TU Women's Basketball Falls to Oral Roberts, 74-66, Despite Curtin's 32 Points
Nov. 27, 2002
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa senior All-America candidate Allison Curtin recorded game-highs of 32 points and 10 rebounds, but the Golden Hurricane suffered a 74-66 loss to cross-town rival Oral Roberts in front of an announced crowd of 1,664 at the Mabee Center of the ORU campus.
Curtin finished 12-of-24 from the field and tied her career mark with five (5-of-11) three-pointers. She also connected on all three of her free throw attempts. Her 32 points is the second-best single-game scoring effort in school history and she finished just one point shy of the school's record for points in a single game. Curtin's 32 points and 10 boards gave her the 10th double double of her career and she has scored 30+ points in three straight games and four of TU's five contests this season. Sophomore LeAnn Upshaw tied her career mark with 11 points, while senior Alyssa Shriver notched 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots.
Stephanie Clark led Oral Roberts with 22 points, while Cori Williston and Leah Cannon each added 20 and 14 points, respectively. Clark also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
After trailing for much of the second half, two Curtin free throws gave TU a 57-56 lead at the 4:08 mark. ORU connected in back-to-back field goals to take a 60-57 lead. With the final minutes winding down and its chances dwindling, TU was unable to find its mark, butthe Golden Eagles did not make another field goal the for the remainder of the game. Instead, ORU won the game from the free-throw line by connecting on 14-of-18 attempts in the final 2:29 to keep to the Hurricane out of reach and hold on for the victory.
Although Tulsa (2-3) shot better from the field in both periods (36.6 percent to ORU's 33.3 percent for the game) and outrebounded the Golden Eagles (2-1), 50-42, ORU turned the ball over eight fewer times than its inner-city rival and nailed 27-of-34 free throw opportunities compared to just an 8-of-11 effort for the Hurricane. Tulsa was foul-plagued all night long and registered 26 total fouls to just 13 for the home team.
The Golden Hurricane led for a majority of the first half and held a seven-point advantage with just 4:20 remaining before intermission. But the Golden Eagles reeled off a 14-2 run to take a 38-33 lead at halftime.
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