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Hurricane Captures 61-57 Win Over SMU in Regular Season Finale

Denise Lewis tallied a season-best 10 points.
Denise Lewis tallied a season-best 10 points.
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March 1, 2012

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Four Tulsa women's basketball players netted double-digit points as the Golden Hurricane captured a 61-57 victory over SMU in the regular season finale on Thursday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. TU owns a 13-14 overall record and ends Conference USA play with an 8-8 mark, while the Mustangs fell to 13-16 overall and went 6-10 in the league.

With today's win, the Golden Hurricane earned the No. 6 seed in the C-USA Championship and will take on No. 11 seed East Carolina in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday, March 7th at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse in Memphis, Tenn. A full bracket with game times will be announced by the league office at approximately 9:00 pm on Saturday, March 3rd.

TU has recorded the most wins in a season (13) since Tulsa earned 26 victories and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round during the 2005-06 campaign.

"I am just really excited for our three seniors," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "Our kids have fought and battled, and now to be one of the top six teams in the conference is a real feather in their cap. Now we get to go to Memphis with a good frame of mind and do what we need to do to win games."

Taleya Mayberry scored a game-high 19 points, while Taylor Hooker added 14, Chanice Scott recorded 12 and Denise Lewis tallied a season-best 10 points. Hooker pulled down a team-best eight rebounds, Mayberry had five assists and Lewis and Hooker each had three steals.

The Golden Hurricane shot 45-percent from the field, scored 30 points in the paint and recorded 12 points off turnovers.

SMU climbed to a seven-point advantage with 14:46 on the clock, but the Golden Hurricane battled back, took the lead and had a five-point advantage with 7:53 left in the half. It was the Mustangs, however, that took a 25-23 lead into the break.

Both teams traded baskets to start the second half, but Scott hit a three-pointer with 18:50 on the clock to give Tulsa a 28-27 advantage and TU maintained the lead for the remainder of the contest. The Hurricane climbed to a game-high nine-point lead with 41-seconds to go and earned the four-point victory.

The Mustangs were led by Alisha Filmore and Christine Elliott with 14 points apiece, while Elliott added 10 rebounds. SMU shot 37-percent from the field, just 18-percent from behind the arc and was 10-for-15 from the charity stripe.