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Tulsa allowed over a dozen 3-point field goals in succumbing to a 91-86 loss to Florida Atlantic Saturday at the Reynolds Center.

The Owls sank 13 treys, which was a Reynolds Center record.

Kimberly Smith, who had nine of those treys, a double-double with a game-high 33 points and 10 rebounds for Florida Atlantic. Briah Blakely scored 14 points, Shanequ Schrouder scored 11 and Latavia Dempsey had 10.

The loss marked the third straight for TU (10-10 overall, 4-5 in Conference USA), who led by Kelsee Grovey’s career-high 24 points. Mariah Turner finished with 19 points, also a career-best. Ashley Clark and Kadan Brady also finished with 17 and 11 points, respectively, and Stevi Parker finished with 11 rebounds, her second straight in that department.

"We had four people in double figures, two with career-highs, scored 86 points, shot 47-percent and had 17 assists," said Tulsa coach Matilda Mossman. "When you look at what we did offensively we were really good, but that won't win you ball games if you don't guard anybody. More of half their attempts were three-point attempts and we couldn't get out kids to contest it.

"Kimberly Smith got off to a great start and never cooled off," Mossman said. "It wasn't like we didn't know going in that she was a terrific three-point shooter, but we just could not get anyone in her face. We were a good foot off her every time."

The game was tied 41-41 at halftime. Then Grovey drilled a 3-pointer to break the tie less than two minutes into the second half.

Florida Atlantic (13-9, 3-6) then took over and led 70-59 after a 3 from Blakely with 9:59 left in the game. TU would get as close as to within five points, including the final score, on four times.

Tulsa out-rebounded Florida Atlantic 47-33 despite the loss, but shot 47 percent (32-of-68), 37 percent (7-of-19) in 3s and 79 percent (15-of-19) from the free throw line.

The Owls converted on 44 percent (30-of-69) of their shots, 34 percent (13-of-38) from the 3-point circle and 69 percent (18-of-26) in free throws.

The Golden Hurricane will host Rice at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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