Tulsa Captures 72-59 Win Over Tulane
Feb. 23, 2012
New Orleans, La. - Four Tulsa women's basketball players scored in double figures to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 72-59 win over Tulane on Thursday night at Fogelman Arena in New Orleans, La. The Golden Hurricane moved to 12-13 on the season and 7-7 in Conference USA, while the Green Wave fell to 19-8 overall and 8-6 in the league.
"Getting everyone involved in the offense was key," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "I am proud of the way our ladies fought and for us to shoot 51-percent in the second half was fantastic. Our kids had some confidence at halftime and when you have confidence, that is half the battle. I felt like our pressure hurt them more than their pressure hurt us, and the fact that we got them to 30 turnovers was big. It goes back to our kids playing hard and playing together."
Four Tulsa players scored in double figures, including 17 by Taleya Mayberry, 13 by Mariah Turner, and 11 each by Tiffani Couisnard and Chanice Scott. Turner and Scott also posted a team-high six rebounds, while Taylor Hooker had seven steals and Mayberry had five assists.
Tulsa shot 44-percent from the field, 38-percent from behind the arc and 52-percent from the charity stripe. The Golden Hurricane finished with 26 points off turnovers, 36 points in the paint and 22 points from the bench.
The Golden Hurricane had 19 steals in the contest, the most since earning 20 steals against Rice on January 29, 2009. Tulsa had a 19-7 lead in steals, while Tulane had a 38-31 advantage in rebounds and a 7-1 lead in blocks.
The Green Wave led for the first 12 minutes off the clock, but Scott hit a three-point basket to give Tulsa a 15-14 lead at the 7:39 mark. Tiffany Dale put up a free throw to tie the game a second later, but the Golden Hurricane closed the half with a 15-3 run to take a 30-18 advantage into the break. Tulsa scored 17 points off of turnovers and had 20 points in the paint in the first frame, but it was the Green Wave who had a one-percent lead in shooting percentage with 38-percent.
Tulsa maintained the lead throughout the second half, climbing to a game-high 18-point lead with two minutes remaining in the contest.
The Green Wave was led by Olivia Grayson with 17 points, while Janique Kautsky and Brett Benzio each had nine. Dale, Benzio and Grayson all had seven rebounds, while Benzio had three blocks.
Tulane shot 51-percent from the field, 21-percent from behind the arc and 52-percent from the charity stripe.
Tulsa will return to action on Sunday, February 26th against Memphis. Game time is set for 2:00 pm at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse in Memphis, Tenn.
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