Balanced Effort Leads Tulsa Women Past San Jose State, 82-66
Jan. 29, 2004
San Jose, Calif. - Tulsa freshman Jillian Robbins scored 18 of her career-high 21 points in the second half and junior Sarah Lundberg picked up a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Golden Hurricane to an 82-66 victory over San Jose State at Walt McPherson Court.
Tulsa (12-6, 5-3 WAC) used a balanced scoring attack and a stingy defense to down San Jose State (12-5, 4-4 WAC) and move into a third place tie with UTEP in the Western Athletic Conference standings.
The Golden Hurricane led by 11 points at halftime, but exploded during the first seven and half minutes of the second half with a 26-5 run to put the game away. Robbins accounted for nine points, while Lundberg chipped in six points during the run. Freshman Chivis Merriweather came off the bench and nailed three three-pointers, including her third of the game at the 11:12 mark that gave Tulsa a 33-point advantage.
However, San Jose State wouldn't go easily into the night. Senior Crickett Williams began launching three-pointers and scored 19 of her game-high 22 points in the second half. Williams' effort and the Spartan's full court pressure got San Jose State back into the game. SJSU cut the deficit to 14 points on a Williams trey with 2:48 remaining in the game, but Tulsa didn't let the Spartans get any closer. TU hit six free throws and four jumpers down the stretch to keep San Jose State at arms length.
Tulsa hit 54.4 percent of its field goal attempts in the second half and limited San Jose State to just 38.6 percent in the final period.
Along with Robbins and Lundberg, a total of four Golden Hurricane players reached double figures. Sophomore Kara Pongonis scored 11 of her 14 points in the second half, while Merriweather finished with a career-high 11 points. Senior Candice Brewer also recorded 10 rebounds, and Pongonis and freshman Tandem Mays each collected six assists. TU and SJSU each finished with 47 total rebounds apiece. Robbins hit 7-of- 12 field goal attempts, grabbed nine rebounds and also collected five blocked shots and three steals in 30 minutes.
Tulsa built much of its first half lead behind 10 points from Lundberg and a pair of three-pointers from Merriweather. TU opened the game with a 4-3 run, but San Jose State came back to overtake Tulsa and extended its lead to four points. However, a Lundberg three-pointer and a pair of free throws from sophomore Emily Jaskowiak at 10:29 gave Tulsa the lead for good.
Tulsa led by as many as 15 points in the first half, but more importantly held San Jose State to just seven field goals in the opening period, and a 25.0 field goal percentage.
Williams was one of three Spartan players to reach double figures. Tatiana Taylor and Lindsay Harris scored 15 and 12 points, respectively for San Jose State.
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