TU Women's Basketball Falls to Australian Institute of Sport, 71-60
Nov. 8, 2000
Tulsa, Oklahoma - In the first exhibition game of the 2000-01 season, the Tulsa women's basketball team dropped a 71-60 decision to the Australian Institute of Sport at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Tulsa senior forward Denise Wagner led all scorers with a game-high 19 points. Wagner was 6-of-10 from the field and 2-of-4 from behind the three-point line. She also collected five rebounds and four blocked shot in 31 minutes.
After coming off the bench in her first game in a Tulsa uniform, junior guard Mia Williams was perfect from the field. She finished 6-of-6 from the field, 2-of-2 from behind the three-point line and she pulled down four rebounds in 26 minutes. TU junior Leela Farr grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.
Forward Shelley Hammonds led the Australian Institute of Sport with 17 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Laura Summerton was the only other Australian player in double figures with 16 points.
The Australians took control of the game early. With the contest tied at 6-6, the foreign team ran off a 13-2 run to lead 19-8 at the halfway point of the first half. Tulsa managed to scrape back and pull to within six points on a jumper by junior Carla Morrow with :04 left before halftime. The Australians led at intermission, 34-28.
The Golden Hurricane trimmed the lead to just two points,36-34, early in the second period when senior Athena Pirpich drained a three-pointer. But the Australian Institute of Sport needed just 2:33 to pull off an 11-2 run to jump to a 47-36 advantage.
Tulsa trailed by as many as 15 points in the final period. However, the Hurricane managed to cut the lead to just 66-58 with 2:27 left in the game on a made free throw by Wagner. But back-to-back turnovers led to five straight Australian points in the final minutes and the foreign team from "down under" prevailed, 71-60.
TU shot 42.9 percent from the field, including 41.2 percent from beyond the arc. Australia connected on 45.3 percent of its field goal attempts, but just 28.6 percent of its three-point field goal tries. The Australians also outrebounded the Golden Hurricane by a 38-32 margin.
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