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Feb. 3, 2001

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Tulsa women's basketball team continues Western Athletic Conference play this Sunday at 2:05 p.m. against defending WAC champion SMU at the Donald. W. Reynolds Center.

Prior to the game, the TU Alumni Association will present its Ninth Annual Chili Bowl. Tickets are $8 for the chili and the game and can be purchased through the TU Office of Alumni Relations at 631-2555. The TU-SMU game will also be Fans of the FuTUre Day. Fans who buy one adult ticket will receive one free youth ticket (16 years and under).

Tulsa (5-14, 2-6 WAC) continues three-game homestand Sunday against the SMU Mustangs (11-9, 6-3 WAC). After Sunday's contest, TU will wind up its three-game stanza against UMKC (2/9) at the Reynolds Center. Tulsa is 2-6 overall this season at home and 1-3 in conference play. TU has an all-time record of 15-12 (.560) and a WAC mark of 11-7 (.611) at the Reynolds Center. TU is averaging 56.3 points and 33.8 rebounds per game. Leela Farr leads Tulsa with 11.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Athena Pirpich leads TU in three-pointers (46) and assists (74).

SMU enters the Tulsa game having lost two out of its last three games, but has won a total of four of its last six outings. The Mustangs stopped a two-game skid this past Friday with an 86-71 come-from-behind victory against Rice. SMU, the 2000 WAC Champions, is averaging 67.8 points and 42.2 rebounds per game. The Ponies are led by senior D-dra Ruckers' 17.1 points per game and senior Katie Remke's 8.7 rebounds per contest.

Sunday's game marks the 12th meeting between the Tulsa and SMU. The Mustangs lead the all-time series with a commanding 11-0 advantage. SMU was the only team to leave the Reynolds Center with a win last season, 58-45, and Tulsa finished 6-1 at home in WAC play a year ago. The last time these two schools met was in the semifinals of the 2000 WAC Tournament in Fresno, California, where the Mustangs downed the Hurricane, 58-46.

The Tulsa-SMU game can be heard live on KRSC 91.3 FM. Mark Neely will describe the play-by-play, while Emily Stagner will provide color analysis. The game will also be broadcast live on Cox Cable of Tulsa, Channel 9. Bruce Howard will call the play-by-play, while former Hurricane great Brian Rahilly is the color analyst.

For ticket information to all of TU's home events, please call 631-GoTU (4688).