Late Free Throws Send Oral Roberts Past Tulsa, 63-61
Nov. 27, 2001
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Oral Roberts Shannon Mims and Krista Ragan each sank one free throw in the final minute of play to lead the Golden Eagles past Tulsa, 63-61, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Oral Roberts (3-3) led by as many as six points, it's largest lead of the game, with 2:13 remaining in the contest. Tulsa senior Leela Farr nailed a jumper from the free throw line to pull the Golden Hurricane (1-3) to within four points. After being fouled Mims connected on 1-of-2 free throw attempts to increase the ORU lead to five. But Farr stuck back a shot under the TU basket and pulled the Hurricane to within three points. After an Oral Roberts miss, sophomore Candice Brewer drove the lane and was fouled with 10-seconds left on the clock. She connected on both attempts and Oral Roberts led 63-62. TU fouled Ragan on the in-bounds play and she converted one attempt for a two-point cushion. Ragan missed her second shot, but Claudia Louis rebounded the ball and time ran out on the Hurricane.
Ragan and TU junior Alyssa Shriver each combined for a game-high 25 points. The 25 points marked the career-high for Shriver. Including Shriver, a total of three Hurricane players reached double figures including senior Carla Morrow with 17 points and classmate Leela Farr with 14 points. Farr also led the Golden Hurricane in rebounding with six boards.
ORU's Cory Williston was the only Golden Eagle other than Ragan to finish in double figures as she chalked up 11 points. Stephanie Clark pulled down a game-high seven rebounds in the winning effort.
The Golden Eagles scorched the nets in both halves, shooting 50-percent in the first half and 48-percent in the second for a game total of 49.1 percent. TU shot just 41.5 percent for the game and connected on just 1-of-11 three-point attempts compared to 3-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc by the Golden Eagles. ORU also controlled the boards, outrebounding TU, 36-27.
The first half culminated in a 30-30 tie. The opening period featured seven ties and three lead changes. The largest lead by either team was a five-point advantage by ORU at 10:42. Shriver totaled 15 points in the opening period, while Ragan tallied 13 points to lead the Golden Eagles.
The two teams could meet again this season as part of the four-team field at the Fun in the Sun Shootout, Dec. 17-18, in Cancun, Mexico. Tulsa will open against the Pepperdine, while Oral Roberts hosts Furman.
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