Hawaii Snaps Tulsa's Five Game Win Streak With 62-53 Victory
Feb. 15, 2002
Honolulu - Hawaii's Chelsea Wagner scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Rainbow Wahine to a 62-53 victory over Tulsa in front on 1,627 in Western Athletic Conference play at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The loss snapped Tulsa's five-game win streak and dropped the Hurricane to 15-9 overall and 10-4 in conference play. Sophomore center Becky Heidotten led TU with 14 points and seven rebounds. The senior duo of Leela Farr and Carla Morrow added 12 and 10 points, respectively, Farr's fifth point of the game gave her 1,000 points for her career. She became just the fourth player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Hawaii improved to 17-5 overall and 10-3 in league play and took sole possession of second place with Tulsa and Rice both losing on Thursday. Karena Greeny finished with 17 points, while Natasja Allen chipped in 10 points and pulled down a game-best nine rebounds. The Rainbow Wahine outrebounded the Golden Hurricane, 36-29.
Tulsa led the entire first half and took a 26-23 lead into intermission. The Hurricane built its largest lead of nine points on three different occasions in the opening period and shot 47.8 percent from the field during the first 20 minutes of play.
The second period turned into a see-saw affair with two ties and seven lead changes. The two squads traded baskets for a majority of the second half, but with the Hurricane holding on to a one-point, 43-42 advantage with 6:58 to play, Hawaii broke the game open with a 10-0 spurt and built a 52-43 lead. TU managed to cut the deficit to five points with 2:45 remaining, but a Wagner lay-up and back-to-back free throws from Janka Gabrielova pushed the lead back to nine points with just over a minute to play.
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