Four Tulsa Players Score in Double Digits in 79-68 Win Over Memphis
Feb. 28, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Four Tulsa players scored in double figures to give the Hurricane a 79-68 win over Memphis on Thursday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. This was TU's first win over the Tigers since the 2007-08 season, marking the first time a current Tulsa player has earned a victory over Memphis. TU moved to 12-15 on the season and 7-7 in Conference USA, while the Tigers fell to 16-12 overall and 7-7 in the league.
"Regardless of what people around us did, we knew we had to get this one," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "In order for us to move up and for us to have a chance at one of the top four seeds, we knew we had to come in and take care of business. I am really proud of our effort, proud of how we played and the fact that we found a way to win. The thing I am most pleased with is how we shot the ball. If we shoot 49-percent we can win a lot of games."
Taleya Mayberry had a team-leading 17 points, six assists and three steals in 37 minutes of play. Kelsee Grovey scored 16 points, Tiffani Couisnard added 14 points and a team-best nine rebounds, and also had three steals, and Mariah Turner tallied 11 points.
TU got outrebounded, 44-32, but had a 15-9 lead in assists, a 13-9 advantage in steals and just 15 turnovers to Memphis' 21. Both teams had three blocks.
Tulsa shot 40-percent from the field, 35-percent from behind the arc and 69-percent from the charity stripe. The Hurricane scored 38 points in the paint, 22 points off the bench and 19 points off turnovers.
Grovey and Turner each had seven points for Tulsa as the Hurricane had a 40-34 lead at the break. TU shot a solid 51-percent from the field and had seven steals, but didn't fair as well on the boards, trailing the Tigers, 23-14, after the first frame.
The Hurricane maintained the lead in the entire second half, climbing to a game-best 14-point advantage with 6:19 on the clock, and ended the contest with the 11-point victory.
Memphis was led by Ariel Hearn with 18 points, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir with 14 points and Nicole Dickson with 11 points. Asianna Fuqua-Bey pulled down nine rebounds, Dickson had two blocks, and Abdul-Qaadir and Hearn each had four steals.
The Tigers shot 39-percent from the field, 33-percent from three-point range and 56-percent from the free throw line.
Tulsa will return to action on Sunday, March 3rd against UAB. Game time is set for 2:00 pm at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
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