Second Half Shooting Woes Plagues Tulsa Women's Hoops; Falls to Hawaii, 66-64
Feb. 28, 2003
Honolulu - Hawaii's Michelle Gabriel scored a team-high 18 points and connected on five free throws in the final minute of the game to lead the Rainbow Wahine past Tulsa, 66-64, in front of 1,512fans at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Tulsa (13-13, 8-7 WAC), which received a game-high 27 points from senior Allison Curtin, shot 44-percent from the field, including 43.5 percent from behind the three-point line, in the first half and led 34-26 at intermission. Hawaii (13-11, 7-8 WAC) managed to hit just 10-of-31 attempts in the first half for 32-percent. Curtin tallied 14 points in the first half to pace the Golden Hurricane.
After faring well from the field in the opening period, TU began to fizzle early on in the second half and finished just 10-of-33 from the field in the final period for 30-percent, while the home team heated up and nailed 14-of-30 attempts for 46.7 percent.
Hawaii overcame its halftime deficit and tied the game at 43-43 with 12:53 remaining. After one more tie at 45-45, the Rainbow Wahine took the lead and held it until TU stormed back and a Curtin lay-up tied the contest at 53-53 with 4:04 remaining in the game.
UH took the lead for good on its next possession after the timeout when Amy Sanders grabbed one of Hawaii's 16 offensive rebounds and stuck it back in. TU came up empty on the ensuing possession and fouled Christen Roper after she missed her initial shot and then snared the carom. Roper connected on 1-of-2 free throw attempts to make it a three-point advantage for the Rainbow Wahine.
After a Curtin jumper trimmed the deficit to two points, Kim Willoughby provided the back-breaker when her jumper bounced around the rim and fell through the net with 1:15 showing on the clock. Tulsa was then forced to foul and Hawaii drained 7-of-10 foul shots in the final minute and needed every one of them as Curtin nearly brought Tulsa back with seven points in the final minute.
Along with Curtin, sophomore Alison Carney was the only other Hurricane player to reach double figures in scoring with 10 points. Carney also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Curtin's line for the night included 27 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. TU nailed 10 three-pointers on the night and tied the school record for the second most in a single game.
Gabriel led a total of three Rainbow Wahine players in double figure scoring, including April Atuaia with 15 points and Willoughby with 12 points. Natasja Allen collected a team-best 10 rebounds in the victory and helped UH out rebound TU, 44-40.
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