Moody, Robbins Leads Tulsa Women Past Fresno State, 79-55, in WAC Quarterfinals
March 11, 2004
Fresno, California - Sophomore Megan Moody led five Tulsa players into double figures with a career-high 23 points and freshman Jillian Robbins pulled down a game-best 14 rebounds to lead the Golden Hurricane past Fresno State, 79-55, in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals at the Save Mart Center.
In front of a crowd of 1,907, Moody scored 21 of her game-high 23 points in the second half, and third-seeded Tulsa (19-10) shot 50-percent in the first half and 48.6 percent in the second period to advance into Friday's WAC semifinal game against Rice at 2:30 p.m. PST.
Robbins, the 2004 WAC Newcomer of the Year, registered her sixth double-double of the year during the first half with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She finished the game with 15 points and 14 rebounds. TU dominated the boards, outrebounding Fresno State (13-16), 45-32.
The sixth-seeded Bulldogs built a three-point lead during the early minutes of the game, but were unable to maintain it. Tulsa took the lead for good in the first half on a three-pointer from senior Candice Brewer at the 13:12 mark in the opening period. Brewer's trey sparked a 14-2 run for the Hurricane and TU led by 12 points with 8:55 remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs fought back and managed to pull to within six points when Chantella Perera hit a jumper to make the score, 28-22. However, TU countered with a 7-4 spurt to end the half and led, 35-26, at intermission.
The second half turned into a rout for the Golden Hurricane with sophomore Emily Jaskowiak and Moody taking their toll on the Bulldogs. In a span of 12 minutes, the duo combined to score 25 consecutive points for Tulsa. By the time Robbins scored her 15th point of the contest, the Hurricane had built a 19-point advantage and led by as many as 24 points on several occasions in the second half.
Along with Moody and Robbins, Jaskowiak was one of three TU players to notch a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Brewer posted 10 points and dished out a school-record 11 assists, while sophomore Kara Pongonis nailed three three-pointers and finished with 11 points.
Veronica Mack led Fresno State with 15 points, while Mindy Clark added 12 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. TU's stingy defense held the Bulldogs to just 36.5 percent from the field and 30.8 percent on 4-of-13 three-point field goal attempts.
TU registered its third WAC Tournament victory and is now 3-6 all-time in the conference tournament. Moody matched former Hurricane Leela Farr for the most points in a single WAC Tournament game, and re-established the record for made field goals with 10.
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