TU Women's Basketball Suffers 70-58 Setback to Oklahoma State
Nov. 18, 2001
Stillwater, Oklahoma - Four Oklahoma State players finished in double figure scoring to lead the Cowgirls to a 70-58 victory over Tulsa in the first game of the 2001 Bertha Teague Memorial Classic at Gallagher-Iba Arena in front of a crowd of 2,230.
OSU (1-0) scored the game's first basket on a three-pointer from senior Chantoya Hawkins and never looked back. Tulsa (0-1) pulled to within four points on three different occasions, but could not overtake the Cowgirls.
Late in the first half, TU senior Carla Morrow pulled the Hurricane to within four points on a layup, but OSU ripped off a 15-7 run to conclude the first period with a 41-29 advantage. Tulsa shot 57.1 percent in the first half and was even on the boards with the Cowgirls, 14-14. However, Oklahoma State shot 48.4 percent from the field and sizzled from behind the three-point line, hitting 6-of-10 treys for 60-percent. But Tulsa committed 18 first-half turnovers to fuel the OSU run.
In the second half, TU scored just two points in the first 9:20 of the second half. OSU took advantage of Tulsa's cold shooting and increased its lead to as many as 21 points on two occasions, the last coming with 4:44 remaining in the game. But the Hurricane finally shook off its poor shooting and outscored the Cowgirls, 14-5, to close the game. OSU's 12-point halftime lead was the difference as both team tallied 29 points in the final half.
Morrow led all scorers with 18 points and was TU's top rebounder with six boards. Freshman Bethany Bentz added eight points and three steals, while junior Alyssa Shriver set the school's single-game record for blocked shots with four.
Oklahoma State received a team-best 14 points from Hawkins, while Nikki Lawrence added 11 points. Tari Cummings and Trisha Skibbe each tallied 10 points apiece, Cummings also pulled down a team high seven rebounds and collected seven steals.
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