Tulsa's Scott Hits Last Second Three in 42-39 Win Over SMU
Jan. 29, 2012
Dallas, Texas -
Chanice Scott hit a last-second three-pointer to give Tulsa a 42-39 win over SMU on Sunday afternoon at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas. TU moved to 9-10 on the season and 4-4 in Conference USA, while the Mustangs fell to 11-9 overall and 4-3 in the league.
"When we called timeout with 18-seconds left we just wanted the last shot," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "We drew up a play we run a lot and we wanted Taleya to go off an on-ball screen and if she could get to the rim, we wanted that to happen, but she wasn't open and Chanice hit a big three."
Scott had a team-high 13 points, while adding five rebounds, three blocks and a steal. Loren McDaniel, Taleya Mayberry, Mariah Turner and Kadan Brady each tallied six points, while Taylor Hooker had three and Tiffani Couisnard scored two. Turner and Brady each had career-high rebounds with nine and seven, respectively.
Tulsa had a 45-37 lead in rebounds and a 7-4 advantage in blocks, but the Mustangs had an 11-6 lead in steals. The Golden Hurricane had 20 points in the paint and 12 points off the bench. Tulsa shot 32-percent from the field, 33-percent from behind the arc and 60-percent from the charity stripe.
Tulsa jumped out to a 9-0 lead, holding SMU scoreless until the 11:47 mark when Christine Elliot hit an open jumper in the paint. Scott hit a three-pointer to make it 12-2 for a game-high 10-point advantage, but SMU outscored the Golden Hurricane 12-3 to pull within one point (15-14) with just under two minutes to play in the half. A layup by both Turner and Hooker gave TU a 19-14 lead at the break.
SMU came out with an 11-0 run to take a 25-19 lead with 16:28 on the clock, but Tulsa tied the game at 25-all two minutes later and then regained the lead on a free throw by Hooker. The scored was tied again at 35-all with just under seven to play. With both teams making a two-point basket and then a pair of made free throws the score was again tied at 39-39 with just 1:33 on the clock. Tulsa called a timeout with 18.6 seconds left, set up a play and with just 1.6 seconds remaining Scott hit a three-pointer for the 42-39 win.
"I just knew that we really needed to get a shot off," Scott said. "Taleya told me to shoot and I knew I had to hit it for my team and I did."
Akil Simpson came off the bench and led SMU with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Christine Elliott scored 11 points and added nine rebounds and three blocks.
Tulsa will return to action on Thursday, February 2nd at UCF. Game time is set for 6:00 pm Central at the UCF Arena in Orlando, Fla.
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