Tulane closes regular season on high note for senior night

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Samantha Shafia, Associate Sports Editor

Tulane women’s basketball (20-10, 11-7 American Athletic Conference) closed out its regular season on a high note as the team defeated Cincinnati (8-21, 4-14 AAC) 70-51 in its senior night game Monday in Devlin Fieldhouse.

The game allowed the two graduating seniors, center Chinwe Duru and forward Tierra Jones, to play one last time underneath the lights of Devlin Fieldhouse under which the two players posted season high totals and rebounds.

The game started slowly on either end of the court as neither team could hit in the first four minutes; sophomore Kolby Morgan shot a 3-pointer to start off the game, but otherwise the scoreboard was quiet. Once the two teams stepped out of that rut, Tulane started to pull ahead to take a 31-21 lead at half.

In true senior night fashion, the seniors stepped up their game as they reigned for one last night in Devlin Fieldhouse. In the first half of the game, Duru managed to go 4-4 from the floor and ended the night as the second leading scorer on 6-7 shooting to earn the team 16 points. Duru also tied her career-high in blocks with five. Jones put forth a solid effort as well as she earned her second double-double of the season off of scoring 10 points and snatching 11 rebounds.

“I thought tonight was a really great team effort, and I thought our seniors really did some special things,” head coach Lisa Stockton said.

Tulane maintained control of the lead throughout each individual quarter and sealed the game in the fourth with 7-13 shooting and 3-5 from 3-point range. Junior guard Leslie Vorpahl shot back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the lead to 61-43 with seven minutes left to go in the fourth quarter. All the while, Morgan posted another stellar scoring night as she knocked down 22 points.

The Wave showed a solid and balanced effort with four players in double-digit scoring and 11 points off the bench. The Wave looks to continue this trend as it heads into the postseason.

Tulane treks back to Connecticut this weekend to face off against Memphis (18-11, 12-6 AAC) in the Wave’s first game of the AAC Championships at 11 a.m. Saturday in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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