Tulsa Defeated By No. 13 Arkansas, 66-49.
Dec 9, 2002
By JENNY MARBERRY
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Shameka Christon had a complete understanding of her assignment, and her teammates had no problem figuring out how to help her.
"I think that what the coaches wanted me to do is play inside and get the easy baskets, and I think I did a great job of doing that," Christon said. "My teammates did an excellent job of getting me the ball."
Christon had 20 points for No. 13 Arkansas, which overcame a 9-0 deficit Monday night and defeated Tulsa 66-49.
Christon's tip-in got the Lady'Backs (7-1) started after Tulsa's game-opening run. A jumpshot from the paint by Sarah Pfeifer tied the score at 12, then Christon put Arkansas in the lead with a free throw.
Allison Curtin had 15 points for Tulsa (3-5).
"Basically they just denied me the ball," Curtin said. "I think they were able to switch a lot of people on me while I was in there the whole entire time, and I think they had a lot fresher legs than I did."
Coach Kathy McConnell-Miller said her players were prepared to stay with Arkansas on its runs, but the Lady'Backs had one too many runs and wore out the Golden Hurricane defense.
"Whenever we get on a run, I think that's our strength as a team," Christon said. "We're pushing it, keep going ... and I think we did a great job of that."
Fatigue set in as the Lady'Backs completed their third game in four days, starting with two games (Rice and Northwestern State) in the Gene Hackerman Tournament in Houston.
"When you play three games in four days, the first thing that goes is your legs, and particularly jump shooters," Arkansas coach Gary Blair said. "Three games in four days, how many times does that happen? I think it showed particularly in our shooting percentage."
A last-second layup by Rochelle Vaughn gave Arkansas a 35-24 halftime lead.
Arkansas allowed Tulsa to gain some ground early in the second half with three fouls that resulted in four free throws by LeAnn Upshaw to close the deficit to 37-30.
The Lady'Backs pressured the Golden Hurricane defensively as Arkansas continually caused turnovers.
The last time the two teams met in Fayetteville was the last time Arkansas reached 100 points in a game. The Lady'Backs dominated the Golden Hurricane 101-60 in that game on Jan. 5, 2001.
Arkansas won 55-52 last season in Tulsa.
Former Lady'Back and Tulsa sophomore Sarah Lundberg got to visit her former school but didn't get to play because of NCAA regulations regarding transfer athletes.
India Lewis, who wears No. 21, became the 21st Arkansas player to score 1,000 career points, when she reached 1,006 with 15.
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