Tulsa Women's Hoops Fall to Cross-Town Rival ORU, 74-61
Nov. 20, 2006
Tulsa, Okla. - The University of Tulsa (2-1) women's basketball team dropped a 74-61 decision to cross-town rival Oral Roberts (3-0) on Monday night at the Mabee Center on the ORU campus. The Golden Eagles won the annual Mayor's Cup for the first time in the past four years in front of a crowd of 2,378.
TU trailed in the first five minutes of the contest, but senior forward Jillian Robbins knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Golden Hurricane its first lead, 16-15, at the 15:11 mark. The teams traded baskets, but Oral Roberts took the lead with over six minutes left in the first half and Tulsa never caught up, trailing 35-27 at the break.
The Hurricane's Valerie Siemens put up a pair of free throws to begin the second half to pull TU within six, but ORU couldn't be stopped as four players tallied double-digit points on the night, including the Golden Eagle's top scorer, Jenny Hardin, who finished the contest with 20 points in just 20 minutes.
Robbins led TU with 16 points, followed by freshman Larrissa Williams who registered 13 points on the night. Robbins, Williams and senior Tandem Mays all pulled down six rebounds, while freshman Destanie Gardner put up a team-best six assists and four steals, and Williams had four blocks.
Tulsa posted a better shooting percentage than the Golden Eagles in field goals, three-pointers and free-throws as TU hit 47.6-percent from the field, went 3-for-3 from behind the arc and made 18 of 29 attempts from the charity stripe.
The Golden Hurricane will continue its four-game road swing on Friday, Nov. 24th at the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic. TU will take on 10th-ranked LSU beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
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