That’s three! Women win out on the home-stand

With their two home wins this week, the Golden Hurricane women’s basketball team is currently on their longest win streak of the season, at three games.

On Wednesday, Tulsa hosted the SMU Mustangs to play in the Reynolds Center. TU jumped out to a 14–7 lead on the Mustangs just five minutes into the game, but SMU fought back, bringing the score to a tie multiple times throughout the half. The game remained close, with TU edging out a 31–29 lead into the half.

In the beginning of the second half, the game remained close. Leading by 7 with six and a half minutes remaining, Tulsa went on a run to increase the lead to 19 with a minute left, sealing the victory. The Hurricane were led by Teanna Reid, who scored a career high 19 points to lead Tulsa. It came down to Tulsa being the better shooters throughout the game, shooting 47.5 percent compared to SMU’s 33.3 percent.

Junior guard Kelsee Grovey goes up for the shot against Central Florida in the Hurricane's win.

Junior guard Kelsee Grovey goes up for the shot against Central Florida in the Hurricane’s win.

The Golden Hurricane then faced UCF on Saturday. In the first half, UCF quickly pulled ahead for a 10–1 lead after four minutes of play. Tulsa then found their rhythm and knotted the game at 15 each with ten minutes left in the half.

From there, TU kept the pressure on, and pushed in front for a ten point lead with four minutes remaining in the first half. However, UCF went on a 10–0 run to close the half, sending the teams into the locker rooms with the score tied.

The second half was tightly contested, and neither team could pull ahead. Until one minute left in the game, no team led by more than five points in the second half. But with a minute remaining, Tulsa pulled ahead for a 7 point lead and hung on to win by nine in a 70–61 win. Ashley Clark led the Hurricane with 23 points in the game, with 10 of those points coming in the first half.

The Golden Hurricane were able to hold the conference leading scorer Zykira Lewis—who averages 20.2 points per game—to a season low 7 points. This win gave head coach Matilda Mossman her 200th career win and 53rd at Tulsa. Mossman had this to say after the win: “We can’t go soft now and feel comfortable. We have to maintain what we’ve done.”

Tulsa brings their record over .500 at 11–10 (6–4 American Athletic Conference). They return to action on Saturday, Feb. 7 when they travel to face Houston.

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