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TULSA WOMEN GRAB PSO MAYOR'S CUP VICTORY 72-58 OVER ORU

Ashley Clark had a game-high 19 points in Tulsa's 72-58 win over Oral Roberts.
Ashley Clark had a game-high 19 points in Tulsa's 72-58 win over Oral Roberts.
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Nov. 26, 2013

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Tulsa, Okla. - The Tulsa women scored 40 second-half points and pulled away from cross-city rival Oral Roberts for a 72-58 victory in the Annual PSO Mayor's Cup game on Tuesday night in front of 1,477 fans at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

Tulsa improved to 3-1 overall with a three-game winning streak, while ORU fell to 1-4 on the season. The last time the Golden Hurricane began a season at 3-1 came in the 2009-10 campaign.

"It just feels good to win by more than one point," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "We've had these games when we get down by 15 and we have to fight to get back. We at least never got down like that tonight. We just wanted to carry the momentum and capitalize on it. ORU hung in there and kept coming back at us and they did a great job of staying in the game. We wanted to attack the baseline and get in behind their defense and Ashley was really good at that tonight."

Tulsa was led by 19 points and 13 rebounds from sophomore Ashley Clark for her first career double-double, while fellow sophomore Kelsee Grovey added 18 points and a team-high five assists. Junior Mariah Turner added 12 points and six rebounds. Clark scored 15 of her points in the second half, while Grovey tallied 13 second-half points to pace the Hurricane.

The Golden Eagles had also had three double-figure scorers as junior Jenni Bryan led the way with 15 points.

After leading by two points at halftime, Tulsa jumped out in the second half on an 8-1 run to take a 40-33 lead at the 17:49 mark as Grovey connected on two straight three-pointers. The Hurricane increased its second-half lead to 11 points, 50-39, at the 11:57 mark on a layup by Erika Lane. ORU scored the next six points to make it 50-45 with 10:52 remaining in the game.

Tulsa pushed the lead back to 10 points at 55-45 by scoring the next five points and built its lead to 11 points at 60-49 with 6:22 left in the contest. ORU wouldn't go away though, but Tulsa kept pace, not letting its lead slip under eight points.

Grovey's third three-pointer of the second half gave Tulsa its largest margin at 70-56 with 1:09 remaining in the contest. Loren McDaniel closed out the scoring with a jumper at the 0:49 mark, giving the Hurricane its final 14-point victory.

The first half was a different story as there were four lead changes and five times where the game was tied. Five of the six first-half ties came in the first 7:20 of the contest with ties at 2-2, 4-4, 6-6, 8-8 and 12-12. At the 11:17 mark of the first half, ORU's Alexis Wilson knocked down two free throws for a 14-12 lead and increased that lead to five points at 21-16 on a Jenni Bryan three-pointer.

The Hurricane then went on an 8-2 run to take only its third lead of the first 20 minutes at 24-23 on a Clark jumper. Tulsa held on to the lead until a three-pointer by ORU's Dorottya Balla knotted the score at 30-30 with 2:01 to play. Tulsa's Turner put through a layup with 0:29 remaining as the Hurricane took a 32-30 lead into intermission.

Clark led the Hurricane in the first half with 15 points, nine rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes, while the Golden Eagles were lead by Bryan's 10 points.

In the first 20 minutes, Tulsa shot 39.4 percent from the field, while ORU had a 27.0 shooting percentage.

Tulsa goes on the road next Tuesday for a non-conference game against the Saint Louis Billikens before returning hone Dec. 7 for the first of a women's /men's doubleheader against the UALR Trojans. The women's game begins at 1 pm with the men's contest will follow at 3:30 pm.

Tickets for men's and women's basketball games can be purchased online at www.TulsaHurricane.com or by calling 918.631-GoTU (4688).