Women’s basketball completes sweep of Cincinnati 62-51
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After beating the Cincinnati Bearcats (15-10, 6-6 American Athletic Conference) in overtime this earlier season, Tulane women’s basketball (16-10, 7-6 AAC) has swept the series against its conference rival in a 62-51 win on Wednesday at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse.
“I think for us, it was really about how we play, and I think we really needed to have a good game and be able to play both ends of the floor pretty well,” head coach Lisa Stockton said.
During the team’s previous matchup on Jan. 28, Tulane came back from a 5-point deficit in the final 30 seconds to force overtime and snatch away a win from Cincinnati with a final score of 74-68. This time, the Bearcats traveled down to the Big Easy with revenge on their mind.
Tulane struck first on a jumper from sophomore guard Meredith Schulte, who did not miss a shot in the entire quarter. Though the score would go back and forth in the first ten minutes, Tulane would finish the quarter with a 13-8 lead.
The second quarter began with a brief 6-0 run from Cincinnati to give the Bearcats the lead back 14-13. Fueled by a 3-pointer from junior guard Kolby Morgan, however, Tulane would surge back with 11 unanswered points, including two 3-pointers from senior guard Leslie Vorpahl. Tulane would go on to score 18 points during the second and entered the locker room with the lead 31-20 going into halftime.
In the second half, it was more of the same. Tulane, helped out by the efforts of younger players such as Schulte and sophomore center Ksenija Madzarevic, outscored Cincinnati 17-16 in the third. The fourth quarter delivered a strong showing from players such as senior guard Courtnie Latham, and Tulane would leave the game with a crucial win near the end of the season.
Schulte led the Green Wave during the game with 14 points on a perfect 7-7 night, the most in a game for her since the season opener against Grambling where she scored 20 points. Morgan earned a double-double on the night with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Vorpahl was not far behind with 9, going 3-4 on 3-pointers. Every active member of the Green Wave scored during the game.
“They had a lot of pressure on [Morgan], they were doubling [Morgan]. We found other people to finish. That was number one,” Stockton said. “Number two, our defense was really, really good. We communicated. Except for giving up the offside rebounds, I thought we really shut [Cincinnati] down a lot.”
Tulane will continue its string of home games on Saturday against the No. 1 ranked UConn Huskies at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse. UConn is coming off of its 100th straight win after beating South Carolina 66-55 on Monday.