Tulsa could not overcome a slow start as it lost a road battle, 65-54, to St. Louis Tuesday night.
The Golden Hurricane (3-2) trailed 38-25 at halftime and outscored the Billikens 29-27 in the second half. St. Louis (3-5) increased its advantage to 55-33 with 8:42 remaining in the game before Tulsa trimmed the deficit with a 21-10 run.
"We got off to a bad start,” Tulsa coach Matilda Mossman said. “They had us on our heels and we fouled and put them at the free throw line. We've been down by 15 and came back and won twice this season, but it is pretty impossible to come back from 22 points. Saint Louis was more prepared and played harder and that is something we have to fix."
Erika Wright was the scoring leader for Tulsa with 11 points. Ashley Clark, who led the team with a double-double one week earlier in a victory over Oral Roberts, led in rebounding with 11 boards.
TU shot 35 percent (20-of-57) from the field, including 20 percent (4-of-20) from three-point range, and hit 76 percent (10-of-13) from the free throw line.
St. Louis was led by Erin Nelson and Jamesia Price, each with 14 points, while Desirae Ball scored 12 and Denisha Womack put up 10.
The Billikens shot 33 percent (19-of-57) from the field, 23 percent (3-of-13) in 3s and 82 percent (24-of-29) from the free throw line.
TU’s next game is Saturday against UALR at home. The game will tip off at 1 p.m. and will be the front end of a doubleheader with the men, who play the same school at 3:30 p.m.