Six Tulsa players scored in double figures to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 97-35 win over Langston in the final non-conference game on Thursday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. TU's 97 points was just shy of the school record (98) set against East Central Oklahoma State in 1980. Tulsa moved to 5-8 on the season, while the Lions fell to 2-9 overall.
"Going into the game, we felt that if we could get a lead it would give us an opportunity to play some of our players that don't get a lot of playing time," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "Antoinet and Jasmine got more playing time, and the lead gave us an opportunity to start Mariah in the second half and for her to play with Loren longer than usual."
Taleya Mayberry led the Hurricane attack with 20 points, followed by Kelsee Grovey with 17, Loren McDaniel with 12, Ashley Clark and Mariah Turner with 11 points each, and Jasmine Vasquez added 10. Vasquez set a new personal scoring best, while Grovey tied her previous mark of 17, which she set against Illinois earlier this season.
Turner pulled down a team-leading 11 rebounds to set a new career record and to earn her first career double-double. McDaniel had eight boards, while Vasquez had seven, and Mayberry and Clark both had six. Mayberry tallied seven steals and five assists to lead TU in both categories.
Tulsa shot 43-percent from the field, but went just 6-of-23 for 26-percent from three-point range, and was 59-percent from the charity stripe. The Hurricane had 58 points in the paint, 43 points off turnovers and 43 fast-break points, and 37 points off the bench. TU had a 55-39 advantage in rebounds, a 24-6 lead in assists and a 26-5 advantage in steals, while Langston had all four blocks in the game.
The Hurricane climbed to a 45-point lead at the break, 57-12, and was led by McDaniel and Grovey who each had 12 points. Kadan Brady hit a free throw to put Tulsa on the board first, but Lexus Smith put the Lions up 2-1. Mayberry countered with a free throw to tie the game and earned the go-ahead point, but both teams traded baskets and the game was tied at 7-all with 14:37 on the clock. TU then went on a 37-1 run that spanned 11:32 off the clock to take a 44-8 lead, and finished the half with a 13-4 scoring drive.
In the second frame, the Hurricane continued to inch ahead to claim a 65-point advantage with 4:34 left to play and ended the contest with the 62-point win, the largest margin of victory in school history. The previous best was a 53-point win against Memphis on January 15, 2006.
The Hurricane's 57 points in the first frame set a new school record for the most points scored in one half. The previous best was 54 against San Jose State on January 30, 2003.
The Lions were led by Victoria Felix with 18 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Tela Wilcox-Pugh added eight points, Tayla Vaughn had seven boards and four assists, and Lexus Smith had three blocks. LU shot 27-percent from the field, 27-percent from behind the arc and 50-percent (2-of-4) from the free throw line.
Tulsa returns to action in the Conference USA opener on Wednesday, January 9th against UTEP. Game time is set for 7:00 pm at the Reynolds Center.
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