Pongonis' Career High 22 Points, Six Treys leads Tulsa Past UMKC, 86-80
Dec. 21, 2003
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa sophomore Kara Pongonis led five Golden Hurricane players into double figures with a career-high 22 points in TU's 86-80 victory over UMKC at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Pongonis helped Tulsa (4-3) snap a three-game losing streak and get back on the winning track by hitting 7-of-10 field goal attempts, including a career-best six three-pointers on seven attempts. She also dished out five assists to tie her single-game record.
Both Tulsa and UMKC (3-6) shot the ball very well in the second half. TU nailed 60.7 percent of its attempts, while the Kangaroos shot 44.4 percent. The first 12 minutes of the final period featured eight lead changes and six ties and neither team was able to push its lead past five points. However, with 4:24 remaining in the game and TU clinging to a 72-70 advantage, Pongonis helped Tulsa seize the momentum with a three-pointer that ignited a 14-4 run by the Golden Hurricane and essentially put the game away. Pongonis nailed two treys during the spurt and Tulsa led by as many as 12 points before UMKC scored six points during the final 0:31 of the game.
Tulsa concluded the game with its best shooting performance of the season, hitting 33 of 63 field goal attempts for 52.4 percent. UMKC connected on 32 of 70 shots for 45.7 percent. Both teams shot 40 percent or above from behind the three-point line as well.
Along with Pongonis, junior Becky Heidotten tallied 19 points, while sophomore Megan Moody and junior Sarah Lundberg each contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively. Tulsa got a huge boost off its bench from sophomore forward Emily Jaskowiak, who finished with a career-best 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting, and also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and blocked three shots in 27 minutes of action. Senior Candice Brewer narrowly missed her second double-double of the year with nine points and a career-high nine assists. Tulsa outerbounded UMKC, 39-35.
UMKC's Katie Houlehan finished with a game-high 26 points off the bench, while Erin Pauk and Casey Ellis chipped in 22 and 11 points, respectively. Liz Obrecht tied Jaskowiak for game-high rebounds with eight.
The teams set the tone for the game early, trading the lead back-and-forth before settling for a 37-37 tie at intermission. TU and UMKC traded leads to open the game, but Tulsa reeled off a 13-4 run to lead by as many as nine points at the 12:39 minute mark. However, Houlehan kept the Kangaroos in the game with her hot shooting and UMKC regained the lead. The Kangaroos would have led at the half, but Brewer hit a running-jumper as time expired to tie the game.
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