CINCINNATI — The Tulane women’s basketball team scored its first win in American Athletic Conference play with a 60-50 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday at Fifth Third Arena.
“I thought we had great energy. We were a little rusty in our defensive rotations but overall a good gut check after the break,” said Tulane coach Lisa Stockton, whose team moved to 10-2 on the season. “I think going on the road right after break is a challenge and I’m really glad we were able to respond.”
Cincinnati (3-9, 0-1) cut the lead to 34-33 early in the second half before the Green Wave used a 9-0 burst to stretch the lead to 10.
From there, Tulane’s Leslie Vorpahl scored nine of the team’s final 17 points, including her career-tying fourth 3-pointer of the contest. Vorpahl finished with a team-high 18 points, going 7-for-12 day from the field and 4-for-7 from 3-point range. The sophomore guard also had three assists and two steals.
Meanwhile, Tiffany Dale recorded her first double-double of the season with a 10-point, 14-rebound performance. The senior forward collected nine of her season-high 14 rebounds in the first half and finished with 10 offensive rebounds and a team-high four assists.
Kolby Morgan had her 10th double-digit scoring game of the year with 10 points, going 5-for-13 from the floor.
“Tiffany was tremendous,” Stockton said. “You can look at her 10 offensive boards. Her shots were right there. I like to see her confident. She’s so athletic and can guard a variety of players. Our posts did a great job of taking their leading scorer out of the game.”
Tulane led 32-20 at halftime, but the second half started with an offensive flurry from Cincinnati, as Bianca Quisenberry and Jasmine Whitfield powered a 10-2 run, scoring all of the squad’s points on a combined 4-for-4 start from the field.
The Bearcats shot 36.5 percent from the field. Meanwhile, the Wave shot 36.6 percent from the floor and outrebounded Cincinnati 46-34, resulting in an 18-2 edge in second-chance points.