Hurricane Falls to UAB, 47-40
Jan. 26, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
The Tulsa women's basketball team dropped a 47-40 decision to UAB on Thursday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. TU fell to 8-10 on the season and 3-4 in Conference USA, while UAB moved to 14-5 overall and 5-2 in the league.
"I think it was the kind of game we thought it would be," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "It was very physical. They do a very good job of taking you out of your rhythm. They don't let you run a direct path and they force you to catch off balance. We just weren't patient enough."
Taleya Mayberry had a team high 12 points, while Loren McDaniel added nine, Jessica McQuin had eight and Tiffani Couisnard scored seven. Couisnard pulled down a team-best seven rebounds, while Taylor Hooker had three steals.
The Golden Hurricane shot 26-percent from the field, just 10-percent (1-10) from behind the arc and was 11-for-15 (73-percent) from the charity stripe.
UAB had a 47-34 advantage in rebounds, a 12-10 lead in steals and a 5-3 advantage in blocks.
Both teams struggled in the first half, shooting an identical 28.6-percent from the field. The Blazers climbed to a 10-point advantage (18-8) with 4:54 left to play in the half, but TU outscored UAB 8-2 to close out the half down 20-16.
The Golden Hurricane struggled to find the basket in the first 10 minutes of the second half, scoring just six points and allowing the Blazers to climb to a game-high 14-point lead with just 3:59 left to play. TU cut the lead in half, but couldn't overcome the deficit before time ran out, falling by seven points.
UAB was led by Karisma Chapman who scored 12 points off the bench, while Amber Jones also scored in double figures with 11. Meagan Brown had a team-leading eight rebounds, while Jones had six assists.
Tulsa will return to action on Sunday, January 29th against SMU. Game time is set for 2:00 pm at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas.
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