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.