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Sept. 30, 2013

TULSA, Okla. - In advance of the 2013-14 season, The University of Tulsa women's basketball team officially opened preseason practice Monday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

As it prepares for the upcoming season, the Golden Hurricane is looking to build on a thrilling end to 2012-13, in which it won four straight games to win the Conference USA Championship and advance to its first NCAA Tournament since 2006.

"It was good to be back in the gym," Tulsa Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "We've basically spent the last 20 days on the road recruiting watching other people's players play, so it was fun to be back in the gym with our own players. We have seven freshmen out of 14 (total players). It was good to get them out here and get them running a little bit, and using some terminology and seeing how they reacted. They reacted pretty well."



TU welcomes seven freshman to the squad of seven returning letterwinners that includes three returning starters. Among the starters returning are senior Loren McDaniel and sophomores Ashley Clark and Kelsee Grovey. Also returning are juniors Kadan Brady and Mariah Turner and sophomores Jasmine Vasquez and Antoinet Webster. Grovey is Tulsa's leading returning scorer at 10.5 points per game a year ago, while McDaniel is the leading returning rebounder at 6.7 rebounds per contest last season.

Hurricane newcomers include Tulsa-area natives forward Stevi Parker of Bixby and forward Liesl Spoerl of Tulsa, while guard Ashley Hughes hails from Sulpher, Okla. Center Autura Campbell and guard Erika Lane come to Tulsa from Topeka, Kan. Center Rickae Jinks is from Miramar, Fla., and forward Kayla Wright is from Lauderhill, Fla.

"We have 29 more practices to get in the next 38 days before we start regular season play," Mossman said. "I thought we progressed pretty well with that today. First day, really good. We progressed like we thought. We didn't have to leave anything out. We didn't have to stop at a certain point. So we feel good about where we are right now."

Tulsa plays two exhibition games prior to beginning the regular season at home against Texas Southern on Nov. 8. The Hurricane takes on Newman Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. and Rogers State on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. The season opener on Nov. 8 will tip off at 11:30 a.m.

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