MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Tulane women's basketball team dug itself a big hole in the first three quarters and could not quite dig out of it in a 73-60 loss against Memphis on Sunday afternoon.
With the teams tied at 22-22 after the first quarter, Memphis (8-18, 3-10 American Athletic Conference) outscored Tulane (12-14, 4-9) by a 18-6 margin in the second quarter and extended its lead early in the third quarter to as many as 21 points.
Tulane managed to cut Memphis' lead to single digits, 66-60, with 2:58 to play. But Memphis closed on a 7-0 run as Tulane missed its final 10 attempts from the field.
The Tigers shot 58 percent for the game, while Tulane shot 35 percent.
Kolby Morgan led Tulane with 14 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks, and Meredith Schulte scored 12 points despite fouling out. Tatyana Lofton had a team-high four assists off the bench and contributed 9 points in 17 minutes.
The Tigers forced the Green Wave into bad shots throughout the second quarter and held Tulane to just 6 total points while shooting 6 of 11 from the field itself. Memphis led 28-26 with 5:37 remaining in the half but went on a 12-2 run to close the period and take a 12-point lead at halftime.
Memphis got out to a hot start in the third quarter, scoring the first nine points of the second half. That put the Tigers' lead at 49-28.
Despite the size of that deficit, Tulane came close. Three consecutive 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter from Kaila Anderson, Caylah Cruickshank and Morgan helped cut Memphis' lead to 63-52. And with the Tigers starting to turn the ball over, Lofton hit four free throws, Morgan made a jumper and Cruickshank knocked down a layup to make it just 66-60 Memphis with three minutes still to play.
That's when the Green Wave went cold for good, missing its final 10 shots.
Tulane is at home for a midweek game against No. 1 UConn at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fogelman Arena in Devlin.