Tulsa Women Hoops Notches School Record 18th Victory with Late Rally against SMU, 73-67
March 4, 2004
Dallas - Redshirt freshman Jillian Robbins led three Tulsa players into double figures with a game-high 20 points and the Golden Hurricane used a 21-3 run in the final 3:29 to erase a 12-point deficit and escape Moody Coliseum with a 73-67 Western Athletic Conference victory over SMU.
Tulsa established a new school record for wins in a single season with its 18th win of the year and also clinched third place in the WAC, which is TU's best finish in its eight seasons as a conference member. Tulsa is 18-9 overall and 11-6 in league play heading into the regular season finale against No. 6 Louisiana Tech on Saturday in Ruston, La.
TU trailed SMU for a majority of the game. The Golden Hurricane fell behind by as many as 13 points on two different occasions in the second half. Shonte Roberts' lay-up with 3:29 remaining in the game gave the Mustangs (13-13, 9-8 WAC) what seemed to be a comfortable 12-point cushion. On the ensuing possession for TU, sophomore Kara Pongonis entered the game without a point, but quickly changed her scoring column with her first points of the contest with a three-pointer from the right side that sparked Tulsa's run.
TU adjusted its defense to a full-court, man-to-man press and forced six Mustang turnovers during its scoring spurt. Following Pongonis' three-pointer, the Mustangs turned the ball over and Tulsa sophomore Megan Moody pulled the Hurricane to within six points with her third trey of the game at the 3:05 mark. SMU continued to give the ball up and Pongonis drained her second three-pointer in less than a minute to slice the Ponies lead to three points. Freshman Tandem Mays came up with a loose ball and converted it into a lay-up and TU trailed by one point with 1:55 remaining.
A stunned SMU team continued to cough the ball up and Pongonis drilled her third trey in less than two minutes to give the Hurricane its first lead of the game, 64-62, with 1:29 remaining. After a missed jumper by SMU's Andrea Cossey, the Mustangs were forced to foul and Robbins hit five of six free throws, while senior Candice Brewer connected on both of her attempts. SMU's Shanta Ramdhanny delivered her team's lone points during the run with a three-pointer with 0:20 remaining. Tulsa built its lead to 70-67 and Robbins hit her final three free throws to put the game out of reach.
Robbins finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven steals, one shy of her own school record, and also connected on 5-of-10 field goal attempts and 10-of-13 free throw attempts. Moody finished with a career-high 19 points and also added seven rebounds, while Brewer contributed 15 points. Tulsa outscored SMU 50-36 in the second half and each team grabbed 46 rebounds. Sophomore Emily Jaskowiak pulled down a game-best 11 rebounds.
Kaira White led SMU with 18 points, while Sarah Davis and Shonte Roberts finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
SMU opened the game with a 12-0 run, but Tulsa countered with a 13-3 spurt to pull to within 15-13 early in the first half. The Golden Hurricane cut the lead to one point, 24-23, with 1:39 remaining in the first half, but the Mustangs closed the first period with a 7-0 run to lead, 31-23, at intermission.
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