Curtin's 30 Points Fuels Tulsa Women's Hoops Past Oklahoma State, 75-55
Nov. 23, 2002
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa senior All-America candidate Allison Curtin posted a game-high 30 points and finished with six assists to lead the Golden Hurricane past Oklahoma State, 75-55, in the final game of the 2002 Bertha Teague Classic at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
In front of a crowd of 2,450, Tulsa evened its season record to 2-2 behind Curtin's 10-of-17 performance from the field and 9-of-10 effort from the free-throw line. She tallied 15 points in each half and was the lone TU player to reach double figures. Curtin, who averaged 30 points and 9.0 rebounds against No. 22 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, was named the MVP of the 2002 Bertha Teague Classic.
Oklahoma State (0-2), which suffered a 20-point loss to Oral Roberts in its season opener, jumped on Tulsa early and led for the first 14 minutes of the game. OSU's Trisha Skibbe scored 12 first half points and helped the Cowgirls push their largest lead to eight points at the 11:40 mark. However, Curtin triggered a 12-4 run with a three-pointer that culminated in a 21-21 tie with 5:59 left in the first half. The Hurricane continued to gain momentum and a three-pointer by sophomore Alison Carney gave TU a 29-21 advantage. But, OSU fought back and managed to pull to within three points at halftime, 36-33.
In the second half, Curtin continued to shine, but it was Carney who gave TU an added boost. She played 26 minutes and notched nine points to go with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot, while shooting 3-of-5 from the field and 1-of-3 from the three-point line. The Hurricane continued to turn up the defensive pressure and forced OSU into a miserable 17.6 percent shooting slump in the second half. The Cowgirls hit just 6-of-34 attempts, while Tulsa nailed 14-of-31 attempts for 45.2 percent and outscored Oklahoma State, 39-22.
Senior Alyssa Shriver, who was named to the all-Classic team, finished with nine points, six rebounds and six blocked shots. Skibbe was the lone Cowgirl to reach double figures with 21 points and grabbed a game-best 13 rebounds.
Oklahoma, who wrapped up team honors with a win over Oral Roberts, placed three players on the all-Classic team, including Caton Hill, Dionnah Jackson and Chelsea Welch, while Stephanie Clark from Oral Roberts was also named to the squad.
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