Taleya Mayberry, Kelsee Grovey and Tiffani Couisnard all scored in double figures to lead Tulsa to a 67-65 lead over Tulane on Sunday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. The Golden Hurricane moved to 9-13 on the season and 4-5 in Conference USA, while the Green Wave fell to 17-5 overall and 6-3 in the league.
"As a team for us to shoot 71-perecent from the free throw line, that helped us win, obviously," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "When you are talking about a two-point ball game, making 15 free throws compared to your opponents' 10, that is the difference in the game. We set a goal at the turn, being halfway through the conference season, that we want to go out on a winning note in the second half. We went 3-5 in the first half of the conference slate, and now we are 1-0 in the second half. We got today and now we have to go to Houston, but it is one game at a time."
Mayberry had a team-leading 24 points and four assists, and added seven rebounds and a steal, while Grovey recorded 16 points, and Couisnard had 10 points, and game-bests of nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Mayberry's 24 points gives her second place in Tulsa's all-time scoring chart with 1,536 points.
Tulsa had 26 points in the paint, 23 points off turnovers and 13 second-chance points, and
shot 40-percent from the field, 38-percent from three-point range and 71-percent from the charity stripe.
Tulane had an 11-9 lead in steals and a 5-2 advantage in blocks, while both teams had 36 rebounds and 12 assists. Tulsa had 16 turnovers compared to the Green Wave's 17.
Tulsa jumped out to a 10-0 lead, including the first seven points from Mayberry, and climbed to a 14-point advantage with 13:02 on the clock, but the Green Wave went on a 15-0 scoring drive that spanned nearly seven minutes off the clock to a take a 19-18 lead at the 6:04 mark. Both teams traded baskets, but Tulane inched ahead to a six-point advantage (35-29) at the break. Tulsa shot a solid 40-percent from the field and 45-percent from behind the arc, but Tulane was 51-percent from the field and 44-percent from three-point range.
Tulsa had a 10-4 run to start the second frame to tie the contest at 39-all, and tied the contest three more times before taking the lead for the remainder of the contest with just 1:49 left to play.
The Green Wave was led by Whitney Bibbins with 22 points and Danielle Blagg with 12 points, both coming in off the bench. Tiffany Dale pulled down 10 rebounds and had five blocks, while Tyria Snow posted four assists.
Tulane had 45 points off the bench, 32 points in the paint and 20 points off turnovers. They shot 43-percent from the field, 29-percent from three-point range and 66-percent from the free throw line.
Tulsa will return to action on Thursday, February 14th against Houston. Game time is set for 7:00 pm at the Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas.