TU Women's Basketball Falls to Houston Jaguars in Exhibition Contest, 69-55
Nov. 11, 2001
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The TU women's basketball team suffered a 69-55 loss to the Houston Jaguars in the final exhibition game of the season at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The turning point of the game occurred early in the first half. With the game tied at 7-7, the Jaguars, a team made up of a combination of WNBA players and other professional players, received back-to-back three-pointers from Vanessa Nygaard of the Portland Fire and Rasheeda Clark en route to an 11-0 run. Brandy Jones culminated the run with a three-point bucket of her own. However, TU responded in the final 7:24 with a 14-8 run with most of the points coming from Tulsa's hot-shooting guard, senior Mia Williams. Williams converted two free throws and then reeled off four baskets to pull TU to within two points, 26-24, at intermission.
In the second half, the two teams battled back and forth and each time it looked as if the Jaguars were ready to pull away, Tulsa countered and again pulled to with in a bucket on four different occasions. But each time the Hurricane threatened to take the lead, Houston's seasoned professional players used their experience to swipe away any opportunity by Tulsa.
With 5:12 remaining in the game, the Golden Hurricane cut the lead to 49-46, Nygaard connected on back-to-back free throw to extend the Houston lead to five points. But before Tulsa could answer Clark and the Seattle Storm's Jamie Redd sandwiched two three-pointers around a jumper by Anitra Davis to balloon its lead to 59-49 with 3:06 remaining. TU cut the lead to eight points on a driving lay-up by junior Alyssa Shriver, but Tulsa was forced to foul and Houston connected on all 12 attempts to pull away.
Shriver led three Golden Hurricane players into double figure scoring with 12 points, while senior Leela Farr and Williams each finished with 10 points apiece. Shriver, along with senior Leela Farr and sophomore Candice Brewer, each pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Freshman LeAnn Upshaw dished-out a team-best five assists.
For the Jaguars, Tasha Pointer scored a game-high 17 points, while Davis finished with a game-best 12 rebounds. Clark and Nygaard finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Redd grabbed 11 rebounds in the winning effort.
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