TU Women's Basketball Rolls Past Texas-Pan American, 71-41
Dec. 28, 2003
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa junior Becky Heidotten and sophomore Kara Pongonis led a balanced scoring attack for TU with 12 and 11 points, respectively, in a 71-41 victory over Texas-Pan American in front of 1,040 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Tulsa (6-3) shot 50-percent from the field in the first half and jumped out to a 7-1 lead on the Lady Broncs (5-6). The Golden Hurricane continued to dominate both ends of the floor in the early minutes with Pongonis scoring eight points off two three-pointers and two free throws in the first 7:05 of the game. Sophomore Emily Jaskowiak came off the bench and scored six points on three buckets in a span of 2:46 to put TU up 23-7 with 8:15 remaining in the opening period.
TU continued to build on its early momentum and led by as many as 25 points on two Heidotten free throws with 2:12 remaining. Texas-Pan American's leading scorer, Ashley Roberts, drained a three-pointer before the half, but Tulsa led 41-17 at intermission. UTPA managed to hit just 29.2 percent of its field goals in the first half.
The second half featured 29 fouls and neither team was able to get into any kind of rhythm. The Lady Broncs crashed the offensive boards and came up with 14 offensive rebounds out of 24 boards for the half, and managed to cut the Tulsa lead to 20 points on a jumper by Arrita Oler. However, all but one of TU's reserves reached the scoring column and actually increased the Hurricane's advantage to as many as 32 points on two different occasions.
Individually for Tulsa, Heidotten and Pongonis were the only two players from either team to reach double figures. However, eight TU players scored five or more points, and junior Sarah Lundberg grabbed a game-high eight rebounds to help Tulsa out rebound Texas-Pan American, 45-36. Roberts was the high scorer for the Lady Broncs with eight points.
The Golden Hurricane shot 48.1 percent from the field for the game and limited Texas-Pan American to just 27.1 percent.
Tulsa posted its third straight victory and can finish with the best non-conference mark in school history with a win over Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday at the Reynolds Center.
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