Women’s hoops stomps Nicholls State 77-44

Oliver Grigg, Print Sports Editor

Tulane women’s basketball (6-1, 0-0 American Athletic Conference) topped Nicholls State 77-44 Wednesday night at Devlin Fieldhouse. Senior guard Danielle Blag led the Wave with 9 points and 4 rebounds.

“We got a very good contribution from the whole team [tonight],” head coach Lisa Stockton said. “In the second half, we got in the grove and I was glad to see us lock down on defense and get some transition points.”

The Wave started sluggish offensively to start the first half but Tulane’s zone defense helped control Nicholls State. The Wave entered the half leading 34-23, as Blagg carried team with 9 points and 3 steals.

“We weren’t being aggressive as we should have been in the first half,” Stockton said. “We were waiting outside the 3-point line and we needed to attack a little more.”

Freshman guard Kolby Morgan, reigning AAC Freshman of the Week, chipped in with 6 points in the first half. Morgan scored 15 points to go along with 1 assist in the game.

“[Morgan] is doing it on both ends of the floor,” Stockton said. “She’s done a tremendous job of getting tips, rebounds, and her [basketball] IQ for a freshman is really high.”

Tulane continued its overpowering defense in the second half, as it held Nicholls State to just 6 points in the opening 10 minutes of the half and opened a 51-29 lead. The Wave’s extended its lead to as much as 35 points.

“We came out in the first half a little lackadaisical,” Blagg said. “In the second half we pulled our defense together and started playing well.” 

Sophomore guard Leslie Vorphal finished with 11 points and junior center Chinwe Duru scored 10 points and recorded 5 rebounds. Senior forward Adesuwa Ebomwonyi dominated the glass and pulled down 14 rebounds. 

Tulane next plays Arkansas-Little Rock 12 p.m. Saturday in Little Rock, Arkansas.