The Golden Hurricane women’s basketball team played a pair of conference games this week, splitting the results.
For their first game, they travelled to Houston, to face the Cougars. The first half was tightly contested, and neither team could find a way to break off a large lead. At the halftime break, Tulsa led by 2.
In the third quarter, though, the Golden Hurricane started to impose themselves on the game. They outscored the Cougars 15–2 in the opening seven minutes of the third quarter, pulling ahead for a 42–27 lead. For the rest of the game, Tulsa played solid defense, and were able to keep their lead from being jeopardized. They came away with a 79–62 victory, with senior Ashley Clark scoring a career high 33 points.
After the road win, Tulsa returned home to face the Memphis Tigers. Similarly to the game against Houston, the first half was close. The teams traded the lead a few times, and Memphis managed to take a small lead at halftime, 36–33.
The third quarter was tough for the Golden Hurricane. They were outscored 20–7 in the quarter, and had trouble with turnovers, from which the Tigers were able to create numerous scoring opportunities. In the fourth quarter, Tulsa scored 18 points, nearly as many as the 19 points they scored in the previous two quarters combined. Yet, it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback, and they fell 69–58.
Tulsa now has a 7–13 (4–5 American Athletic Conference) record. Next up on the schedule is the No. 1 ranked UConn Huskies, who come to the Reynolds Center on January 27.