Tulsa Women's Comeback Attempt Falls Short

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:12 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Feb 13, 2011 4:40 PM CDT

Corey DeMoss
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

DALLAS – The Tulsa women’s basketball team nearly overcame a terrible offensive start, but fell just short in a 66-58 loss to SMU Sunday.

The Golden Hurricane (5-14, 1-10) scored just 12 points on 4-of-31 shooting in the first half. Taleya Mayberry made three of the team’s four field goals and scored eight of its 12 points.

Despite the awful shooting start, TU only trailed SMU (13-11, 6-5) by 14 points at halftime, and both teams shot significantly better in the second half.

The Tulsa deficit stayed around 14 for much of the second half until the Golden Hurricane went on a 13-4 run in the closing minutes. But by that point it was too late, and SMU sank late free throws to seal the win.

Tulsa shot 53 percent from the field in the second half to make its final shooting percentage look more respectable. Mayberry led all scorers with 24 points, Loren McDaniel scored 11 and Chanice Scott added 10 points.

Delisha Wills and Christine Elliot led SMU with 15 points each, and Elliott also added 13 rebounds for the game’s only double-double.

The Hurricane now has lost seven games in a row and has not won since Jan. 16. It will return to Tulsa to host Houston in its next game at 7 p.m. Thursday.