Turner's career night helps UTSA rally past Tulsa on Tuesday night, 90-89
EL PASO — Miki Turner scored a career-high 32 points and hit the game-winning free throw with 12 seconds left, as 15th-seeded UTSA completed a day of upsets at the opening round of the Conference USA Tournament with a 90-89 come-from-behind victory against 10th-seed Tulsa late Tuesday night at Memorial Gym.
The Roadrunners (14-16) advanced to the second round, where they will face seventh-seeded Old Dominion (16-14) at 8:30 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday. The Lady Monarchs (16-14) handed UTSA a 68-57 setback in their first meeting of the season back on Feb. 22.
Turner’s career night was the fifth-highest single game scoring output in program history and most points for a Roadrunner since Ashleigh Franklin poured in 33 against Sam Houston State on March 8, 2011. Turner’s previous career-high of 19 was set on Jan. 18 at North Texas.
Joining Turner in double figures were Mathilde Hergott with 18 points, who connected on a career-high six 3-pointers, and Ashley Spaletta, who scored 17 and tied a season-high with five triples. The Roadrunners set season highs in points (90), field goals made (30) and 3-pointers (13).
The Golden Hurricane (12-16) led by as many as 15 in the second half and was up by eight (72-64) with 7:13 to play before UTSA began to rally.
The Birds reeled off seven consecutive points to whittle the deficit down to one (74-73) with 4:42 to play in the contest.
Tulsa halted the sequence with four straight points before a Turner free throw was followed by one of Hergott’s half dozen triples, which tied things up at 78 with 2:55 left.
It was back-and-forth down the stretch with four lead changes and the game seemed destined for overtime before a foul on Tulsa sent Turner to the line. She misfired on her first attempt but calmly drilled the second.
Tulsa quickly worked the ball up the court and a good pass gave Kelsee Grovey a clean look but the shot wouldn’t go down and UTSA’s Kamra King came down with the loose rebound, sealing the come-from-behind win for the Roadrunners.
UTSA finished at 46.9 percent from the field (30-of-64), including 13-of-23 (56.5 percent) from beyond the arc. The 13 triples rank as the second-most in C-USA Tournament history.
Meanwhile, the Golden Hurricane was even sharper, connecting on 50.7 percent (34-of-67) of its shots. Tulsa also won the rebounding battle (42-34) and committed only 10 turnovers.
Grovey (20 points), Ashley Clark (18), Mariah Turner (15), Kadan Brady (15) and Stevi Parker (11) all hit double figures for the Golden Hurricane, which recorded 20 assists on its 34 field goals.