Mayberry and Hooker Score Double Figures in 64-54 Loss to UTEP
Feb. 16, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Taleya Mayberry and Taylor Hooker netted double-digit points for Tulsa, but it wasn't enough as the Golden Hurricane dropped a 64-54 decision to UTEP on Thursday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. TU fell to 10-13 on the season and 5-7 in Conference USA, while the Miners moved to 23-2 overall and 12-0 in the league.
"I was really pleased with the way we came back and fought in the second half," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "Our kids did what we asked them to do, but UTEP is a good team with a lot of weapons and we couldn't stop them all. I am really proud of our team, the way we fought and the way we guarded, particularly in the second half."
Mayberry had a team-high 18 points, while Hooker added 13 points, five steals and four assists. Tiffani Couisnard pulled down nine rebounds and had two blocks, while Loren McDaniel recorded six boards and Mariah Turner had five.
UTEP had a 41-34 advantage in rebounds, while TU owned a 9-4 lead in steals. The Golden Hurricane shot 36-percent from the field, 38-percent from behind the arc and 58-percent from the charity stripe.
UTEP hit three three-point baskets to start their scoring drive, climbing to a 17-point lead (28-11) with 10:55 left on the clock in the first half. TU chipped away at the deficit, outscoring the Miners, 20-10, to trail by seven (38-31) at the break.
Tulsa pulled to within one point (44-43) with 12:47 remaining in the contest, but UTEP inched ahead to claim the 10-point lead.
The Miners were led by Gloria Brown who tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Kelli Willingham added 12 points and Anete Steinberga had 10. Kayla Thornton also had double-digit rebounds with 11.
UTEP scored 22 points in the paint and 20 points off the bench. The Miners shot 42-percent from the field and 50-percent (9-18) from three-point range.
Tulsa will return to action on Sunday, February 19th against East Carolina. Game time is set for 1:00 pm at the Reynolds Center.
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