ORLANDO, Fla. — Kolby Morgan’s layup with four seconds remaining lifted Tulane’s women’s basketball team to a 71-70 win over Central Florida on Tuesday night before 1,121 fans at CFE Arena.
UCF (6-10, 2-3 American Athletic Conference) led 70-66 after sophomore Zykira Lewis banked a 3-pointer as the shot clock was about to expire.
Tulane’s Danielle Blagg respond with a 3-pointer for Tulane (13-3, 4-1) with 21 seconds left.
Blagg fouled senior Andrea Hines to stop the clock and put her on the line, but Hines’ attempt was short and Morgan went the length of the court for the winning layup.
Morgan finished with 16 points and eight rebounds as Tulane improved to 5-0 in road games.
Blagg had a team-high 20 points, including five 3-pointers for the Green Wave.
Chinwe Duru added 12 for Tulane, which heldp a 41-40 rebounding advantage.
UCF’s Lewis finished the night with a game-high 27 points on the strength of five 3-pointers.
Freshman Aliyah Gregory added 16 points, and senior Yanique Gordon had a game-high 11 rebounds and 9 points.
“We let that one slip away, but I liked our fight,” UCF coach Joi Williams said. “We’ve got to strap them up and go fight again. Hopefully our team can see that we made a little bit of an improvement tonight. I thought we played hard and we have to continue that.”
UCF led by as much as 10 points in the first half — 16-6 with 11 minutes to go — thanks to a string of eight unanswered points by Gordon and Lewis.
Tulane hung around and managed to tie it at 24 with 5:42 to go on a pair of Tiffany Dale free throws. Two minutes later, the Green Wave took its only lead of the half, 30-28, after Leslie Vorpahl drilled a 3-pointer.
But UCF roared back with a 9-0 flurry to take a 37-30 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Blagg made back-to-back 3-pointers from each wing to cut it to 47-44, with 14:38 to go.
UCF clung to its lead for the next 13 minutes. Every time Tulane threatened to close the gap, the Knights found a way to convert a timely bucket.
In all, Tulane led for just 32 seconds of the game, including when it mattered most — at the final buzzer.
Next up for Tulane is a home game against SMU at 2 p.m. Saturday.