Tulsa Trio Score Double Figures in 80-70 Loss to Arkansas State
Dec. 10, 2011
Jonesboro, Ark. - Taylor Hooker had a personal-best and team-high 23 points, while Jessica McQuin and Loren McDaniel also scored in double figures, but it wasn't enough as Tulsa dropped an 80-70 decision to Arkansas State on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. TU fell to 2-5 on the season, while ASU moved to 3-5 overall.
"Offense hasn't been our thing all season, but usually we get a couple people in double figures," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "Our main issue today was a lack of defensive stability. We gave up 33 free throws because we allow dibble penetration and the help side was late. We are going to go back and work hard on team defense."
Nineteen of Hooker's points came in the second half, as she finished 11-for-18 from the field on the day, and added five rebounds, three assists and two steals in the contest.
Taleya Mayberry had just two points, but pulled down seven rebounds and had a team-leading three steals and a block. Mariah Turner also had seven boards and recorded nine points. McQuin netted 11 points, while McDaniel tallied 10 points.
TU shot 43-percent from the field, but just 22-percent from behind the arc (2-9) and 47-percent from the free throw line (10-21).
ASU was led by Jane Morrill and Quinishia McDowell, both with 20 points, while Andi Watson had 13 and Lunden Roberts added 12 points. Morrill also had a team-best nine rebounds.
The Red Wolves shot 43-perecent from the field, including 29-percent from three-point range, while recording 29 points from the charity stripe and shooting 87-percent (29-33).
There were five lead changes and four tied scores in the first half, but Arkansas State climbed to a 12-point lead to take a 38-26 advantage into the break. The Hurricane struggled to find the basket, scoring just eight points in the final 12 minutes of the half and only 12 baskets in the first frame.
Tulsa chipped away at the ASU lead and took a 61-60 advantage with 6:03 on the clock, but ASU battled back and took the lead for the remainder of the game and earned the 10-point victory.
Tulsa will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 17th as TU hosts Grambling State at 8:30 pm at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
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