This season has started out rough for the Golden Hurricane women’s basketball team, who sit at 2–6 so far.
Their first game brought Kansas State to the Reynolds Center. The Golden Hurricane had a balanced offensive attack, but couldn’t hold off the Wildcats. They dropped the game 75–67.
In their second game, they travelled to Saint Louis to face the Billikens. Erika Wakefield led Tulsa in scoring with 21 points in the game, a career high, but again the Golden Hurricane had a tough time holding off their opponents at the other end. They fell in this game as well, 82–73.
Next up was in-town rival Oral Roberts. This game was much lower scoring than the other two. Tulsa didn’t shoot well from the field in this game, especially from beyond the three-point arc, and fell 59–53.
In their fourth game, the Golden Hurricane finally put a tally in the win column. They faced Arkansas, and ran out to a large lead. Their largest lead hit 18 points, before Arkansas tried to push themselves back into the game. Tulsa held off the rally, and notched the 74–67 win.
The Golden Hurricane’s next two games came in the UNLV Lady Rebel Round-Up tournament, and Tulsa didn’t fair so well in it.
In their first matchup, they faced Drake. Though Tulsa did well on the offensive end, they couldn’t stop Drake from scoring, conceding 31 points in both the first and fourth quarters. They fell 91–80 on the game.
Their next tournament game was the closest game of their season so far, against George Mason. The Patriots took an early lead in the game, and the Golden Hurricane just couldn’t complete the comeback, falling 64–63.
The Golden Hurricane then faced Grambling State. They cruised in this game, as Kelsee Grovey led the way with 21 points, as Tulsa shot well to earn the 79–51 victory.
After their second win of the year, Tulsa fell in their latest game, against Indiana State. The Golden Hurricane held a lead throughout the first half, but couldn’t keep it as the game continued on into the later stages. It was a close contest, but Indiana State ended up on top, 67–63.
After a rough start, conference play is fast approaching. Conference play is typically the harder part of the schedule for the year, so hopefully the Golden Hurricane can get a couple wins heading into that part of their schedule to be at their best when it comes.