Tulsa Dumps Stephen F. Austin Behind Heidotten's Career-High 26 Points
Dec. 31, 2003
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Junior Becky Heidotten scored 20 of her career-high 26 points in the first half and Tulsa cruised to a 73-56 victory over Stephen F. Austin in front of 1,044 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
In a rare weekday afternoon game for TU, Heidotten nailed her first 11 field goal attempts and tied the school's single-game record for field goals, hitting 13-of-15 attempts (.870), and she also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. She collected a career-best four blocked shots and tied her career- mark for assists with three.
Both Tulsa (7-3) and Stephen F. Austin (0-10) stumbled out of the gates at the start. Neither team shot well from the field to open the game. However, Heidotten scored TU's first four baskets to give the Hurricane an 8-7 advantage during the early minutes. Sophomore Meagan Moody and freshman Tandem Mays combined for three points in between three more consecutive buckets for Heidotten. Although the Ladyjacks were unable to contain Heidotten, SFA kept the game close and led by one point, 22-21, on a lay-up by Jaliyla Muhammad with 3:56 remaining in the first half.
Minutes later, Tulsa regained the lead on a jumper by junior Sarah Lundberg, and Heidotten broke loose once again for three straight baskets to complete the first half 10-of-10 from the field. Senior Kayla Elliott drained the second of two free throws to give the Hurricane a 30-26 lead at intermission. TU shot 48.1 percent in the first half and held SFA to just 32.1 percent from the field.
Stephen F. Austin focused on stopping Heidotten in the second half. Heidotten tallied six points in the final period, but it was Moody who had the hot hand. Moody scored 14 points during the second half and finished with 16 points for the game.
Stephen F. Austin cut the deficit to three points on a lay-up by LaToya Mills. However, Moody spurred a 7-0 spurt by Tulsa with a three-pointer and run culminated with Heidotten lay-up to give Tulsa a 10-point, 41-31, lead. SFA rallied and got to within six points, but Moody again proved to be a catalyst for Tulsa as her lay-up with 13:15 remaining in the game ignited a 15-0 run by the Hurricane. Tulsa led by as many as 23 points during the final four minutes and cruised to its seventh victory of the season. The Golden Hurricane's 7-3 record marked the best non-conference record in school history.
Along with Heidotten and Moody, senior Candice Brewer was the third Tulsa player to reach double figures with 11 points. Brewer also contributed eight assists. Tulsa scorched the nets, shooting 57.7 percent from the field in the final period, and finished 52.8 percent from the field for the game. The Hurricane also out rebounded the Ladyjacks, 36-34.
Britany Vinson was the leading scorer for Stephen F. Austin with 16 points, while Mills added 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. SFA struggled from the field, hitting just 33.9 percent of its field goal attempts for the game.
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