ignite a 17-2 run and help the Golden Hurricane jump out to a 31-15. Tulsa continued its scoring spree, outscoring the Mustangs, 29-11, during the final 10:02 and held a 43-24 lead at intermission.
Morrow completed the first half with 14 points, connecting on 5-of-9 field goal attempts and 4-of-7 three-point attempts. After a slow start, the Golden Hurricane sizzled from the field, shooting 62-percent overall and 56-percent from behind the arc in the opening period.
Although SMU outscored Tulsa, 38-33, in the second half, Tulsa continued to have the hot hand. The Golden Hurricane shot 50-percent form the field, 75-percent from behind the three-point line and was a perfect 2-of-2 from the foul line. SMU managed to pull to within 13 points on five occasions and as close as 12 points with 1:54 remaining in the game. However, each time the Ponies cut into its deficit, Tulsa responded with strong defensive play and never let SMU threaten its lead.
Heidotten finished the game with 14 points, hitting 7-of-9 field goal attempts, while senior Leela Farr chipped in 12 points and a team- and career-high six assists. Morrow also led TU in rebounding with seven boards. Morrow's seven treys tied the school's single-game record in all games and in conference games, and tied SMU's record for opponent three-point field goals in Moody Coliseum. For the game, TU shot 56-percent from the field and 61.5 percent from behind the arc, which tied the school mark for three-point field goal percentage, and 80-percent from the free-throw line.
Andrea Cossey finished with a team-best 15 points for the Mustangs, while Shanta Ramdhanny and Kenni Patton added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Kaci Alexander pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and helped SMU outrebound TU, 34-32. SMU managed to shoot just 39.4 percent from the field for the game.
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