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Tulsa wins at UTSA in C-USA opener

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University of Tulsa Sports Information Department

It was Mariah Turner’s turn to shine as Tulsa took a 73-62 over UTSA in women’s college basketball action Wednesday night in San Antonio. It was the Conference USA opener for both teams.

The junior forward from Norman (Okla.) led the Golden Hurricane (7-5 overall, 1-0 in C-USA) with 16 points, Kelsee Grovey and Ashley Clark finished in double digits with 15 and 14 points respectively. Clark was one rebound short of a double-double as she finished with nine boards.

Tulsa led by as much as six points in the first half, but found itself engaged in 34-34 tie at intermission after the Roadrunners rallied to tie it.

A 12-1 run capped by an inside layup from Erika Lane upped the score to 46-35 for the Golden Hurricane early in the second half.

TU”s largest margin was by 15 points on two occasions, the last on an inside the paint basket from Grovey with 4:10 left, extending the lead to 69-54.

The Golden Hurricane made half their shots from the floor as they converted 50 percent (24-of-48), including four treys. The Roadrunners hit 35 percent (24-of-69) and made only one trey. Both teams connected on 62 percent (Tulsa, 21-of-34; UTSA, 13-of-21) of their free throws shots.

UTSA finished with a 40-37 rebounding advantage over Tulsa.

"I am really pleased with way we rebounded in second half," Tulsa coach Matilda Mossman said. "We gave up too many offensive rebounds in first half, so the way we came back and battled, even though we got outrebounded, we got more box outs and more offensive rebounds in the second half."

Kamra King led UTSA with 15 points and Mannasha Bell scored 11. Niaga Cole-Mitchell finished with 10 rebounds for the Roadrunners.

TU remains on the road as it goes to El Paso, Texas, Saturday to meet UTEP. That game tips off at 2:30 p.m.