Curtin, Tulsa Dismantle Solna in Exhibition Play, 77-42
Nov. 12, 2002
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa All-America candidate Allison Curtin made her debut in a Golden Hurricane uniform a memorable one as she notched a double-double with a game-high 21 points and 11 steals to lead TU to a 77-42 victory over the Solna Basketball Club in exhibition play at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Curtin, a 5-11 senior guard, finished 7-of-16 from the field, a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, collected 11 steals and narrowly missed a triple double with seven rebounds in 34 minutes. Although exhibition games do not count toward regular season statistics, her 11 steals would have been a career-high and school single-game record.
Along with Curtin, a total of four Tulsa players reached double figures in scoring, including 18 points from senior Alyssa Shriver, 12 points from sophomore LeAnn Upshaw and 10 points from junior Becky Heidotten. Brewer also added a game-high five assists and Shriver recorded four blocked shots.
Solna's Johanna Axelsson scored a team-best 14 points in the losing cause.
Tulsa shook off a sluggish first half with stellar defensive play to go along with a hot shooting performance in the second half. The Hurricane outscored Solna 44-18 in the final period and shot 56-percent from the field and 75-percent from the charity stripe. TU registered 16 steals in the second half and hit its first 10-of-14 field goal attempts during the first 10 minutes of the final period. TU's defense smothered Solna into 22 second-half turnovers and a 31.8 percent shooting slump, including 0-7 from behind the three-point line.
After leading 33-24 at halftime, TU stretched its lead to 41 points at one point in the second half. The Hurricane defense stifled Solna time after time and didn't allow the Vikings their 10th point of the second half until there was just 4:23 left in the game. Curtin helped ignite TU's defense and the team turned the 16 steals into 26 points off turnovers. TU's front court of Shriver, Heidotten, redshirt freshman Emily Jaskowiak combined for 34 points and outscored Solna 32-6 in the paint during the second half.
As impressive as the second half was, the first half was just the opposite. Tulsa and Solna both connected on just 8-of-27 attempts from the field in the opening period for a meager 29.6 percent. TU committed 11 turnovers and was able to nail just 1-of-9 three-point attempts. The Hurricane built a lead behind Curtin's 13 first-half points and an overall team effort of 16-of-19 from the free-throw line. Tulsa only trailed once during the first half and built several double-digit leads, but the Vikings managed to claw back each time, but couldn't overtake the Golden Hurricane.
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