Women’s basketball splits week, sets record

The Golden Hurricane women’s basketball team set a school record in points against East Carolina this week, putting up 100 points in the eight point win over the Pirates. They traveled to Connecticut over the weekend, losing 96–50.

Freshman led the way against the Pirates with Kendrian Elliott (27) and Shug Dickson (20) both putting up 20-plus point games for the Golden Hurricane. This was the fifth time in the last six games that Dickson put up 20 or more points.

The first two quarters saw the teams trade the lead as neither would let the other one get any sort of early edge. The first quarter ended tied at 19, and the first half ended with a one-point advantage for the Golden Hurricane 38–37.

Tulsa came out of the break and took the lead again 40–37, but East Carolina tied it at 40 before Tulsa responded with an 18–11 run to take the largest lead of the game, and they went into the final quarter up 58–51.

The Golden Hurricane extended their lead to 11 in the fourth quarter, but a 15–3 run by East Carolina erased their deficit and gave the Pirates a 79–78 lead with only 52 seconds left to play.

Dickson scored four unanswered points to take a 82–79 lead, but East Carolina made a free throw and a buzzer beater to send the game into overtime.

The Golden Hurricane scored the first seven points of extra period and went on to outscore the Pirates 18–10 giving them the 100–92 win.

Head Coach Matilda Mossman discussed the Golden Hurricane’s performance after the win. “I am just really proud of our kids. It was a gutty effort by a bunch of people. Look at how many minutes Erika [Wakefield] played with 42, but she is a trooper and a stud. Kendrian had a career-high 27 points and her a Liesl [Spoerl] both get a double-double, and Shug finishes just one board shy of a double-double. All of them were just solid tonight.”

“I didn’t think we defended well early on, but then we went through a spurt where we had to get stops and we did. It is just an unbelievable feeling knowing we had the kind of effort and got rewarded for our effort.”

On Sunday Tulsa traveled to take on the Huskies, but the result was similar to their first game of the season. Dickson and Ebony Parker put up double-digits for the Golden Hurricane, but they couldn’t stop UConn’s offensive pressure.

The next game for the Golden Hurricane is against Temple on Wednesday.

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