Jaskowiak's Double-Double Leads Tulsa Past East Carolina, 77-60
March 3, 2006
Dallas - Senior Emily Jaskowiak scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and four Golden Hurricane players reached double figures in Tulsa's 77-60 victory over East Carolina in the quarterfinal round of the 2006 Conference USA Tournament at Moody Coliseum.
The top-seeded Golden Hurricane improves to 23-5 overall and advances to Saturday's conference semifinal game against the winner of the Marshall-Southern Miss contest. The game will be televised live nationally on College Sports Television (CSTV), and is set to tip-off at 3:07 p.m.
Point guard Kara Pongonis-Paslay tied a championship record with 10 assists and Tulsa's four other starters all reached double figures. Pongonis-Paslay, who broke the school's single season assist mark with her seventh assist of the game, turned the ball over just once and did not attempt a shot as the rest of the squad converted 58.6 (27-of-46) percent of its shots in the victory. TU scorched the nets in the second half, hitting 72-percent of its shots, and out-rebounded ECU, 37-28.
"We knew what ECU would bring today," Tulsa head coach Charlene Thomas-Swinson said. "I was really glad that my team could keep their composure. Just like today, there were many examples of players who took it upon themselves to step up. I think it was important to get this win out of the way, so that we can rest our bodies for tomorrow."
After a jumper by Cherie Mills pulled East Carolina (17-12) within three at 38-35 early in the second half, the Golden Hurricane scored nine unanswered points to build a 47-35 at the 15:56 mark. Tulsa's lead never got below eight points the rest of the way as they went on to post the 17-point victory. The Golden Hurricane made 13-of-18 field goals after the break to help outscore the Pirates, 41-30.
Jasmine Young led East Carolina with 16 points and LeCoya Terry added 12 points and a team-high six rebounds.
The first half was a seesaw battle, but TU maintained a slim lead for a majority of the period. Moody and Robbins led Tulsa with nine points in the opening half, while Jaskowiak and Mays each contributed seven. The Hurricane shot 50-percent from the field, including 66.7 percent from behind the three-point line, and Tulsa's stingy defense held the Pirates to just 34.6 percent shooting.
Mays led a late Tulsa charge to help the Hurricane jump out to an eight-point lead, its largest of the half, with a pair of baskets. Following a TU foul, ECU hit a pair of free throws to close the lead to six and Tulsa led, 36-30, at intermission.
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