Claremore Daily Progress


December 21, 2013

NCAA WBB: Tulsa cruises past Abilene Christian, 81-61


TULSA — Six points was as close the Wildcats would make it though. Tulsa went on a 14-0 run over the next 4:03 to build the lead back to 20 points at 67-47 when Stevi Parker hit a jumper with 8:26 remaining in the contest.

The Hurricane kept its lead between 18 and 23 points over the final eight minutes taking its largest lead of 23 points with 2:10 remaining when Jasmine Vasquez's layup made the score 79-56.

It took the Hurricane some time before scoring its first points of the game. It was 2:20 before Tulsa scored its first basket, coming on a Kelsee Grovey jumper, then Tulsa took its first lead at 3-2. Mariah Turner's layup at the 16:27 mark knotted the score at 5 points apiece, and Turner added a free throw and jump-hook to put the Hurricane ahead 8-5.

Tulsa never trailed the rest of the game after taking that three-point lead, building its first half lead to as many as 20 points twice.

The Hurricane took a double-digit lead on a three-pointer by Grovey with 5:55 remaining in the first half to make the score 25-13. Tulsa scored the next eight points on free throws by Liesl Spoerl and layups by Webster, Grovey and Ashley Hughes for a 33-13 lead at the 3:30 mark.

Abilene Christian outscored Tulsa 10-9 in the final three minutes of the first half as the first 20 minutes ended with the Hurricane ahead 42-23.

In the first half, Tulsa's Parker scored a team-high eight points, followed by seven points from Grovey and Ashley Hughes. The Hurricane got 20 points off the bench and shot 42-percent from the field. Tulsa forced 17 Wildcat turnovers with 11 steals, while scoring 14 points off those turnovers.

The Hurricane women go on the road next Sunday at Kansas for a 2 pm game, then plays in the Fordham Tournament in New York City, Dec. 29-30. Tulsa faces Harvard in the first game, then will play either Fordham or UNC-Greensboro the following day.

Tulsa will not return to the Donald W. Reynolds Center until Saturday, January 4th when the Hurricane women take on Valparaiso in a non-conference game at 2:30 p.m. The women's game follows the Tulsa men vs. Cal State Fullerton, which begins at 12 noon.

Text Only
  • DSC_0344web.jpg ‘Lucky 7’ comes through in the 3rd

    Over the course of his four-year baseball career at Verdigris High School, third baseman Ryan Skalnik has had his share of memorable at-bats.
    None more important than Tuesday’s appearance in the Large School East-West All-State Game at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa.
    Skalnik, who was the lone senior this season for Verdigris and a four-time Class 3A state champion, thrived under pressure in the top of the third inning for the East.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • BASEBALL: Larue, Skalnik power East to 3-0 victory

    The East blanked the West 3-0 in the Large School All-State Baseball Game Tuesday night at J. L. Johnson Stadium on the campus of Oral Roberts University.
    Claremore catcher Matt Whatley and third baseman Ryan Skalnik of Verdigris represented Rogers County in the contest.
    Skalnik finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI's.  Whatley was 0-for-1 with a walk.

    July 30, 2014

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sooners introduce mobile ticket delivery

    Sooners fans can now choose mobile delivery of their tickets for University of Oklahoma Athletics events. This new option for 2014 allows fans to present their mobile tickets on their smartphones at the entrance of OU Athletics facilities.

    August 1, 2014

  • Rick Cooper 'perfect AD hire' for Wayland Baptist

    Some of the best years of Rick Cooper's life were spent at Wayland Baptist University and in Plainview. Now, he's back for more.
    Cooper, who played and coached basketball at Wayland for 15 years before spending the last 20 years as head men's basketball coach at West Texas A&M University, is the new director of athletics at his alma mater.

    August 1, 2014

  • OCU's Abbott tabbed SAC Athletic Director of the Year

    Jim Abbott of Oklahoma City University has been selected Sooner Athletic Conference athletic director of the year.

    August 1, 2014

  • Matthews named Southwestern Christian women's basketball coach

    Darrick Matthews has been named head women's basketball coach at Southwestern Christian University.
    Matthews previously served as a men's basketball assistant and junior varsity coach at Southwestern Christian. Matthews also serves as a professor of sports management at SCU.

    August 1, 2014

  • Sooner Athletic Conference names new information director

    Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) Commissioner John Hudson has announced that veteran sports information director Justin Tinder will serve as the new media Information director for the 10-member NAIA conference.

    August 1, 2014

  • Ex-Hog standout Scotty Thurman joins Razorback Sports Network

    Former Arkansas Razorback Scotty Thurman is joining the Razorback Sports Network as a color analyst for Arkansas men's basketball games this season.

    August 1, 2014

  • WNBA: Hayes sparks Dream past Shock, 85-75

    Tiffany Hayes scored a career-high 27 points, Angel McCoughtry added 21 and Erika DeSouza had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Atlanta Dream to a 85-75 victory over Tulsa on Thursday night.

    August 1, 2014