TU Women Upend Oral Roberts, 75-58, to Capture Consolation Title
Dec. 18, 2001
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Tulsa senior Leela Farr scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the Golden Hurricane to a, 75-58, victory over Oral Roberts in the consolation game of the 2001 Fun in the Sun Shootout at the Municipal Gymnasium in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Tulsa's (5-5) victory avenged a, 63-61, loss to the Golden Eagles (5-6) earlier this season at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Nov. 27.
The Golden Hurricane jumped on ORU from the beginning, scoring six straight points in the first 2:04 to lead 6-0. Oral Roberts trailed Tulsa for much of the first period, but managed to take its first lead of the game at the 6:24 mark on a jumper from Jennette Bolovinos. The two teams then traded baskets before the Hurricane regained the lead with 3:11 remaining in the first half off a lay-up by sophomore Becky Heidotten. Tulsa maintained its lead and took a 28-26 advantage into halftime.
TU senior Carla Morrow hit a jumper to begin the second half and gave the Hurricane a four-point lead. But the Golden Eagles stormed back midway through the second period and used a 6-0 spurt to take a 40-36 lead, its largest of the game. Just as it looked as if ORU was beginning to pull away, Farr nailed two free throw attempts and Heidotten and classmate Candice Brewer each drained jumpers to tie the game at 40-40 at the 10:48 mark.
After trading baskets, TU recaptured the lead for good on a free throw by sophomore Kayla Elliott. On ORU's ensuing possession, the Golden Eagles made and errant pass which found its way to Brewer who then dribbled in for the easy lay-up and sparked a 7-0 run to climb to a 49-42 lead. Oral Roberts cut the deficit to four points on a three-point play by Stephanie Clark.
With ORU inching closer, Heidotten corralled an offensive board and stuck it back and the Golden Eagles never threatened again. ORU was forced to foul during the final four minutes and the Golden Hurricane converted 15-of-21 attempts to increase its lead to as high as 17 points, which was TU's margin of victory.
Elliott came off the bench and finished with a career-high 16 points, including 10-of-11 from the foul line. Heidotten, who also came off the bench, tallied 14 points. TU outrebounded ORU, 43-42, and shot 39-percent from the field and connected on 28-of-38 attempts from the free-throw line for 73.7 percent. Farr's 14 board not only tied her career-high but tied for fifth-place on the school's single-game rebound mark, which she also holds.
Krista Ragan finished with a game-high 23 points for Oral Roberts, while Cori Williston and Stephanie Clark finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort. Bolovinos added 10 points.
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