TULSA – Senior Shameka Christon posted her sixth double-double of the season with 21 points and 14 rebounds as she led the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks past the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 64-43, in women’s college basketball.
The Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer this week, Christon notched a career high in rebounds in the game, and sat for the final five minutes of the contest as Arkansas had the game well in hand midway through the second half.
Arkansas, 5-1, has the next nine days off for final exams, while Tulsa, 3-2, had one of its best starts in school history put to an end.
The Lady’Backs were coming off a disappointing game at top 25 TCU over the weekend, and head coach Susie Gardner got the change in effort she was looking for against the Golden Hurricane.
“We talked about putting two halves together, and tonight we did it,” Gardner said. “Our defense set the tone for the entire game. There was an intensity that lasted the entire game.”
Arkansas took a seven-point halftime lead and quickly turned it into a rout. The second half began with a steal and bucket off the Tulsa inbounds by Rochelle Vaughn, a play that Gardner felt sealed the game.
“When Ro(chelle) sets the tone with a steal to start the half, it becomes a team thing,” Gardner said. “The rest of the team wants to get in on it.”
Christon led the 16-4 run to put Arkansas ahead, 44-25. The Lady’Back defense held Tulsa without a field goal for over 10 minutes into the second half until Candice Brewer’s three-pointer with 9:57 left in the game.
Tulsa shot only 15.4% for the second half and 21.2% for the game.
Neither team shot particularly well to open the game, but toward the end of the first half Arkansas found its three-point range. Senior Shanna Harmon’s first bucket of the year began a run of three-pointers to help push Arkansas into the lead for good.
Back-to-back treys from April Seggebruch followed as Arkansas was off to the races. Christon capped the half with a reverse layup and a 28-21 halftime lead.
Christon almost had her double in the first half, picking up 10 points and nine rebounds.
Ruby Vaden had 13 points and seven rebounds as Arkansas’ other double-digit scorer in only 17 minutes played.
Arkansas dominated the glass with 53 rebounds to TU’s 41. Sophomore Kristin Moore came off the bench for a season high-tying eight rebounds.
Tulsa was led by Brewer with 15 points.