Heidotten, Farr Spark Tulsa Women Past Rice in Overtime, 67-61
Dec. 30, 2001
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Sophomore Becky Heidotten scored eight of TU's 12 overtime points and senior Leela Farr added a game-high 22 points as Tulsa edged Rice in overtime, 67-61, in Western Athletic Conference action in front of 1,028 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Tulsa (6-5, 1-0 WAC) and Rice (6-4, 0-1 WAC) concluded the second half tied at 55-55. In the overtime session, the Owls' Lindsey Maynard put Rice ahead 57-55 on a lay-up inside the opening minute. On Tulsa's ensuing possession, Farr hit 1-of-2 free throw attempts to tie her career-high of 22 points and pull the Hurricane to within one point.
Senior Carla Morrow, who finished with 12 points and four steals, banked a three-pointer from the right side with 2:50 left in overtime to give Tulsa the lead for good. Rice's LaTonya Sam misfired on a three-point attempt and Heidotten grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Heidotten, who finished with 12 points and six rebounds, drained both attempts and would end up a perfect 6-of-6 down the stretch from the foul line in overtime. After the Owls' Starla James nailed a three-pointer to bring Rice to within four points, but Heidotten outran the Rice defenders down the floor for an easy lay-up to put the game out of reach.
After Tulsa took a 27-22 halftime lead, Rice closed the gap and outscored the Hurricane, 33-28, in the second half and forced the overtime period. Each team had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but Farr missed a second free throw attempt with 11-seconds left in the game that would have given Tulsa a one-point advantage. Rice got one final shot, but Sam's last second effort bounced off the back of the rim.
The second half featured seven ties and lead changes with Rice holding its largest lead of the game, four points, at the 5:14 mark. The Owls outrebounded the Hurricane, 46-40, but TU outshot Rice, 35.8 percent to 29-precent.
RU's Johnetta Hayes led the Owls with 18 points and pulled down a game-best 15 rebounds for the double-double. Sam was the only other Owl to reach double figures with 14 points.
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