Tulsa Comes Up Short Against San Jose State, 63-60
Feb. 16, 2002
San Jose, California - San Jose State's Cricket Williams scored a game-high 20 points, including five points in the final 2:34, to hold off a late Tulsa rally and defeat the Golden Hurricane, 63-60, at The Event Center.
Trailing by nine points at intermission, 37-28, Tulsa (15-10, 10-5 WAC), fell behind by as many as 12 points on three different occasions in the second half before reeling off a 13-1 to tie the contest, 52-52, with 6:59 remaining in the game. The two teams traded baskets and TU trailed by one point, 58-57, with 2:34 on the clock when Williams buried a three-pointer from the left elbow to give the Spartans a four-point advantage.
After a defensive stop, Tulsa rebounded the missed Williams jumper and sophomore Becky Heidotten broke behind the San Jose State defense. After receiving a pass from senior Leela Farr, Heidotten ran strong to the basket and looked to have drawn a foul and two free throw attempts when she was knocked hard to the ground, but no call was made and TU's brief momentum was lost.
Moments later Heidotten was fouled and she converted 1-of-2 free throw attempts to bring the Hurricane to within three points. After both teams missed several opportunities to take control in the final minute, Heidotten once again came through for Tulsa when she rebounded a missed shot and stuck it back in with 10-seconds remaining. But TU was forced to foul Williams and she connected on both free throw attempts with :08 second left on the clock and San Jose State (13-10, 8-6 WAC) held on for the upset victory.
Farr, Heidotten and senior Carla Morrow led Tulsa with 13 points each while Farr was the team's high rebounder with nine boards. Sophomore Candice Brewer chipped in 10 points. Farr surpassed the 500-rebound plateau to become just the third player in Tulsa history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. She joins former Hurricane Lila Osceola (1996-98, 1999-2000) and Morrow as the only players to record the feat.
SJSU's Elea A'Giza tallied 13 points, while Tatiana Taylor finished with 11 points. The Spartans outrebounded the Golden Hurricane, 39-37.
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