Tulsa Women's Hoops Drop 65-54 Decision to Saint Louis
Dec. 3, 2013
St. Louis, Mo. - The Tulsa women's basketball team dropped a 65-54 decision to Saint Louis on Tuesday evening at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo. TU fell to 3-2 on the season, while SLU moved to 3-5 overall.
"I want to give credit to those seven kids in the last eight minutes that helped us go from being down 22 to down by 11," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "There were seven kids that really started playing hard and like their hair was on fire. We got off to a bad start. They had us on our heels and we fouled and put them at the free throw line. We've been down by 15 and came back and won twice this season, but it is pretty impossible to come back from 22 points. Saint Louis was more prepared and played harder and that is something we have to fix."
Erika Lane led the TU attack with 11 points, while Ashley Clark pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds. Kelsee Grovey and Clark each added nine points, while Kadan Brady posted seven, and Grovey had three assists and three steals.
TU shot 35-percent from the field, including 20-percent from three-point range, and were 10-of-13 from the free throw line for 76-percent.
SLU had a 42-40 lead in rebounds, while Tulsa had all five blocks in the contest and an 8-6 lead in steals.
Saint Louis inched ahead in the first half and climbed to a 13-point advantage, 38-25, at the break. The Billikens scored 12 of their first half points from the charity stripe as the Golden Hurricane was called for 14 personal fouls, including at least one by 10 different players. TU, on the other hand, went 2-for-3 from the free throw line in the first 20 minutes.
SLU continued to increase their advantage in the second frame, climbing to a game-high 22-point lead (55-33) with 8:42 left in the contest. TU outscored the Billikens, 21-10, to close out the game, but lost by 11 points.
Saint Louis was led by Erin Nelson and Jamesia Price who both tallied 14 points, while Desirae Ball added 12 and Denisha Womack posted 10. Olivia Jakubicek and Womack led SLU with eight rebounds, and Ball had three steals and four assists.
The Billikens shot 33-percent from the field, 23-percent from behind the arc and 82-percent from the free throw line as they hit 24-of-29 attempts.
Tulsa will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 7th against UALR. Game time is set for 1:00 pm at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
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