Tulsa Women Hoops Succumbs to Boise State on Late Bucket, 70-68
Feb. 13, 2003
Boise, Idaho - Boise State's Mandy Welch capped off a perfect night from behind the three-point line when she buried a trey from the right side with 23-seconds to remaining and spurred the Broncos a 70-68 upset victory over Tulsa at the Pavilion at Boise State.
Welch came off the bench and tallied a team-high 23 points on 8-of-10 field goal attempts, including a 6-of-6 performance from beyond the arc. After Tulsa built an 18-point lead with 16:15 gone in the second half, Boise State outscored the Hurricane, 40-20, to end the game, including a 20-12 run during the final 9:21. Welch accounted for 12 of the Broncos final 20 points.
The game turned in favor of the Broncos with 3:16 to go in the contest. With Tulsa clinging to a one-point lead with 3:16 showing on the clock, TU senior Allison Curtin picked up her fifth personal foul and was forced to the bench after scoring a game-high 29 points. After collecting just one personal foul in the first half, Curtin picked up four fouls in the final period.
Following Curtin's exit, Welch gave Boise State its first lead of the game with a jumper at the 3:00 minute mark. TU junior Candice Brewer regained the lead for Tulsa with two free throws with 2:05 remaining. After a timeout, senior Alyssa Shriver gave the Hurricane a slight cushion when she rebounded a missed shot and stuck it back in for a three-point advantage. But on the ensuing possession, sophomore Alison Carney fouled BSU's Simone Grant and Grant's shot rolled around and through the basket to pull the Broncos to within a point and a chance to tie. Grant missed her three-point opportunity, but Jamie Hawkins was there for the tip-in and Boise State led 67-66 with under a minute to go. With 39-seconds left, TU sophomore Kayla Elliott slipped behind the BSU defense for an easy lay-up and gave Tulsa a one point lead.
However, the night belong to Welch as she knocked down the game-winner on the next possession. Tulsa did get several opportunities to score but Elliott's point blank bank shot with 2-seconds left in the game rolled around the rim twice and out as time expired.
With the loss, Tulsa dropped to 12-10 overall and 7-4 in Western Athletic Conference play and now shares second place in the WAC with Rice. Boise State improved to 7-15 overall and 4-8 in league games.
Curtin finished the game 13-of-20 from the field and 2-of-3 from behind the arc. Shriver turned in a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Brewer added 12 points. Tulsa shot 52.6 percent from the field compared to just 40.9 percent for the Broncos. Boise State won the battle on the boards by out rebounding TU, 35-33.
Along with Welch, Hawkins chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Camille Woodfield and Grant added 10 points each. Boise State won the game from the three-point line, hitting 9-of-19 attempts for 47-percent.
The first half belonged to Curtin as she hit 9-of-12 attempts from the field and added two three-pointers for 21 first-half points and helped TU to a 38-24 halftime lead.
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