South Florida extended its winning streak to six games by defeating Tulane 53-40 in women’s college basketball Sunday at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Laura Ferreira became the first player with 10 points when she sank a 3-pointer with 13:11 left to give South Florida (12-3, 3-0 American) a 38-26 lead.
Tulane (11-3, 2-1) finished shooting 24.6 percent from the field, while South Florida had 37.3 percent. The Bulls finished with 45 rebounds while Tulane had 43.
South Florida’s Courtney Williams led all scorers with 14 points. Ferreira finished with 10, while Alisia Jenkins had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Jamie Kaplan led Tulane with nine points, and Kolby Morgan finished with seven. Tiffany Dale had eight rebounds.
“Overall, it’s really hard to stay in it when you can’t make shots,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. “We battled defensively. We outrebounded them, I think, at half. We were doing everything that we needed to do. We didn’t make free throws in the first half, and we just couldn’t make some shots.”
Despite never holding a double-digit lead, South Florida held the advantage over Tulane in the first half.
While South Florida had 35.7 percent field shooting in the first half, Tulane had 20.6 percent.
The Bulls checked in with 66.7 percent free-throw shooting while Tulane had 28.6.
South Florida had the slight advantage in rebounds with 25 while Tulane had 24.
“I felt like coming out in the second half, if we could just get our offense going, that was going to be key,” Stockton said. “We had open shots, we just couldn’t hit them.”
Williams led all scorers at halftime with eight.
South Florida used a 6-0 scoring run, capped by a 3-pointer by Tamara Taylor with 13:20 left in the first half, to take a 12-6 .
Tulane went on its own 5-0 run, capped by Leslie Vorpahl’s 3-pointer that cut the lead to 12-11 with 11:24 left.
“I believe our effort was there, we just couldn’t quite get over the hump,” Tierra Jones said. “We couldn’t complete the game, control the momentum. We couldn’t, like coach said, hit the shot. We were hitting the first shot, it was like we couldn’t hit the next shot to really help us gain control.”
The Bulls started to build another lead when Ferreira made a 3-pointer, but was unable to complete the 4-point play. A layup by Taylor put the Bulls up 21-14 with 4:37 left in the half.
Williams gave South Florida its largest lead when she made a jump shot with 2:11 left.
South Florida amassed its first 10-point lead when Jenkins made a layup that extended the advantage to 28-18 with 18:14 left.