Taylor Hooker recorded her second career double-double, but it wasn't enough as Tulsa dropped a 66-64 decision to Memphis on Sunday afternoon at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse in Memphis, Tenn. TU fell to 12-14 on the season and 7-8 in Conference USA, while the Tigers moved to 22-6 overall and 12-3 in the league.
"It boils down to our turnovers and putting them at the free throw line," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "We had 24 turnovers and they shot 31 free throws. They haven't been a good free throw shooting team, but we didn't put them on the line on purpose. I am really proud of our effort and the way we fought. With just seven seconds left, I thought we were going to overtime, but it wasn't meant to be."
Taleya Mayberry scored a team-leading 23 points, including five three-point baskets which ties her career high set against Oral Roberts in 2010. Hooker added 18 points and pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds, marking the second time this season she has earned a double-double. Hooker and Tiffani Couisnard each had three assists, while Hooker, Couisnard and Jessica McQuin had two steals apiece.
Tulsa shot 42-percent on the day, including 10-of-22 from behind the arc, and was 6-of-12 from the line. The Golden Hurricane scored 20 points in the paint, 24 points off turnovers and 10 fast-break points.
The first half was tightly contested, consisting of 10 lead changes and two tied scores, and neither team had more than a two-basket lead. Tulsa shot 44-percent from the field, but did not attempt a shot from the free throw line, and the Hurricane had 15 turnovers in the first frame. Memphis shot 30-percent from the field and was 8-of-10 from the line, while picking up nine steals and having just seven turnovers in the first half.
There were 11 more lead changes and nine tied scores in the second half, but Memphis' Lonlack tapped the ball in off Danay Collier's missed layup with no time left for the win. Only three Tulsa players scored in the second half, including Mayberry with eight points, Hooker with seven and Couisnard with two.
Memphis had two players with double-doubles as Jasmine Lee had a team-best 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Nicole Dickson had 17 points and 10 boards. Ramses Lonlack added 19 points and a team-best six steals. The Tigers shot 35-percent from the field, just 11-percent from behind the arc and hit 25-of-31 chances from the free throw line. Memphis had a 40-37 advantage in rebounds and a 15-9 lead in steals.
Tulsa will conclude the regular season against SMU on Thursday, March 1st. Game time is set for 7:00 pm at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.