Tulsa Women's Basketball Routes Fresno State, 72-49
Feb. 1, 2002
Fresno, California - Tulsa seniors Carla Morrow and Leela Farr each scored a game-high 17 points and sophomore Becky Heidotten pulled down a game-best 15 rebounds to lead the Golden Hurricane to a decisive, 72-49, Western Athletic Conference victory over Fresno State at the North Gym.
Fresno State (8-12, 3-7 WAC) scored the game's first field goal to take a 2-0 lead in the early minutes of the game. But Morrow gave both teams a glimpse of what was to come in the first half when she drained the first of five three-pointers and finished the first half 5-of-8 from behind the arc for 15 points. The Bulldogs never led again, but manage to pull to within two points at 10:26 and three points at 6:07 in the first half. However, on both occasions with Fresno State threatening to take the lead, Morrow stepped up and knocked down the three-ball.
Late in the first half with Tulsa (12-8, 7-3 WAC) leading, 26-22, Morrow sparked a 12-2 run with her fourth and fifth treys of the game and helped the Hurricane to a commanding, 38-24, lead at intermission.
Morrow's fifth three-pointer of the game gave her exactly 1,000 career points and she became just the third player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau and just the second player to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
The Bulldogs may have held Morrow to just two points in the second half, but they didn't stop Farr. After scoring just two points in the opening period, Farr exploded with 15 second half points, while Heidotten, who came off the bench to add 12 points, controlled the boards and collected 11 rebounds in the second half to completed the double-double. Her 15 boards are a career high and the third-best single-game total in school history.
After shooting 51.6 percent in the first half, Tulsa's hot shooting tailed off in the second half. Fresno State used the combination of a full-court press and a half-court trap to slow down the Hurricane. TU led by as many as 15 points early in the second half, but the Bulldogs cut the deficit to eight points with 9:13 to play and look to have the momentum in their favor. But once again a Tulsa player stepped up to the plate and delivered. This time it was freshman guard Bethanie Bentz who delivered the knock-out blow for Tulsa. Bentz drained back-to-back three-pointers to push the Hurricane advantage to 14 points and Fresno State never recovered. Leading by 12 points at the final media timeout at 3:49, Tulsa ended the game on a 13-2 spurt.
Tulsa shot 46.6 percent from the field, 53.3 percent from behind the three-point line and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line. The Hurricane outrebounded the Bulldogs, 44-38. Morrow added 10 rebounds for the double-double and missed having a triple-double by just two assists as she dished-out a career- and game-high eight assists. Bentz finished with eight points, while sophomore Kayla Elliott chipped in five points.
Fresno State shot just 33.3 percent from the field and connected on just 1-of-13 three-point attempts and 2-of-5 foul shots. Lindsay Logan led the Bulldogs with 13 points, while Aritta Lane grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds.
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