Curtin's 30 Points Not Enough as Tulsa Women Fall Late to Fresno State, 60-58
March 6, 2003
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Fresno State's Tiffany Simon put back with 7-seconds remaining in the game proved to be the difference as the Bulldogs handed Tulsa its fourth straight loss with a 60-58 victory in front of 1,371 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
With the game knotted up at 58-58, Fresno State's Laura Garcia launched a three-point attempt from the left elbow. Seeing the attempt was shot, Tulsa's Candice Brewer appeared to be in good position for a rebound. But as Brewer jumped to grab the shot, the ball hit the front of the rim and shot past Brewer and into the waiting arms of Simon, who took the carom and softly sank the game winner from point-blank range.
Fresno State led for a majority of the second half, but was unable to hold off Tulsa. The final period featured eight ties and two lead changes. TU built a five-point lead with 4:26 to play, but the Bulldogs responded with a full-court press that produced a 7-0 run and reclaimed the lead.
Tulsa senior All-America candidate Allison Curtin finished with a game-high 30 points to go along with a team-best 10 rebounds, four assists and seven steals. She scored 19 of TU's first half points and added 11 points in the second half, including a jumper that tied the game at 58 apiece with 37-seconds left in the game. Redshirt freshman Emily Jaskowiak played just nine minutes off the bench but finished with seven points, the second-best point total of the night for the Hurricane.
With her final basket of the night, Curtin became the WAC's single season leader for points during conference play with 381. She surpassed former Colorado State All-American and current WNBA player Becky Hammon's 380 points, which came during the 1996-97 campaign.
Tulsa (13-15, 8-9 WAC) suffered its fourth straight loss and has lost seven out of its last eight contests after beginning Western Athletic Conference play with a 7-2 record. The Hurricane can finish no better than fourth place in the WAC standings after spending the first half of the conference season in second place.
Fresno State (17-10, 11-6) continued its quest for second place with the win and has now won five straight games. Senior Lindsay Logan led four Bulldog players into double figures with 18 points. Classmate Omelogo Udeze added 12 points and grabbed a game-best 15 boards. Sophomore Aritta Lane and senior Tiffany Simon each contributed 10 points. FS out rebounded TU, 46-37, but was out shot by the Hurricane 39-percent to 33-percent.
Fresno State and Tulsa combined for 17 fouls in the first half and neither team was able to find its rhythm from the field. Tulsa shot 28-percent from the field, while Fresno State managed just 23-percent. FS led at the break, 23-21.
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