Tulsa Posts an 80-46 Win Over Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Dec. 14, 2002
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Senior Allison Curtin scored a school record 34 points in leading the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to an 80-46 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in front of 1,024 fans at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Saturday afternoon. The Hurricane improved to 4-5 on the season, while Arkansas-Pine Bluff dropped to 1-4.
Curtin and fellow senior Alyssa Shriver combined for 55 points, as Shriver added 21 points. Curtin scored her 34th point on a three-pointer from the top of the key with 1:50 remaining in the game, breaking the previous record of 33 set by Carla Morrow against UMKC in the 2000-01 season. Curtin entered the game as the nation's fourth-leading scorer with a 25.0 average. Shriver added seven rebounds and seven blocks, while Curtin had six rebounds, five steals and four blocks.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff scored the first two points of the game and held its last lead at 4-3 before the Hurricane put together a 6-0 run. The two teams exchanged baskets, and UAPB got to within two points at 13-11, before the Hurricane scored the next five points, and then began to pull away. Shriver scored nine straight points in less than a three-minute span giving the Hurricane a 22-16 lead, while Curtin tallied 11 of Tulsa's final 13 first-half points.
Tulsa had a 15-4 scoring run over the final six minutes of the first half to take a 39-24 lead into intermission. Shriver scored 13 of Tulsa's first 20 points of the game, and ended with 15 first-half points along with Curtin's 15 points.
"We knew that Arkansas-Pine Bluff was not very strong on the inside, and we were able to take advantage of their lack of size and experience with a good inside-outside game in the first-half," said Tulsa Head Coach Kathy McConnell-Miller. "Alyssa was able to take advantage of her size in the first half and she gained confidence as we kept getting her the ball."
Tulsa opened the second half on a 19-5 scoring run, and with just under 14 minutes to play had a 58-29 lead. Tulsa outscored the Lionettes 25-10 in the first 10 minutes of the second half. The Hurricane used a 40-14 run over a 16-minute span covering the final six minutes of the first half and the first 10 minutes of the second half.
"In the second-half our conditioning and the fact we were able to play a lot of players wore them down," added McConnell-Miller.
Sophomore LeeAnn Upshaw added 12 points and a team-high five assists for the Hurricane. UAPB's Nikki Mooney and Danisha Garrison each scored 11 points to lead the Lionettes.
The 34-point victory was the second-best win margin of the season for Tulsa. The Hurricane defeated Texas-Pan American by 35 points earlier this year.
Tulsa is in action again next Saturday against the nation's number one-ranked Duke Blue Devils at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. Game time is 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 918-631-GoTU (4688).
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