TULSA — Four Tulsa players scored in double-figures as the Golden Hurricane claimed a 20-point victory, 81-61, over Abilene Christian in front of 407 fans Saturday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Sophomores Ashley Clark and Kelsee Grovey shared scoring honors with 14 points apiece, while freshman Stevi Parker and sophomore Antoinet Webster chipped in with 10 points, respectively.
Tulsa improved to 4-3 on the season, while Abilene Christian fell to 6-3 with the largest deficit of its three losses.
The Wildcats had three double-digit scorers as Suzzy Dimba led the way with 16 points, and Renata Marquez and Lizzy Dimba had 14 points apiece.
The Hurricane shot 45-percent for the game, while holding Abilene Christian to 33-percent from the field and just 16.7 percent from three-point range. Tulsa received solid contributions from the bench with 40 points and 23 rebounds from the reserves. Tulsa also forced the Wildcats into 24 turnovers.
Tulsa had a 19-point halftime lead, but Abilene Christian trimmed it to six points in the second half. The Wildcats scored the first nine points in the first two minutes of the second half to slice the Tulsa lead to 42-32 at the 18:02 mark. Abilene Christian cut its' deficit to under 10 points, 42-34, on a Whitney West layup at the 17:11 mark.
"We just didn't get off to a very good start in the second half," said Tulsa Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "We have a lot of nice kids, we don't' have a blood thirsty hunger that I'd prefer. We need to go after teams when we have them down because right now we let them come back. We finally found the next gear and got the lead back up, but I am not happy with just outscoring them by one in the second half."
Tulsa went ahead by 13 points at the 15:41 mark with a 49-36 lead before the Wildcats snipped the lead to six points twice over the next four minutes at 51-45 with 12:25 to play and 53-47 at the 12:02 mark.