Tulsa Women's Hoops Stumbles Against Fresno State, 85-76
Feb. 19, 2004
Fresno, California - Fresno State's Aritta Lane led five Bulldog players into double figures with a game-high 22 points as the Bulldogs handed Tulsa its third straight loss with an 85-76 victory over the Golden Hurricane in front of 4,931 at the Save Mart Center.
Tulsa (14-9, 7-6 WAC) shot 50.8 percent for the game, including 60.7 percent in the first half, but Fresno State (10-14, 4-10 WAC) out rebounded TU, 47-30, and used a balance effort both inside and outside to down the Golden Hurricane.
The Bulldogs trailed for much of the first half but lived from behind the three-point line, hitting 7-of-15 attempts, and erased several early deficits late in the first half with a 9-3 spurt to take a 41-40 lead at intermission. Fresno State connected on 48.4 percent from the field and collected 18 rebounds to TU's 12.
Fresno State remained hot in the second half, but changed its game plan. The Bulldogs began going inside to post players Lane and Mindy Clark. The duo accounted for 33 points and 19 rebounds and reserve forward Jasmine Plummer came off the bench to register a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Tulsa continued to shoot the ball well, but Fresno State also continued to fill the basket and control the boards in the second half and built a 10-point lead at the 11:47 mark. The Bulldogs held on to its double-digit lead two minutes. Tulsa managed to slice into the lead and reduce it to four points on several occasions, including 78-74 with 0:44 remaining in the game. However, as it had throughout the second half, Fresno State answered each of TU's runs. Tulsa was forced to foul down the stretch and the Bulldogs not only converted 7-of-8 free throw attempts but also kept its full-court press on until the final buzzer.
For Tulsa, junior Becky Heidotten scored 16 points and Jillian Robbins finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore Kara Pongonis added 12 points, while freshman Tandem Mays and sophomore Emily Jaskowiak each chipped in 10 points and Jaskowiak notched a team-best six assists.
Along with Lane, Plummer and Clark, Chantella Perera contributed 15 points and Veronica Mack finished with 11 points. Plummer came up two assists shy of posting a triple-double with eight assists.
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