Low scoring total hurts Wave in 76-50 loss to Temple

Tulane women’s basketball (15-8, 6-4 American Athletic Conference) had its win streak snapped on Sunday, Feb. 5 against the visiting Temple Owls (17-5, 7-2 AAC), falling 76-50 on a rare low-scoring day.

This game is the Green Wave’s second-lowest scoring of the season, only 1 point greater than the 66-49 loss to Mississippi State. Low shot percentages hurt the Wave, which only made a season-low 25.4 percent of its field goal attempts and 17.4 percent of its three-point attempts.

At the end of the first quarter, it looked like a different game. Tulane had a slim lead over Temple 26-25 going into the second quarter, aided by a 10-5 start to the game. Its success would wane throughout the next two periods. Temple started the second quarter with a 7-2 run, and Tulane suffered through a six-minute scoring drought that left it down 44-33 at the half.

The Wave did not do any better in the second half as Temple continued to increase its lead. Tulane was outscored 21-3 in the third, with only sophomore guard Tene Thompson and sophomore center Harlyn Wyatt scoring the Wave’s only points in the quarter. The Wave entered the final ten minutes of the game facing a 65-36 margin.

Tulane managed to outscore Temple in the fourth quarter 14-11. The Owls would get the win to stop its brief two-game skid. Junior guard Kolby Morgan was only one rebound shy of a double-double, but her seven-game streak of 20 or more points was snapped as she only managed 11 points, all in the first half. Senior guard Leslie Vorpahl led the team with 14 points. Sophomore guard Meredith Schulte had 7 points, and Wyatt was behind her with 6 points.

Tulane women’s basketball will look to recover at home against the Memphis Tigers at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse.

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