Tulsa Women's Basketball Drops 55-52 Heartbreaker to Arkansas in Final Minutes
Dec. 5, 2001
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Arkansas' India Lewis scored 21 second-half points and sank four free throws in the final minutes of the game to lead the Lady Razorbacks to a 55-52 come-from-behind victory over Tulsa at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
With Tulsa (3-4) leading by three points in a tight ball game with 2:10 remaining, Lewis was fouled by TU senior guard Mia Williams. Lewis then sank both free throw attempts to pull the Lady Razorbacks (5-1) to within a point.
On Tulsa's next possession, Hurricane senior Carla Morrow misfired a jumper but TU controlled the rebound and Williams was fouled by Dana Cherry. Williams went to the line with the opportunity to give the Golden Hurricane a three-point lead with 32-seconds left in the game, but both free throw attempts were long and Arkansas cleared the rebound to Wright. Wright then dribbled the ball up the court and was fouled by Williams. Williams fouled out and Wright drained both free throw attempts to give the Lady Razorbacks a 53-52 advantage with 28-seconds showing on the game clock.
After being fouled by Morrow Lewis put the game away when she connected on both attempts from the charity stripe. The second half featured seven ties and 10 lead changes.
TU finished with three players in double figures including senior Leela Farr's 16 points, sophomore Becky Heidotten's 13 points off the bench and Morrow's 12 points. Morrow also finished with a team-best eight rebounds. Tulsa dominated both ends of the floor, outrebounding Arkansas, 49-38.
Lewis' 21 points led all scorers and Joy Oakley was the only other Lady Razorback to reach double figures with 12 points. Cherry grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for Arkansas.
The first half was a defensive struggle with both teams shooting less than 30-percent and finishing the first period with seven field goals apiece. Arkansas's full-court press and defensive pressure forced TU into 12 turnovers, but the Lady Razorbacks shot just 23-percent and TU led a majority of the opening period and took a seven-point, 23-16, lead into halftime.
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