UTEP Comes From Behind in Final Minutes to Shock TU Women, 66-63
Feb. 7, 2004
Tulsa, Oklahoma - UTEP's Angie McGee scored 16 of her game high 25 points in the second half, including 14 points in the final 6:29, to lead the Miners to a 66-63 come-from-behind victory over Tulsa in front of 2,471 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
UTEP (11-9, 6-5 WAC) trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half on two different occasions. But the Miners began a 25-11 run to close the game on a jumper from Marta Dydek at the 9:34 mark. Tulsa (14-7, 7-4 WAC) then missed eight straight field goal attempts and four consecutive free throw attempts, including two one-and-one situations over the next 4:55. Meanwhile, UTEP trimmed the lead to three points on three straight jumpers from Ingrid Goslin, McGee and Ana Valtierra. Brewer answered the UTEP run with back-to-back three-point baskets to extend TU's lead to seven points with 3:48 remaining in the game. After a Miner timeout, McGee took center stage and began firing three-pointers. UTEP scorched the nets on its next six possessions, nailing 5-of-6 three pointers.
McGee and teammate Noni Wharemate sandwiched a pair of treys around a lay-up from TU sophomore Emily Jaskowiak to pull the Miners to within three points. After a missed lay-up by Brewer, McGee grabbed an offensive rebound on the other end and sank her second straight trey to tie the game at 60-60 with 2:06 remaining. Tulsa freshman Jillian Robbins then missed a jumper, and UTEP gained a three-point lead courtesy of McGee's third straight trey with 1:22 on the clock.
Jaskowiak broke free inside with a lay-up to bring the Hurricane to within a point, but Tulsa again had no answer for McGee. The 5-10 junior nailed her fourth straight three-pointer with 0:38 remaining to give the Miners a four-point cushion. However, Tulsa still had one last shot. Robbins was fouled on a rebound and sank 1-of-2 foul shots to bring TU to within three points. She missed her second attempt, but a UTEP player knocked the rebound out of bounds to Tulsa with 0:05 on the clock. On the inbounds play, sophomore Kara Pongonis had an open shot at the buzzer but could not connect. The loss snapped TU's five-game win streak and UTEP won for the first time in Tulsa since February of 1997, TU's first year as a Western Athletic Conference member.
For Tulsa, Jaskowiak finished with a career-high 17 points and added nine rebounds. Robbins chipped in 14 points, nine boards and four steals, while sophomore Megan Moody concluded the game with 10 points. TU won the rebound battle, 43-28, but turned the ball over 17 times, compared to just 12 times for the Miners.
Along with McGee, Vaida Zagurskyte contributed 11 points, while Wharemate finished with 10 points and eight assists. UTEP shot 37.9 percent in the first half, but heated up to 55.6 percent in the second half and held Tulsa to just 37.1 percent shooting in the final period. One of TU's biggest obstacles was the free-throw line in the second half where TU could only connect on 3-of-10 attempts after hitting 7-of-8 in the first half.
On a side note, Brewer dished out four assists and surpassed former TU standout Kasie Pittman as the school's all-time career assist leader with 350. Brewer entered the game needing just two assists to pass Pittman.
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