Kolby Morgan vividly remembers Tulane's game last season at Cincinnati.
Morgan scored a career-high 35 points along with 12 rebounds — six offensive — and three steals, as Tulane won in overtime 74-68 on Jan. 28, 2017.
“It was one of the best games of my career,” Morgan said. “I remember getting to the goal a lot more, driving, breaking down their defense.”
Morgan sank a 3-pointer that tied the score with seconds left in regulation time. The win came against a team that had its best season in a decade, going 16-14 overall and 7-9 in the American Athletic Conference, finishing tied for fifth with Tulane, Memphis and SMU.
Tulane (12-12, 4-7), which is seeking its third consecutive win, may need another big game from Morgan when the Green Wave visits Cincinnati (14-10, 6-5) at noon Saturday.
“We not only need this win for the conference standings but for our confidence when we play in the (AAC) tournament,” said Morgan, who had 25 points and seven rebounds in a hard-fought 69-65 home win Wednesday against Temple afterwhich she appeared to have been in a prize fight, with swelling around her right eye and hobbling on a strained calf.
The 25 points gave her 2,114 in her career, which is 145 behind leader Grace Daley. The two are the only players in the program's history with at least 2,100.
Morgan said her confidence is high that the Green Wave can make a late run to a postseason push, likely in the WNIT. They've shown more fight since the South Florida game on Feb. 3.
“These last few practices, we've really gotten after it,” she said. “We've really competed, and that's where it really starts.”
Power forward Meredith Schulte was not in the starting lineup against Temple. Tene Thompson started a game for the first time since injuring her right knee on Dec. 18. That gave the Wave four players against Temple's quick lineup.
However, Cincinnati (14-10, 6-5) has a physical front court of Angel Rizor, Shanice Johnson and IiMar'i Thomas that is averaging 29.5 points per game and is a big reason the Bearcats are fourth in the conference in rebounding.
Schulte had 14 points and six rebounds against Temple, a big factor in Tulane's win.
“I thought it was her second-best game of the season, probably her best one,” coach Lisa Stockton said. “She really responded. I loved her energy, I loved how hard she played.”
It was Schulte's season-high in scoring and her first double figures game since doing so in four consecutive games from Dec. 22-Jan. 6. She had gone seven games without scoring in double figures.
“She was overdue,” Morgan said. “I've been telling her the whole season, 'Whenever you're ready. We're waiting on you.' And, she came out with a lot of confidence.”
Wells pushing for time
Since Jan. 6, Maddison Wells has been playing 15.7 minutes per game. Before that, she averaged 8.4 minutes.
Wells, a 6-foot-1 power forward, played 20 minutes against Temple and had seven points and five rebounds. She was invaluable backing up center Harlyn Wyatt (four points, four rebounds, 20 minutes).
“She's been playing well our last few games," Stockton said. “I thought she really did a good job against good athletes, got some key rebounds.
“Maddie can play alongside Harlyn or she can play Harlyn's spot. So, she's going to continue to help us.”