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Mayberry Records 1,000th Point In 67-53 Win Over Houston

Taleya Mayberry receives a commemorative basketball after recording 1,000 career points.
Taleya Mayberry receives a commemorative basketball after recording 1,000 career points.
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Feb. 5, 2012

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TULSA, Okla. - Taleya Mayberry raced down the court after grabbing a defensive rebound, and she banked home a fast-break layup at the 8:28 mark of the second half.

The basket gave her 1,001 points for her career, and she became just the eighth member of the Tulsa women's basketball team to reach the career milestone as TU defeated Houston 67-53 Sunday afternoon inside Donald W. Reynolds Center.

"I couldn't ask for anything more to be able to get to 1,000 points in a win," Mayberry said. "I was trying to not let it get to me, but it was in the back of my head the first half. Coach Mossman told me at halftime to just keep shooting because I was getting good looks. I'm happy I was able to get the milestone today."

The junior guard finished the game with 12 points, all coming in the second half, and she increased her career total to 1,008 points. Ironically, the attendance for the game was also 1,008, which was the second-largest crowd this season as TU celebrated the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

"I'm so excited for Taleya," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "She's certainly put in her time here at Tulsa. I think it was starting to stress her out that she hadn't exceeded (the 1,000-point mark) yet, so this should be a big load off her shoulders."

Sophomore guard Taylor Hooker led all scorers with a career-high 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting. She also recorded seven rebounds and four steals.

Junior forward Tiffani Couisnard tallied 12 rebounds, four points and four steals, and senior forward Chanice Scott added 11 points. Freshman forward Mariah Turner had eight rebounds off the bench.

Tulsa (10-11, 5-5 Conference USA) shot 33 percent from the field and made 6-of-18 shots (33 percent) from behind the three-point line. The team was 17-for-29 (59 percent) from the free-throw line.

The Golden Hurricane outrebounded the Cougars 56-39, and Tulsa also held advantages in fast-break points (12-0) and steals (11-7). Houston (2-19, 1-8 C-USA) had more points in the paint (26-16) and second-chance points (10-0), while both teams turned the ball over 16 times.

Roxana Button led the visitors with 15 points. Amanda Lawson added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Terran Alford contributed 10 points.

Tulsa raced out of the gates on its home court, putting up 16 points before the Cougars were able to get on the scoreboard.

The home side led 20-3 with 5:53 to play in the opening half, but Houston found its groove and used a 9-0 run to trail 20-12 with 1:36 to play.

Junior guard Jessica McQuin and freshman guard Kadan Brady scored the last four points of the half, and Tulsa took a 24-12 lead into intermission.

Houston got within eight points at 35-27 with 13:57 to play, but Mayberry hit a trey for her first points of the game on TU's next possession and the Cougars would not get any closer.

Tulsa pulled ahead by 19 at one point in the second half and cruised to the 67-53 victory.

The Golden Hurricane will take a week off before traveling to Rice for a 2 p.m. meeting on Feb. 12.