Pepperdine Uses Late Run to Put Away Tulsa, 64-53
Dec. 17, 2001
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - -- Pepperdine's Nadja Morgan scored 15 points and the Waves used an 18-10 run to end the game and hand Tulsa a, 64-53, loss in the second game of the 2001 Fun in the Sun Shootout at Municipal Gymnasium in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
After coming from behind to take a 46-43 lead with 5:46 remaining in the game, Morgan, along with Sarah Richen who finished with 14 points, combined to score 10 of Pepperdine's (4-4) final 18 points. Shandrika Lee added 11 points, hitting 3-of-5 three-point attempts and Morgan also led the team in rebounding with a game-best 13 boards for the double-double. The Waves outrebounded Tulsa (4-5), 45-35, and connected on 16-of-19 free throw attempts, including 13-of-14 attempts from the charity stripe in the second half.
Senior Leela Farr led the Hurricane attack with 18 points, draining 10-of-12 foul shots, while sophomore Candice Brewer chipped in 15 points. Junior Alyssa Shriver and sophomore Becky Heidotten each pulled down a team-best seven boards apiece.
Tulsa began the game with a 7-2 lead before Pepperdine rallied to take an 8-7 advantage. The Waves extended its lead to five points, but Tulsa used an 8-0 spurt to take a three-point advantage. However, Morgan tallied four points during the final minutes of the first half and Tamara McDonald's three-pointer tied the game at 22-22 with 5-seconds showing on the clock and the teams were tied for the fifth time at intermission.
The Hurricane led for a majority of the second half, but poor shooting ultimately doomed Tulsa. TU shot 28.6 percent from the field in both halves and Pepperdine, who shot 25.8 percent in the first half, warmed up and connected on 13-of-29 attempts for 44.8 percent in the second half and outscored Tulsa, 42-31, in the final period.
Tulsa and cross-town rival Oral Roberts, who lost to Furman, 60-58, on a last second basket, will battle for the second this season when the two teams meet in the consolation game at 6:00 p.m. CDT in the consolation game. ORU downed TU, 63-61, on Nov. 27 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
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