This season has been a rough one for the Golden Hurricane women’s basketball team. They have posted a 6–12 (3–4 American Athletic Conference) record to this point, and have struggled against both conference and nonconference opponents.
Their final three nonconference games included a game against a ranked Oklahoma squad, and Tulsa posted a 1–2 record over those three games.
The Oklahoma game was the final home non-conference game for the Golden Hurricane, and they fell 75–62. They fell behind early, and though they outscored the Sooners in the later parts of the game, the comeback fell short.
Tulsa then travelled to face the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where they earned a 74–63 victory behind Ashley Clark tying her career high with 26 points. However, they proceeded to drop their next game, 75–59, on the road against Northern Iowa.
That capped an underwhelming performance in nonconference play, and the team headed into their conference schedule.
The Golden Hurricane opened up conference play on a strong note, earning two victories in their first two games. They beat East Carolina and Southern Methodist each by two points, 81–79 and 56–54, respectively.
The short streak ended quickly when Tulsa travelled to Connecticut to face the Huskies, the No. 1 ranked team in the country.
That was a tough game, and the Golden Hurricane predictably fell to the undefeated Huskies, 95–35. After that game, they faced another tough road game, at Temple. They again fell, this time 66–46.
However, the team ended the three-game road trip on a positive note, as they travelled to Memphis and defeated the Tigers, 65–59.
After getting that win, though, the Golden Hurricane are currently on a two game skid, and both losses came at home.
First up was Cincinnati, who scraped out a 55–53 win, narrowly coming away with the road win. Then, Tulsa had a tough time handling the visiting Tulane Green Wave, and dropped that game 71–47.
This season, the Golden Hurricane hasn’t struggled with long losing streaks. Rather, they’ve only lost more than two games in a row once, but haven’t been able to string wins together.
In conference play so far, Tulsa has been able to come out on top of most of the close games, but has been in a few games where they have been significantly outmatched.
They sit at seventh in the AAC standings, and are going to need to come up with some sets of consecutive wins at some point during the rest of the season to move up in the conference.