TU Women's Basketball Falls To Thundering Herd


Saturday, January 10th 2009, 11:52 pm
By: News On 6


TulsaHurricane.com and NewsOn6.com

TULSA, OK -- The University of Tulsa women's basketball team dropped a 51-37 decision to Marshall on Saturday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. The Golden Hurricane fell to 5-10 on the season and 1-2 in Conference USA, while the Thundering Herd moved to 9-6 overall and 2-1 in the league.

Despite going scoreless in the first half, Larrissa Williams finished with a team-high 13 points, and pulled down seven boards and totaled five blocks. Kara Vaughan added eight points and Chanel Johnson scored six points.

TU and Marshall traded baskets and TU took a game-high three-point lead, 10-7, at the 12:48 mark. The Thundering Herd then went on an 11-0 run to make it 18-10, holding TU scoreless for over seven minutes and took a 25-16 advantage into the break.

The Golden Hurricane pulled to within five points to start the second half, but had a three minute scoring drought followed by a six minute scoring drought that led to a game-high 17-point, 50-33, lead by the Thundering Herd.

For Marshall, Alyssa Hammond tallied 18 points, while Casey Baker also scored in double figures with 14. Tania Walters had a team-best nine rebounds.

The Thundering Herd out-rebounded the Hurricane, 49-32. TU shot just 29-percent from the field, went 0-of-8 from behind the arc and shot 71-percent from the charity stripe.

TU will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 18th taking on SMU beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Reynolds Center. This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season, as the Mustangs won, 67-56, at their place on Jan. 3rd.