TU Women Outlasts Boise State in Overtime, 60-54
Feb. 5, 2004
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Freshman Jillian Robbins' lay-up with 0:31 remaining broke a 54-54 tie and TU nailed four free throws in the final seconds to escape Boise State in overtime, 60-54 in front of 1,005 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
In overtime, Tulsa (14-6, 7-3 WAC) trailed Boise State 6-13, 3-7 WAC) by two points when sophomore Emily Jaskowiak was fouled with 2:18 remaining in the game. Jaskowiak connected on both free throw attempts to give the Golden Hurricane a one-point advantage. Less than a minute later on the other end of the floor, BSU's Michelle Hessing was fouled but could only manage to hit 1-of-2 attempts from the charity stripe to tie the game at 54-apiece.
Robbins set up her own game-winning shot when she forced Boise State's Heather Little into a turnover on a lay-up attempt. On the ensuing possession, Robbins broke free underneath the bucket and slid the ball in at point blank range to give TU a two-point lead. The Broncos turned the ball over again and sophomore Kara Pongonis and Robbins each drained two free throws in the final seconds to secure the win. Tulsa extended its win streak to five straight with the victory.
For Tulsa, both Robbins and Jaskowiak each finished with a double-double. Robbins turned in an 11-point, 13-rebound performance, while Jaskowiak contributed 11 points and 11 boards. Both players also combined for nine of TU's 11 blocked shots in the game. Senior Candice Brewer led all scorers with 14 points, while Pongonis was the fourth Tulsa player to reach double figures with 13 points. The Golden Hurricane out rebounded the Broncos, 49-44.
Lynnette Grondin led Boise State with 12 points, while Little added 10 points and eight rebounds. Cariann Ramirez also finished with eight boards.
In the second half, both defenses continued to dominate, and kept both offenses from making any kind of run. Tulsa trailed by a single point at halftime and opened up a six-point lead in the early stages of the final period. But Boise State answered back and cut the deficit to one point on five different occasions. The Broncos tied the game on a pair of free throws from Ramirez with 0:25 remaining in regulation. Tulsa had the ball with time winding down, but could not get a shot off as time expired.
Boise State led for most of the first half and built a seven-point advantage with 3:13 remaining in the opening period. Tulsa battled back with an 8-0 run that culminated in a Pongonis three-pointer to give the Hurricane the lead. But a Hessing lay-up regained the lead for Boise State and the Broncos held off TU in the waning moments of the first half to take a 27-26 lead at intermission.
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