Tulsa Women Use Late Run to Get Past San Jose State, 66-56
Feb. 28, 2004
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa's sophomore tandem of Kara Pongonis and Megan Moody drained back-to-back three-pointers to spur a 10-0 run late in the game and lead the Golden Hurricane past San Jose State, 66-56, in the final home contest of the regular season at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Tulsa (17-9, 10-6 WAC) was clinging to a three-point lead with 4:13 remaining in the game when sophomore Emily Jaskowiak rebounded a missed jumper by junior Becky Heidotten and banked in the put-back to give TU a five-point cushion. After several missed opportunities by San Jose State (14-11, 6-10 WAC), Moody and Pongonis put the game out of reach with a pair of treys in the span of 1:10 to build an 11-point advantage with 1:06 remaining in the game. Pongonis then connected on consecutive free throw attempts to increase the lead to 13 points, which gave TU its largest of the contest.
With the win, Tulsa recorded its 17th win of the season and tied TU's 2001-02 squad for the most single season wins in school history. The Golden Hurricane also registered the most home wins in one season with a 10-5 home mark this season.
For the second straight game, Moody came off the bench and spurred TU to victory with a hot hand from behind the three-point line. After hitting 5-of-6 treys and finishing with 17 points in TU's previous game against Hawaii, Moody picked up where she left off and nailed 5-of-7 three-pointers against San Jose State to finish with 15 points. She was 2-of-2 in the first half and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc in the second half. Pongonis also finished with 15 points, and recorded four three pointers on the day. Tulsa was 10-of-22 from long range for 45.5 percent.
Along with Moody and Pongonis, senior Candice Brewer chalked up 10 points and eight assists in her final collegiate home game. TU out rebounded the Spartans, 45-34.
Cricket Williams led three Spartans into double figures with 15 points, but managed to hit just 5-of-21 field goal attempts. Teoma Taylor added 14 points, while Lamisha Augustine contributed 10 points.
The first half featured two ties and three lead changes. Brewer gave Tulsa the lead for good with three-pointer at the 16:30 mark in the first half. However, TU was unable to break away from the Spartans and led by seven points, 32-35, at intermission.
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