The Tulsa women's basketball team was defeated by UTEP 50-35 on Thursday at the Don Haskins Center. The Golden Hurricane falls to 7-13 and 2-5 in Conference USA action, while UTEP improved to 17-2 on the year, and 5-1 in C-USA play.
Leading the Hurricane was senior Taleya Mayberry who had a team-high 13 points. Freshman Kelsee Grovey had a career-high nine rebounds for TU, while junior Loren McDaniel also pulled down nine boards. Senior Tiffani Couisnard had eight rebounds.
The Golden Hurricane shot 20.6 percent from the field, while the Miners shot 36.1 percent from the floor. UTEP outrebounded TU 48-47, but Tulsa was able to grab 17 offensive rebounds during the contest.
The Golden Hurricane tallied 15 points from its bench compared to the Miners five, and had 12 second chance points in comparison to UTEP's nine. TU forced 19 turnovers, but committed 18 of its own which UTEP converted in 19 points.
UTEP was led by Kayla Thornton and Anete Steinberga, who combined for 29 of the Miners' 50 points, with 22 of those points coming in the second frame. Steinberga also had 10 rebounds, while Chrishauna Parker grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.
Tulsa stormed out of the gates in the second half with a 6-0 run to take a 22-17 advantage, its largest of the contest with 17:31 remaining. The Golden Hurricane run was keyed by Mayberry, who had five of the six points during the spurt. The Miners countered with an 18-2 run spanning 6:31 to take a lead it would never relinquish.
UTEP held a narrow 17-16 lead at half as the Miners led almost the entire half. Neither team shot well in the stanza, as TU shot 13.5 percent from the floor and UTEP shot 21.9 percent.
"Tonight, we were within one going into halftime," commented Head Coach Matilda Mossman. "We hadn't shot very well, but we were only down one with 16 points. We didn't make a field goal for a while, but we were still within one. The second half happened, and we had some defensive breakdowns and just couldn't score. They had that 18-2 run, and if we aren't scoring it is hard to continue to guard. In the end, we guarded decently, we held the second-place team in the conference to 50 points. We did some good things, we just couldn't get the ball in the hole."
TU will conclude the road trip on Sunday in Hattiesburg, Miss., as the Hurricane will face Southern Miss in a 2 p.m. matchup.