Tulsa women cruise to 89-38 exhibition win over USAO

TULSA–Rebecca Lescay scored a game-high 17 points as Tulsa cruised to an 89-38 exhibition game victory over the USAO Drovers Thursday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

Lescay converted on 8-of-13 field goals and added three steals and two assists to go along with her game-high scoring effort. A trio of freshmen, KK Rodriguez, Desiree Lewis and Elin Hrafnkelsdottir and junior Addison Richards also scored in double digits as 10 of Tulsa’s 12 players scored in the game. Rodriguez had 13 points, Lewis and Richards each had 11 and Hrafnkelsdottir ended the game with 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Tulsa shot 47.6 percent from the field and 44-percent from three-point range for the game, while holding USAO to just 33-percent shooting from the field and only 1-of-12 from three-point range.

Tulsa held the Drovers to single-digits in each of the final three quarters, outscoring USAO 25-9 in the second, 21-9 in the third period and 21-8 in the fourth.

The Hurricane added to its 26-point halftime lead to take a 38-point lead, 68-30, after three quarters and reached a 40-point margin, 75-35, at the 6:24 mark of the final stanza. Tulsa surpassed 50 points with 2:33 remaining in the contest when Richards’ three-pointer put the Hurricane ahead 86-35.

Tulsa jumped out to a 10-1 lead within the first four minutes of the game as Lescay scored six of the 10 Hurricane points. Tulsa ran its lead to 18-5 before settling for a first-quarter advantage of 22-12.

The Hurricane scored the first 11 points of the second quarter before a USAO free throw ended Tulsa’s run to make the score 33-13 at the 5:21 mark. Tulsa increased its lead to 25 points, 38-13, with a little more than four minutes left in the first half, and ended the first 20 minutes with its biggest lead of 26 points at 47-21.

As a team, Tulsa shot 44-percent from the field and 43-percent from behind the arc in the first half, while Lescay had a team-high 10 points, followed by Lewis’ nine points.

The game was part of Tulsa’s Trimble Strong Athletic Weekend as the Golden Hurricane has teamed with former Jenks High School football coach Allan Trimble and his Trimble Strong Foundation to bring awareness to ALS, a disease that Trimble suffers from.

Tulsa opens the regular season Tuesday with a noon game against the Stetson Hatters at the Reynolds Center.

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