TU Women's Comeback Bid against San Jose State Falls Short in Overtime, 88-86
March 2, 2003
San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State's Jessica Kellogg scored a game-high 32 points and Cricket Williams added 24 points and 16 assists to lead the Spartans to an 88-86 overtime victory over Tulsa at The Event Center.
With Tulsa trailing by seven points with 50-seconds remaining in regulation, the Golden Hurricane stormed back in the final seconds and junior Candice Brewer nailed two free throws with 20-seconds left to tie the game at 77-77. Williams had a chance to win the game for the Spartans, but she missed a wide-open jumper as time expired and the game was sent into overtime.
In overtime, SJSU built a pair of four-point leads, but TU was able to take the lead for the first time all day when senior Alyssa Shriver nailed a turn-around jumper with 24-seconds left in the extra session. However, on the ensuing possession for San Jose State, Williams drove into the lane and drew a quick whistle on Tulsa's Allison Curtin, her fifth foul of the contest. Williams jumper on the shot fell through the net and she converted the three-point to give the home team a two-point lead with 16-seconds to go in overtime. After a 30-second timeout, Brewer drove down the left side of the lane and put up a shot with :02 seconds remaining. Her shot bounced off the backboard and off the left side of the rim. Junior Kayla Elliott grabbed the offensive board, but the buzzer sounded before she could get a shot off.
Tulsa (13-14, 8-8 WAC) has dropped its last three outings, and a total of six out of its last seven contests. After beginning the Western Athletic Conference season with a 2-0 road record, the Hurricane has dropped seven straight on the road.
A total of five TU players reached double figures, including Curtin who finished with a team-high 20 points with half of her points coming at the free-throw line where she was 10-of-11. Sophomore Alison Carney contributed 16 points and a game-best nine rebounds, while Elliott came off the bench and added 13 points. Shriver finished with 12 points, while Brewer chipped in 11 points. Tulsa out shot San Jose State, 49-percent to 42-percent, but lost the battle on the boards as SJSU held a 40-34 advantage.
San Jose State (11-14, 7-9 WAC) opened the game with a 9-2 run before TU reeled off a 7-2 run of its own. Kellogg, who finished 6-of-15 from behind the arc, drained three treys in the first half and kept Tulsa on its heels. The Hurricane kept it close in the first half, but couldn't take the lead despite trailing by just a single point on two occasions and tying the game for the first time at the 6:23 mark.
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