Tulsa Women's Hoops Dispatches UAB, 80-70, Behind Lundberg's Career High 29 Points
Dec. 5, 2003
Columbia, Mo. - Tulsa junior Sarah Lundberg missed her first two field goal attempts and then reeled off a school record 12 straight field goals, including three three-pointers, and finished with a career-high 29 points to lead TU to an 80-70 victory over UAB in the first game of the Unilever Tiger Tournament at the Hearnes Center.
Lundberg capped off the night with a key trey that gave TU a seven-point lead with 3:48 remaining in the game. Tulsa led by as by as many as 11 points in the second half, but UAB responded with a 9-2 run to pull to within four points at the 4:26 mark. On the inbounds play following a media timeout, Lundberg drained her third three-pointer of the night that proved to be the difference maker. The Blazers never threatened again.
Lundberg completed the night 12-of-14 from the field, 3-of-4 from behind the arc and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. She also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and collected four blocked shots. The Hurricane also received a solid performance from sophomore Megan Moody, who shook off a shaky start from the field, and finished with 17 points, five rebounds and a game-best five blocked shots. Junior Becky Heidotten contributed 12 points and seven rebounds, while redshirt freshman Jillian Robbins came off the bench to add 10 points. Senior Candice Brewer dished out a game-high eight assists from her point guard position.
It was a tale of two halves as UAB shot 55-percent from behind the three-point line, compared to just a 1-of-10 performance by Tulsa. The Blazers were able to keep TU on its heels in the first half, hitting 5-of-9 treys, including three straight during one stretch.
UAB (1-4) led 35-33 at intermission, but Tulsa came out half on fire and reeled off a 13-2 run during the first 2:24 of the second period to take a nine-point lead. The Blazers were led by Brittany Smith and Chantell Thomas, who finished with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Together, the duo kept UAB within striking distance, but was unable to get any closer than four points.
TU torched the nets in the second half, shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. However, UAB fell to the wayside, hitting just 39.5 percent of its field goal attempts and 25-percent of its three-point attempts.
Tulsa improved to 3-0 this season, which is the second-best start in school history. The Golden Hurricane swatted 14 total blocks, just one off the school record of 15. Lundberg's 12 field goals was the fourth best single game effort in school history.
Tulsa will play Missouri, which defeated Alcorn State, on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
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