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TU Loses Narrow Battle To UALR, 52-48

Junior forward Tiffani Couisnard tied her career high with 15 rebounds Friday. She also scored seven points for TU.
Junior forward Tiffani Couisnard tied her career high with 15 rebounds Friday. She also scored seven points for TU.
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Nov. 11, 2011

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The University of Tulsa women's basketball team opened the Matilda Mossman era with a narrow 52-48 loss to UALR Friday night at the Jack Stephens Center.

The Golden Hurricane (0-1) received a career night from junior forward Tiffani Couisnard, who hauled in a career-high-tying 15 rebounds and added seven points. Couisnard was playing her first game since the 2009-10 season after sitting out last year.

Junior guard Taleya Mayberry led the team in scoring with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting. She also made a game-high six free throws.

Sophomore guard Taylor Hooker contributed seven points and six rebounds, and junior guard Jessica McQuin also scored seven.

Tulsa held a 45-36 rebound advantage, but the team was done in by a poor shooting effort. TU shot just 31 percent from the field (31-for-55), 22 percent from beyond the three-point line (2-for-9) and 57 percent from the free-throw line (12-for-21).

"I'm proud of the effort we gave," Mossman said. "We can't keep shooting in the 20's and 30's and expect to win basketball games, but tonight we shot in the 20's and 30's and we were in the game. We just have to be better about putting ourselves in a position to be ahead at the end and not behind."

The Trojans (1-0) shot 37 percent from the field (19-for-52), 30 percent from beyond the arc (3-for-10) and 69 percent from the line (11-for-16).

Marian Kursh led the way for UALR, a team who played in the NCAA Tournament a year ago after finishing 23-8 overall and 14-2 in the Sun Belt Conference. She came off the bench and led all scorers with 20 points, while hauling in nine rebounds. Karisma Tyson also added 10 points.

"I was proud of our defense. I felt like we defended well," Mossman said. "We didn't have any magical way of stopping Kursh, but she's going to get hers. I thought we stopped everybody else."

Tulsa opened up the game with a 7-0 lead off baskets from Mayberry, Hooker and senior forward Denise Lewis.

UALR drew even at 9-9, but a layup from Couisnard gave the Golden Hurricane a 16-13 advantage midway through the opening half.

The Trojans rattled off a 9-0 run to take a 22-16 lead, and the two teams exchanged points for the remainder of the half as the home side held a 26-21 advantage going into intermission.

UALR pushed ahead at 31-22 to open the second half of play, but TU went on a 6-0 run to trail at just 31-28.

The Golden Hurricane held the deficit at no more than seven points until the 4:30 mark, when a bucket from Tyson pushed the UALR lead to 45-36.

Tulsa went on another 6-0 run to pull within three, and the team got as close as two with 33 seconds to play following two clutch free throws from Mayberry. The Trojans were able to get on the free-throw line with seven seconds to play and Janette Merriex converted both attempts to seal the 52-48 victory.

The Golden Hurricane will have its home opener at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 when the team plays host to BYU.