The Tulane women are on guard against a letdown.
After Saturday’s 77-63 victory over visiting Temple, the Green Wave welcomes Central Florida to Devlin Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Tulane (18-5, 9-3 AAC) put four players in double figures in Saturday’s victory against Temple, which has seven conference wins. The Knights (7-16, 3-9) aren’t as imposing record-wise, but the Wave needed a last-second layup by guard Kolby Morgan to win 71-70 at UCF on Jan. 13.
So the Knights have coach Lisa Stockton’s full attention.
“Rebounding is something we’ve really tried to improve on since then,” she said. “That’s one way they stayed in the game with us. So that’s going to be a key for us. I hope we won’t have a letdown, because the game was so close last time.”
A quick start in the rematch couldn’t hurt, Stockton added.
“We started really sluggish against them,” she said. “I hope we learned our lesson. ... They’ve got some amazing scorers.”
For Tulane guard Leslie Vorpahl, focusing on the team’s goal of making the NCAA tournament makes it easier to avoid a letdown.
“I think, now that it’s winding down, we have our goal and it’s coming closer, so we’re really motivated by that,” she said. “We don’t want to let any game slip because every game’s big right now.”
While the first of Tulane’s two games with AAC leader and national power Connecticut comes Saturday on the road, concentrating on the current matchup has been one of the Green Wave’s strengths.
“I think that’s what this team has done a pretty good job with,” Stockton said. “We have a different maturity this year than we did last year. That’s really paid off for us.”