Carney's Career-High 24 Points Spurs TU Women Past San Jose State, 89-52
Jan. 30, 2003
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa sophomore Alison Carney scored a career-high 24 points and senior Allison Curtin added 17 points as the Golden Hurricane chalked up the second largest margin of victory in school history of 37 points with an 89-52 win over San Jose State at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
San Jose State (8-9, 4-4 WAC) scored the game's first basket with a jumper from Tiffany Wells. TU senior Alyssa Shriver tied the game with a lay-up less than a minute later and her bucket proved to be a catalyst for a 9-0 run for the Golden Hurricane. After the Spartans pulled to within seven points, a Curtin three-pointer gave Tulsa an 11-point advantage. Over the next seven minutes, San Jose State chipped away at the lead and managed to pull to within one-point, 20-19, at the 4:37 mark. However, the night belonged to Carney and the Altus, Okla., native revived the Hurricane by scoring nine of TU's final 15 points to finish the half and help Tulsa build a 35-22 halftime lead. During the 15-3 run, freshman Megan Moody came off the bench and nailed two treys.
In the second half, the Golden Hurricane continued to roll by shooting 56-percent from the field, while limiting the Spartans to just 35-percent in the final period and 32-percent for the game. TU's stifling defense also held San Jose State leading scorer Cricket Williams to just nine points, 11 points below her season average. The Spartans could only cut the deficit to 12 points in the second half as every Tulsa player not only made it on to the floor, but reached the scoring column as well.
For Tulsa (11-8, 6-2 WAC), Carney and Curtin were the only two Hurricane to reach double figures in points, but six other players tallied six or more points. TU outrebounded the Spartans, 46-36, behind Curtin's game-high 13 rebounds. She also added four assists and five steals on the night. Along with the 24 points, Carney registered career-highs in field goals with 10. The win was Tulsa's fourth straight at home and marked the 50th career victory for TU Head Coach Kathy McConnell-Miller.
Jessica Kellogg led San Jose State with 17 points, while Tatiana Taylor added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Williams finished 4-of-18 from the field, including 1-of-8 from behind the arc, and also committed eight turnovers.
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