Despite a second-half surge by Tulane, the Florida State women’s basketball team held the lead for all of Monday’s matchup at Devlin Fieldhouse as the Seminoles won 65-54.
“I thought our effort was very good,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. “Defensively we did a lot of great things. Watching (FSU) on tape, I thought they were really impressive.”
While Florida State shot 53.6 percent in the first half, the Seminoles checked in at 34.4 percent in the second half.
“In the second half, we really clamped down defensively,” Stockton said. “They didn’t shoot nearly as well. We stopped their transition.”
Florida State (12-1) was the final nonconference foe for Tulane (9-2). The Wave plays its first American Athletic Conference game Sunday at Cincinnati.
Two Florida State players had double-doubles: Ivey Slaughter had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Brittany Brown had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Tiffany Dale led the Green Wave with 17 points, while Chinwe Duru had 11.
Duru got Tulane’s first basket when she scored down low on a pass from Kolby Morgan to cut the Florida State lead to 4-2 with 16:37 left in the first half.
Florida State jumped out to a 13-6 lead when Slaughter stole the ball, then made a layup with 13:17 left.
The Seminoles extended their lead to 21-10 when Maegan Conwright made a steal, then made the fast-break layup with 8:29 left.
Tulane then had a 5-0 run, with Dale capping that surge with a basket to cut the Seminoles’ lead to 21-15 with 7:07 left.
The Green Wave scored its last points of the half when Morgan sank a pair of free throws with 2:20 left to cut the Florida State lead to 29-21.
The Seminoles finished with a 7-0 run, with Emiah Bingley making a 3-pointer as time expired to extend the lead to 36-21.
Tulane finished the half shooting 23.1 percent compared to Florida State’s 53.6. Slaughter was the Seminoles’ leading scorer with 10, while no Green Wave player reached double figures. Both Dale and Duru finished the half with six points apiece.
At the 15:16 mark of the second half, the Seminoles were up 47-30. About five minutes later, Tulane got under double figures when Leslie Vorpahl made a layup to cut the lead to 51-42.