Tulsa Women Grind Out 45-42 Win over Hawaii Behind Curtin's 25 Points
Feb. 1, 2003
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa senior Allison Curtin scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Golden Hurricane to a narrow, 45-42, victory over Hawaii in front of 2,521 fans in Western Athletic Conference action at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Curtin, an All-America candidate from Taylorville, Ill., recorded what proved to be the deciding bucket after she rebounded teammate Kayla Elliott's missed attempt and nailed a short jumper to put TU up 43-38 with 4:21 to go. Hawaii (11-7, 5-4 WAC) pulled to within a single point at 43-42 when Jade Abele converted a lay-up with 1:36 remaining in the game. After missed opportunities for both teams, TU gained control of the ball with 30-seconds remaining and the Rainbow Wahine was forced to commit four straight fouls to put the Hurricane in the bonus. After the fourth foul gave TU a 1-and-1 opportunity, freshman Kara Pongonis stepped up to the line and drained both shots. After a timeout and with 14-seconds left, UH's Michelle Gabriel fired a desperation shot, but the attempt was long and Tulsa (12-8, 7-2 WAC) recorded just its second victory over Hawaii in 10 attempts.
Both teams struggled from the field offensively in the second half. After outshooting Hawaii in the first half, 40-percent to 20-percent, Tulsa managed just five field goals in the second period, while Hawaii found the net 10 times. TU shot a miserable 16-percent to the Wahine's 35.7 percent.
The first half belonged to Curtin, who finished with 19 points on 8-of-13 field goal attempts and 3-of-6 from the three-point line. With the game tied at 13-13, Curtin knocked down back-to-back treys and scored 12 of Tulsa's final 17 points of the half and the Hurricane reeled of a 17-4 run over the final 7:56 of the first half. TU took a 13-point, 30-17, lead into the locker room at intermission. Curtin became the school's single season scoring leader with her bucket at the 2:35 mark. In 20 games, she has scored 459 points and surpassed former Hurricane Cheryle Meppelink's 449 points recorded during the 1986-87 campaign in 24 games.
Curtin finished 10-fo-23 from the field and also grabbed nine boards and dished out four assists. Sophomore Alison Carney suffered through a shooting slump, but grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds. The Hurricane outrebounded the Rainbow Wahine, 48-42 and improved its home wins streak in WAC play to 5-0.
April Atuaia and Natasja Allen led the Hawaii effort with 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Christen Roper pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
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