Ellis, Ross and Pryor have notable outings in UNO loss at Tulsa

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TULSA, Okla. – Brianna Ellis neared a double-double while DeArica Pryor and Justice Ross both reached double figures but the New Orleans Privateers women’s basketball team fell to a hot shooting Tulsa Golden Hurricane squad 86-61 at the Reynolds Center on Friday afternoon.

New Orleans kept a veteran home side in check for most of the first half. Tulsa was held to 4-of-15 from the field in the opening stanza and only shot 36.7 percent in the first 20 minutes. The Privateers went to the locker room only trailing by five points.

Tulsa came out in the second half and vaulted that percentage up to 58.1. The Golden Hurricane relied heavily on Temira Poindexter and Delanie Crawford who accounted for 52 of Tulsa’s points on the afternoon.

The Privateers erased an early nine-point Tulsa run with a 9-0 spurt of their own. Jayla Kimbrough jump started the early rally with a three-point play and Ellis scored four points to help the Privateers pull level at 9-9. New Orleans only allowed three points in the last 7:05 of the quarter.

New Orleans continued to stay in the fight as Kimbrough knocked down a jumper inside the final minute to cut the Privateer deficit to 27-25. Amira Brown responded with a three-pointer on the next possession for Tulsa.

Pryor hit a triple at the 4:49 mark to get the Privateers back within single digits but Tulsa put the game out of reach with a 15-3 run that spanned the remainder of the third quarter.

Ellis played 38 minutes and eight points along with a career-high nine rebounds and five steals. Pryor added 17 points to lead the team in that department. Ross finished with 15 and went 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Kimbrough finished with five points and seven boards.

The Privateers will face Mississippi State on Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. in Starkville.

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