Women’s Basketball continues strong start to season

Henry Diamond, Staff Reporter

Since coming off a loss to the University of Alabama, Tulane’s women’s basketball has played up and down, but inevitably remained strong against a string of tough opponents going 4-2 since Nov. 10. 

Tulane dominated against both the University of Southern Alabama and Sam Houston State. In both games, Kyren Whittington led the Green Wave. Whittington scored 19 points against Southern Alabama and 23 points against SHSU, making her the leading scorer in both games while the team collectively shot over 40% both times. Tulane’s women’s basketball has done an excellent job so far this season piling on points and not letting the opposition find a way back into the game.

The Green Wave then got the opportunity to travel and compete in the Cancun Challenge, where they spent Thanksgiving playing the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Central Michigan. 

Against Northern Iowa, Tulane was not able to pull out the victory as Northern Iowa entered the game hot, despite Tulane’s strong second and third quarters. They were not enough to bring them back into the game as the team struggled shooting in the fourth, going 4-19 from the field. 

However, Tulane did not leave empty handed as they beat Central Michigan 78-66 behind Marta Garlick’s 18 points and 11 rebounds. A performance which earned her a spot in this year’s Riviera division’s all-tournament team

Returning home, Tulane finished off the month of November with a whopping 90-37 victory over New Orleans. Tulane had their best game of the season so far, hitting shots from everywhere and shooting over 60% from the field. The Green Wave finished with three players scoring in double digits, while also holding New Orleans to 16 points total in the second half. 

However, the team’s hot hand could not transfer to their following game against No. 11 Louisiana State University. Tulane started off slow going down 12 at the end of the half and wasn’t able to keep up with the pace of LSU. It was not until guard Dynah Jones brought Tulane within three points with a terrific third quarter shooting 6-8 from the field scoring 16 points that added to her 25-point total. At this point, it was Tulane’s strong three-point shooting that kept them in the game, but they were not able to keep it up in the fourth quarter ultimately being outscored by ten.  

Up next, Tulane’s women’s basketball team will travel to Troy University for a game on Dec. 7. 

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