Tulsa Women's Basketball Snaps Losing Streak With 73-61 Victory Over Nevada
March 8, 2003
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa senior All-America candidate Allison Curtin scored 18 points and dished out a school record 10 assists to help the Golden Hurricane snap a four-game losing streak with a 73-61 victory over Nevada in the regular season finale in front of 1,347 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Tulsa concluded the season with a 14-15 overall record and a 9-9 Western Athletic Conference mark, which is good enough for a fourth-place finish. Nevada dropped to 10-18 overall and 3-15 in league games and finished last in the conference race.
Curtin capped off her final regular season game in a Tulsa uniform by re-establishing the school single season records for steals and assists. She entered the Nevada game needing just two assists and one steal to tie the school's mark in each category. She broke both records in the first half and now owns TU's single season records for points scored, highest scoring average, field goals made, free throws made, assists and steals. She ranks third for rebounds and three-pointers.
Although the final margin of victory was 12 points for Tulsa, the Hurricane actually put the Wolf Pack away early. Sophomore Alison Carney exploded in the first half with 11 points with nine points coming on a 3-of-4 shooting performance from behind the three-point line. Senior Alyssa Shriver, who was also playing in her final regular season game at TU, added eight points and five rebounds. With Carney and Shriver leading the way, Tulsa led by 10 points and extended its lead to as many as 18 points on junior Kayla Elliott's lay-up with 2-seconds left in the first half gave the TU a 40-22 halftime lead.
In the second half, Nevada's Ashley Bastian showed the crowd why she's the nation's second-ranked player for three-pointers per game as she kept the Wolf pack in the contest with six treys. However, Curtin, who scored just four points in the opening stanza, came alive and tallied 14 points in the final 20 minutes. Tulsa led by as many as 22 points at the 9:16 mark, but the Wolf Pack whittled the lead down to 10 points on a Bastian three-pointer with 38-seconds remaining. However, Nevada was forced to foul Curtin immediately upon receiving the in-bounds pass. Curtin sank both attempts and tied the WAC's conference game only record for single season free throws with 110. After the makes, Nevada's Kate Smith missed a pair of jumpers and TU was able to dribble out the final seconds.
Along with Curtin three Hurricane reached double figures, including Shriver with and Carney with 14 points each. Shriver also grabbed a game-high nine boards. Tulsa outrebounded Nevada, 38-31, and outshot the Wolf Pack, 48-percent to 34-percent. The Hurricane sizzled from the three point line and tied the school record for three-pointers, in a one game, hitting 11-of-20 for 55-percent.
Bastian paced three Nevada players in double figures with a game-high 20 points. Smith added 16 points, while April Bankston chipped in 12 points.
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