PHILADELPHIA — The Tulane women’s basketball team (19-7, 10-5) couldn’t sustain a second-half lead, falling 69-58 to Temple on Tuesday.
It marked the first time this season the Wave suffered back-to-back losses.
“I thought the first half, we didn’t get the loose balls and didn’t take care of the ball. That was crucial,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. “We came out of halftime and really did a great job, and then defensively we had a big letdown.”
Tulane jumped out to a 20-14 lead in the opening seven minutes, shooting 8-of-13 from the field, with 17 combined points from Danielle Blagg, Chinwe Duru and Tiffany Dale. However, the Owls countered with a 15-4 run, capitalizing on a four and half minute scoring drought and what would be 16 Green Wave turnovers in the half. Half of Temple’s 37-32 lead at halftime came from points off turnovers.
Tulane then came out firing in the second half, producing an 11-0 run to take a 43-37 lead, while the Wave defense forced Temple (13-14, 9-5) to start 0-for-8 from the field. The Owls turned their first field goal at the 14-minute mark into a 10-2 run.
After a Kaplan basket at 11:35 gave the Wave a 49-48 lead, Temple’s Alliya Butts connected on back-to-back treys to deliver the eighth and final lead change of the match. Two free throws from Blagg at 3:57 cut the deficit to three points, but the home squad delivered a 6-0 run for a 64-55 lead, which put the game out of reach.
“We just couldn’t sustain the lead. We looked lethargic at times,” Stockton said. “I feel like defensively this year we have done a good job of locking up opponents towards the end and doing the little things, but over the last three games we haven’t.”
Blagg scored a team high 17 points on a 6-for-13 night from the field, recording her second highest points total on the season. Next, with 11 points and 12 rebounds, Dale tallied her second double-double on the year, 14th overall. In addition, Kaplan dished out a team high seven assists tonight, now totaling 34 assists over the last six games.
Tulane finished with 21 turnovers, which Temple converted into 27 points. The Owls also enjoyed an advantage from beyond the arc, connecting on 9-of-21 compared to the Wave’s 4-of-21.