Women’s basketball dominates first round of WNIT Tournament

Jeremy Rosen, Staff Reporter

Tulane women’s basketball put on a dominating 80-36 performance against Jacksonville State in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The team’s lightning fast play and efficient shooting left the Gamecocks in the dust. 

The Green Wave got off to a super hot start, pushing the pace from the very beginning. Ten of the team’s 19 points in the first quarter came off of fastbreak scoring opportunities. They held a demanding 38-13 lead going into halftime and never looked back, scorching Jacksonville State for another 27 points in the third quarter alone. Tulane was able to coast through the fourth quarter, letting the bench players come in to finish the job.

Moon Ursin, Krystal Freeman and Dynah Jones led the team on the offensive end, each scoring double digits this game. It was an all-around team effort, with 11 players scoring a basket and 30 points just from the bench.

The team shot the ball very efficiently, especially from beyond the arc. They shot 12 for 18 from behind the 3-point line, with Sierra Cheatham and Kaila Anderson each making three 3-pointers off the bench. The Gamecocks were unable to get anything going offensively, with only one of their players scoring more than one field goal the whole game.

Tonight the Green Wave will host a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the second round of the WNIT. The two teams met earlier this season in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with Tulane coming out on top in a tight contest. In a do-or-die match to advance to the WNIT Sweet 16, expect another close game.

The winner of tonight’s matchup will play against the University of  Houston in the third round of the WNIT Tournament.