ST. THOMAS, V.I. — The Tulane women’s basketball team will have to quickly put its opening game of the Paradise Jam behind after losing 75-51 to Rutgers (3-2) on Thursday in the Paradise Jam.
Tulane (3-2) faces Green Bay (2-1) at noon Friday.
Legendary Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer became the winningest basketball coach in school history, of either men’s or women’s teams, with her 435th victory as Kahleah Copper totaled 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting. Rutgers (3-2) never trailed.
Tulane guard Kolby Morgan had her fifth straight game in double figures with her team-high 13 points, while junior guard Courtnie Latham followed with 11 points.
“Offensively, we just didn’t accomplish what we need to do,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. “Not scoring really allowed Rutgers to score easy baskets in transition. This just wasn’t our normal performance offensively. It’s tough when you have to bounce back tomorrow.”
Tulane shot 1 for 12 from the field as Rutgers took a 15-3 lead. The Green Wave rallied as Leslie Vorpahl, Harlyn Wyatt, Latham and Taylor Emery combined for a 9-0 run to pull Tulane within 25-20. Rutgers countered with a 10-3 run to end the second quarter up 37-25, which capped a first half in which its shot 17 of 33 (51.5%).
Rutgers’ hot shooting only grew in the second half where they shot 60.9 percent from the field (14 of 23) to finish with a 55.4 shooting percentage. The Wave shot 31.7 percent.
Green Bay lost to Virginia 68-59.
“That’s the challenge here,” Stockton said. “We had to battle it out today, and now we have to turn it around and play again tomorrow, but it’s even for every team. Every team has to fight to the end, and I said at the start of the tournament that Green Bay was one of the better teams.”