Postgame Notes vs. UCF
March 16, 2013
Taleya Mayberry was named Conference USA Tournament MVP after scoring a championship record 100 points during the tournament. She averaged 25 points, five rebounds, three assists and 1.75 steals per game. She is the second Tulsa player to pick up the honor as Jillian Robbins was named MVP in 2006.
Mayberry has scored at least 20 points in her last five contests, which marks the second time this season she has accomplished that feat.
Tiffany Couisnard's 43 rebounds during the tournament are tied for the fourth-most in C-USA Championship history. Couisnard averaged a double-double during the tournament, with 10.0 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per contest.
The Golden Hurricane won its second Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship in school history, as TU was victorious in the 2006 edition.
Tulsa has won 10 of its past 13 games, including its past five contests.
Tonight's contest marked the fourth time that Tulsa and UCF have faced off in a Conference USA Championship game this year for all sports. TU lost to UCF in women's soccer 2-0 on Nov. 4, 2012. The Golden Hurricane took down the Knights, 3-0, in the C-USA Volleyball Championship match on Nov. 18, 2012, and TU trumped UCF in a 33-27 overtime thriller on Dec. 1, 2012 at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
The Golden Hurricane is 9-2 this year when scoring 70 or more points. TU has scored at least 70 points in each of its C-USA championship tilts this year, and has won its past nine affairs when hitting the 70-point mark.
With the win, Tulsa became the first host team since 1999 to win the C-USA Women's Basketball Championship. Tulane won the 1999 edition of the tournament at Fogelman Arena.
Heading into tonight, junior Loren McDaniel had only reached double-digit scoring in four games this year. She had 10 alone in the first half, and began the game shooting 7-for-7 from the field until she missed a jumper with 10:41 remaining in the second half.
The Golden Hurricane, as the tournament's No. 6 seed, is the lowest seed in C-USA Women's Basketball Championship history to win the tournament. UCF won the tournament as a No. 5 seed in 2009, while TCU won it in 2003 as a No. 5 seed.
Taleya Mayberry had a stretch of 91-straight minutes played in the C-USA Championship, beginning with TU's second game against Tulane, stretching all the way through the game against ECU, and up until the 8:48 mark in the first half of the championship game against UCF. Mayberry played 156 minutes of a possible 160 during the tournament
Since the new Conference USA was formed and began competition in the 2005-06 season, Tulsa athletic teams have won a league best 49 Conference USA Championships, including regular season and post-season titles. The Golden Hurricane has won seven C_USA titles this year. The next closest since 2005 is SMU with 23.
With her starting assignment in the C-USA Championship Semifinals, Taleya Mayberry has the most career starts by a TU women's basketball player with 113. The previous best was 111 was set by Jillian Robbins from 2003-07.
Tulsa has a 9-6 record in C-USA tournament play.
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