Morgan shoots career best in 74-68 overtime victory over Cincinnati

As tournament season draws near, Tulane women’s basketball (14-7, 5-3 American Athletic Conference) knocked off conference rival University of Cincinnati (14-7, 5-3 AAC) with an overtime victory of 74-68.

The Wave started the game trailing the Bearcats, but by halftime, junior guard Kolby Morgan had already scored all of the Wave’s 12 points. This kicked off what would become her strongest performance of the season.

Facing a 12-point deficit with a little more than three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Tulane’s offense came alive. The Wave went on an 11-0 scoring run to close out the quarter, tying the game 48-48.

In the final quarter of regulation, both teams fought hard. Cincinnati built 60-56 lead with 1:20 remaining. Morgan went on to score 10 of the Wave’s 13 fourth quarter points, including a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining to pull the Wave within two points. After a layup from senior guard Shakira Harding in the final seconds, the game went into overtime.

During extra minutes, Morgan, senior guard Courtnie Latham and senior guard Leslie Vorpahl contributed 11 of the Wave’s final 13 points to secure the victory.

Morgan highlighted the game for Tulane with career bests with 35 points and 12 rebounds. Morgan also earned her first double-double of the year. Vorpahl and sophomore center Harlyn Wyatt each had 11 points, while Latham finished with eight. As a whole, the team had a 38.9 field goal average and committed 16 turnovers.

Up next, Tulane women’s basketball continues on the road against the University of Houston (8-13, 1-7 AAC) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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