TULSA — Grovey's three-pointer at the 5:03 mark gave Tulsa a double digit lead at 68-56 that the Hurricane would never relinquish the rest of the game. Brady knocked down her fourth three-pointer of the half to put the Hurricane ahead 71-56 with 4:34 on the clock. The sophomore had a layup at the 3:46 mark to give Tulsa its largest lead of 17 points at 73-56.
After converting only 2-of-7 three-pointers in the first half, the Hurricane scorched the nets in the final 20 minutes by connecting on 6-of-9 treys for 67-percent.
Tulsa ended the first half with a 32-30 lead after leading by as many as eight points three times in the first 20 minutes. Couisnard opened the scoring for the Hurricane with a layup 0:12 into the contest. Tulsa's lead was kept within four points in the first 14 minutes. Brady had consecutive driving layups to put the Hurricane ahead 27-19 at the 5:07 mark.
Houston then out-scored Tulsa 11 to three in the over the next four plus minutes to tie the game at 30-30 with 0:40 left on the first-half clock. Two McQuin free throws gave Tulsa the two-point lead at halftime.
Mayberry had a game-high 13 points in the first half for the Hurricane, while Houston's Thompson scored 12 points. The Cougars had a 10-rebound advantage on the boards, 28-18 in the first half, but points in the pain were even at 16 points apiece. Tulsa had 10 fast-break points in the first 20 minutes.
Mossman talked about the Tulsa senior class after the game.
"When you have a coaching change, it is easy as a player to not buy in or maybe feel cheated a little bit, but these guys have been accepting of us from the very beginning and have done everything that we've asked. They've let us coach them and lead them, and I just hope we can end things in a big way for them," said Mossman.
The C-USA Basketball Championships runs from March 13-16 at the Tulsa Convention Center and BOK Center in downtown Tulsa. The women's championship bracket will be announced followed Saturday's games.