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February 4, 2013

Women's college basketball roundup

WEST VIRGINIA 82, OU 63 – Christal Caldwell scored 24 points to lead West Virginia past No. 21 Oklahoma Sunday at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W. Va.

Oklahoma opened the game taking an 11-point lead, before Joanna McFarland, who totaled her fifth double-double in conference play, collected a second personal foul halfway through the first period. West Virginia finished the half with a 23-9 run as Oklahoma missed eight consecutive field goals during the span.

McFarland had 14 points and matched a career-high 16 rebounds, but played only 27 minutes due to foul trouble in both halves.

Two free throws by Caldwell closed OU’s first-half lead to 18-11 with 11 minutes remaining and McFarland fouled Crystal Leary on a rebound the next trip down the court.

Only Morgan Hook would score for the Sooners as OU missed 11 of its next 14 field goals to let the Mountaineers take the a 34-27 halftime advantage.

Hook also had 14 points with 10 coming in the paint as the Sooners were stalled beyond the arc all afternoon.

Oklahoma hit only five of 22 3-point attempts, nearly four shy of its average.

WVU’s lead was cut to single digits with 11 minutes left in the second half. But a fourth foul on McFarland sent Oklahoma’s most impactful player to the bench once more and the Sooners could not recover.

TULSA 78, SOUTHERN MISS 56 – A balanced attack and hot shooting by the Golden Hurricane propelled the Tulsa women’s basketball team to a win over Southern Miss on Sunday at the Reed Green Coliseum.

Tulsa improved to 8-13 on the season and 3-5 in Conference USA, while Southern Miss fell to 12-9 and 4-4 in C-USA play.

Tulsa shot 52.5 percent from the field, including 40 percent from beyond the arc.

“It makes a difference when you make shots,” said Tulsa coach Matilda Mossman. “We go from shooting 13 percent in the first half at UTEP (on Thursday night) and being down one to shooting 52 percent tonight and winning by 22. Making shots makes all the difference in the world. I’m proud of our players getting five players in double figures. I was happy we were able to play everyone, and it was a solid team victory.”

Leading the Hurricane charge was Taleya Mayberry, who had 17 points and five rebounds. Mayberry tied Larrissa Williams for second place on TU’s all-time scoring list with 1,512 points.

Kelsee Grovey added 16 points and four assists. Ashley Clark recorded a career high 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, while Kadan Brady tallied 10 points, all coming in the first half. Mariah Turner also had 10 points on the afternoon on 5-of-8 shooting.

Tiffani Couisnard recorded 10 rebounds while Loren McDaniel added nine boards as Tulsa outrebounded Southern Miss 42-34. The Hurricane scored 32 points in the paint, and tallied 25 points off the bench.

Southern Miss was led by Ance Celmina, who had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

MISS. ST. 47, ARKANSAS 44 – Quistelle Williams scored 16 points and had 14 rebounds but it was not enough as the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team fell at Mississippi State, 47-44, in Southeastern Conference action in Starkville, Miss., on Sunday.

Arkansas (15-7, 3-6 SEC)  rallied back from a 10-point halftime deficit to tie the game at 33 at the 10:30 mark when Dominique Wilson hit a five-foot floater making it 33-all.  Arkansas started the second half 6-for-6 and put together a 15-7 run to climb back into the game.  State (10-12, 2-7 SEC) lead by as many as 13 in the first half but the Razorback defense answered the call and forced some miscues by the Bulldogs as Arkansas’ shots began to fall.

Williams had a slow start to the game but rallied in the second half leading all scorers with 16 points.  It was her sixth double-double of her career.

As the game see-sawed back and forth in the late minutes of the game, neither team was able to step up and take control of the contest.

Tied a 42 with 3:27 to go in the game, Mississippi State pulled ahead after an Arkansas foul sent them to the line.  Katia May hit both bonus shots letting MSU pull ahead, 44-42.  The Bulldogs hit a jumper in the paint stretching the lead to four with just over two minutes to play.

Arkansas answered with a long jumper from Williams closing within two points.  The Razorbacks got a turnover from Mississippi State and charged down the floor for a last-second opportunity.

The Razorbacks got the look they wanted but the shot didn’t fall as time ran out.

“It’s a tough loss on the road,” Arkansas coach Tom Collen said.  “We were not able to take advantage of our opportunities and we let this one slip away.”

Senior Sarah Watkins battled foul trouble and finished with 15 points in 21 minutes while Wilson added eight points and seven rebounds for Arkansas.

For the game, Arkansas shot 32.1 percent on 17-for-53 from the floor.  The Razorbacks out-rebounded MSU, 43-35, but 20 Arkansas turnovers contributed to Sunday’s loss.

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