Tulane women’s basketball team returns from a two-game road trip to host East Carolina at Devlin Fieldhouse on Saturday.
Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. on ESPN3.
Tulane (16-4, 7-2 American Athletic Conference) is coming off a 63-46 win at Houston on Tuesday in which Danielle Blagg, Kolby Morgan, Chinwe Duru and Leslie Vorpahl each scored in double figures.
“Coming out every game and learning on how to compete from behind,” Vorpahl said on what the squad learned from its 1-1 road trip. “We’ve been slacking on rebounding defensively and that was our identity in the beginning. So we’ve definitely been working on that in practice and getting that back.”
Vorpahl has scored in double digits in four straight games, averaging 13.8 points, shooting 58.3 percent from the field and 8-of-16 from 3-point range during the four-game span.
Duru has scored in double figures in three of the past five games, shooting 53.1 percent from the floor. At Houston, Duru tallied 11 points, an assist, a career-high two steals and her fourth three-block performance of the season.
Houston was the seventh opponent the Green Wave has held under 50 points. The Cougars did not register a field goal from the 3:08 mark in the first half to 16:50 in the second. Tulane is No. 15 in the country in scoring defense (54.0) and 16th in field goal percentage defense (34.9).
Meanwhile, East Carolina is on a two game-skid after dropping an 82-32 decision to No. 2 UConn on Wednesday. Jada Payne leads the Pirates (13-8, 4-6) with 17 points per game, shooting 44 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from 3-point range. I’Tiana Taylor also averages 11 points and 10 rebounds a game.
These two squads last squared off in Greenville, N.C., on Jan. 7, in which Tulane won 76-63, after shooting a season best 56.5 percent from the field. Morgan scored a team best 15 points while Taylor paced the Pirates with a 23-point, 19-rebound double-double.