Clark Hauls in the Honors
Junior guard Ashley Clark received the American Athletic Conference, College Sports Madness American Athletic Conference Player of the Week and was nominated for the BennettRank Game of the Week for her performance during Tulsa’s then 3-game winning streak. She was averaging 17.0 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game against East Carolina, SMU and UCF. In the game against UCF she scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Softball Storms Out of the Gate
Tulsa’s No. 21 ranked softball team kicked off their season in Arizona this past Friday and Saturday, beating Grand Canyon and Santa Clara twice each to start with a 4–0 record. Following those win, the Hurricane defeated Coloradao State 2–0 to sweep the invitational. The Hurricane were led by seniors Julie Kernen and Erica Sampson whose bats led Tulsa to victory. The Hurricane will head to Boca Raton, Florida for their next tournament, followed by a trip to Waco, Texas to play in the Baylor Invitational and then make their way to Tulsa for their first home game.
Head football coach Philip Montgomery has named Dan Bitson as the Director of Player Development for the upcoming season. Bitson previously worked as the receivers coach last year with Keevan Lucas, and the running backs coach with Trey Watts, Ja’Terian Douglas and Alex Singleton the two years prior as well as having played wide receiver for the Golden Hurrricane. Before coaching at TU he was the head coach at McClain’s High School in Tulsa.
The women’s tennis team has lost their first home match of the season against the No. 38 ranked Purdue. After leading early against the Boilermakers, the Hurricane were unable to prevent the upset and Purdue was able to steal the win after earning the 1, 2, 5 and 6 singles position points. This puts the overall record at 6–3. The women will look to bounce back against Oklahoma on Feb. 15. The men’s team lost 4–1 to No. 10 Baylor in a hard fought match. In their second top twenty matchup of the weekend, the men faced No. 17 Texas Christian University, losing 4–0. This puts their record 7–4, with their next match coming against in Fayetteville, Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks on Wednesday.
Soccer Signs Eleven
The men and womens’ soccer teams signed eleven students to the upcoming freshman class last week. The men’s team signed seven from around the country filling every position with at least one player. Head coach Tom McIntosh was quoted, “In terms of the overall group, we’ve added some of the better players in the country at their respective positions. It is a group that that has the ability to impact our team immediately. They come from winning cultures with their respective club teams and can help us achieve our own goals here at Tulsa.” The women’s team signed four of their own mostly from Texas and Oklahoma. Head coach Kyle Cussen said on the four; “We have a solid core of returning players, but this will fill needs and will help us immediately, as well as for the long term. It is a solid class that helps us take that next step toward a conference championship and an NCAA berth.”