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Tulsa Ends Season With 71-62 Loss To ECU

Sophomore guard Taleya Mayberry led all scorers with 20 points as TU ended its season with a 71-62 loss to ECU.
Sophomore guard Taleya Mayberry led all scorers with 20 points as TU ended its season with a 71-62 loss to ECU.
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March 9, 2011

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EL PASO, Texas - The University of Tulsa women's basketball team saw its season come to a close with a 71-62 loss to East Carolina University in the opening round of the 2011 Buick Conference USA Championships Wednesday night from Memorial Gym.

The No. 12-seeded Golden Hurricane (5-20, 1-15 C-USA) had three players score in doubles figures, but No. 5 seed ECU (16-14, 9-7 C-USA) countered with five different players reaching at least 10 points to move on in the tournament.

Sophomore guard Taleya Mayberry led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Junior forwards Chanice Scott (13 points) and Denise Lewis (10 points) also had solid performances for Tulsa. Scott was 6-for-8 from the field and added five rebounds and four assists. Lewis had six rebounds, while also dishing out three assists.

The Pirates were led by Kelly Smith, who came off the bench to score 13 points. Crystal Wilson dropped 11 points off the bench, and starters Kim Gay, Chareya Smith and Ashley Clarke all added 10 points.

The two teams played to a 19-19 tie with 9:40 to play in the opening half, but East Carolina used a 9-0 run to jump ahead 28-19 with 6:15 remaining.

Tulsa battled back to get within four at 28-24 with 5:17 to play, but the Pirates used a 13-4 run to end the half and they took a 41-28 advantage into halftime.

The Golden Hurricane got as close as eight points in the second half at 63-55 with eight minutes to play, but TU missed two-straight free throws and ECU capitalized with a 6-0 run to carry the team over Tulsa by the final score of 71-62.

Tulsa shot 43 percent from the field, 33 percent from behind the three-point line (5 of 15) and 70 percent from the free-throw line (7 of 10). ECU shot 54 percent from the field, 23 percent from behind the arc (3 of 13) and just 47 percent (14 of 30) from the charity stripe.

East Carolina had 33 points from its bench to just eight from the Golden Hurricane. ECU also had 14 fast-break points to Tulsa's two, and the Pirates had a 40-24 scoring advantage in the paint.