UNCASVILLE, Conn. — No. 6 seed Tulane led wire to wire in a 64-39 victory over No. 11 seed Houston in first-round action at the American Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament, earning coach Lisa Stockton her 500th career win.
The Green Wave advanced to face No. 3 seed Tulsa in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Sophomore Courtnie Latham matched a career-best with 14 points to lead the Green Wave, who improved to 21-9. Tulane shot 46.2 percent while holding the Cougars to 26 percent.
The Green Wave opened on an 8-0 run before the teams traded baskets until it was an 18-10 Tulane advantage with 6:23 remaining in the first half. From there, the Green Wave rattled off a 12-0 run to head to the locker room with a 30-10 cushion.
The lead would balloon to as much as 34 on three separate occasions in the second half before the Cougars closed the game on a 9-0 run for the final margin.
Junior Jessieka Palmer and freshman Mariah Mitchell each had seven points to lead the Cougars.
KAPLAN HONORED: Tulane senior Jamie Kaplan claimed the AAC’s Scholar Athlete of the Year award Friday.
Kaplan, a neuroscience major, boasts a 3.832 cumulative GPA and has earned a 4.0 for three semesters in a row. The Melbourne, Florida, native is on the dean’s list and is also a member of the Tulane Scholar Athlete Program.
With Friday’s award, Kaplan became the first Scholar Athlete of the Year in the program’s history. Kaplan will receive a $2,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies.
Friday was the second major accolade for Kaplan this winter; she was earlier named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award on Feb. 12. Fan voting for that national award continues through March 23.
On the court, Kaplan entered Friday’s game leading the conference in assists with 4.7 per game.