Turnovers Haunt Tigers in 79-68 Loss at Tulsa
Feb. 28, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - - The Univesity of Memphis women's basketball team committed 21 turnovers and could not slow down a Tulsa team that shot 49.1 percent from the field in a 79-68 loss, Thursday.
"I have to admit that I'm disappointed in this team right now, I'm even upset if you'll ask me," Melissa McFerrin said. "We keep expecting it to be easy. We have our backs up against the wall right now. We play two of our last three games on the road and we had to steal one of them. Missing this one means we have to get the one at East Carolina, and they are second in the league right now."
Neither defense was finding many stops in the early going. Tulsa hit 8-of-13 to start the game, and the Tigers were 6-for-13, including 3-for-4 to start the game.
The Tigers tried to use the three-point line to stay close, but back to back Tulsa triples stretched the home team's lead to 25-18 with 10:20 to play. The Tigers pulled back within three following an Abdul-Qaadir triple with 9:19 to play, but the Tigers' defense didn't get back in time and gave up a transition lay-up to Tiffani Couisnard, who finished with six first half points. That bucket started an 8-2 Tulsa run that pushed the Golden Hurricane lead to 33-25 with 5:03 to play.
A layup from Ann Jonessnapped that run, but Tulsa got right back out in transition and attacked the paint, and the Tigers scored just two more field goals in the final 4:35 of the half and trailed 40-34 at the break.
Memphis came out of the locker room and used an 8-4 run to cut the deficit to 44-42 with 16:33 to go, forcing Tulsa to call a timeout to adjust to the Tiger pressure. And Tulsa came out of that timeout and went right at the Tiger defense, starting a 6-0 run and eventually forcing Memphis to take a timeout of its own just four possessions later. But the Tigers committed turnovers of three of the next four trips and out of a media timeout with six on the shot clock, Tulsa's Kelsee Grovey drained a three right in front of the Golden Hurricanes bench to blow the lead open to double-digits at 63-53.
The Tigers second half turnovers kept the team from mounting any real run from there, as Tulsa knocked down 15-of-20 shots from the free-throw line to preserve the 79-68 victory.
Ariel Hearn led Memphis with 18 points, while Abdul-Qaadir finished with 14 points. Nicole Dickson scored 11 points with eight rebounds in the loss. Asianna Fuqua-Beyled all players with nine rebounds in the loss.
Tulsa had four players in double figures, led by 17 from Taleya Mayberry. Kelsee Grovey added 16 points and Tiffani Couisnard just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Memphis will play its final regular season road game at East Carolina, Sunday, at 1 p.m. (ET).