Brewer's 21 Points Leads Tulsa Women Past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 74-63
Dec. 23, 2003
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa senior Candice Brewer scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Golden Hurricane past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 74-63, in front of 1,056 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Tulsa (5-3) sizzled from the field in the second half and turned a three-point halftime lead into a 13-point advantage with less than six minutes gone by in the final period. Junior Becky Heidotten spurred a 16-6 TU run with eight points, while Brewer and junior Sarah Lundberg each contributed four points during the spurt.
The Golden Hurricane led by as many as 15 points during the second half, hitting 12 of 19 field goal attempts for 63.2 percent, while the Islanders shot just 35.1 percent (13 of 37) and attempted 21 three-pointers in a vain effort to play catch-up, but only connected on two of the 21 attempts. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (8-5) managed to cut the lead to nine points with 0:46 seconds remaining in the game on three free throws by Nicole Duncan, but could not get any closer.
Along with Brewer, a total of four players reached double figures, including Heidotten and sophomore Megan Moody with 12 points each, while sophomore Emily Jaskowiak chipped in 11 points. Moody and freshman Tandem Mays each tied for team-high honors in rebounding with seven boards each. TU out rebounded TAMUCC, 43-35, and out shot its opponent, 45.8 percent to 35.7 percent.
Terra Andrews was one of three Islanders to score in double figures with a team-high 14 points, while Kirbria Lewis and Woodward, Okla., native Lindsey Van Dorn each finished with 11 points. Jackie Oboda collected a game-high 10 rebounds.
Both teams were plagued by poor shooting in the first half with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi shooting 36.4 percent and TU hitting on just 34.5 percent of its shots. However, the difference proved to be from behind the three-point line and at the free-throw line. Tulsa sank 3-of-5 treys for 60 percent, while the Islanders managed to hit just 2-of-11 attempts. The Golden Hurricane connected on 10-of-11 shots from the charity stripe, while TAMUCC only managed to get to the foul line four times, but finished perfect in the first half.
The opening period featured six ties and eight lead changes. Moody drained all three of her three point attempts to lead Tulsa, but the Islanders held the advantage on the boards and five different players tallied four or more points, including Andrews with six points. The Hurricane took the lead for good on a free throw by freshman Jillian Robbins with 1:57 remaining in the first half and Jaskowiak gathered an offensive rebound and stuck it back into give Tulsa a 33-30 advantage at intermission, which marked the Hurricane's first halftime lead this season.
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