The Houston women’s basketball team defeated Tulane by a point in the teams’ last meeting in 2013.
Different story in 2014 — or what’s left of it.
While Tuesday’s game against the Cougars at Devlin Fieldhouse was close for part of the first half, the Green Wave pulled away to win 70-40.
For Tulane (11-2, 2-0 American), Danielle Blagg scored a game-high 14 points while Adesuwa Ebomwonyi had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Nobody finished in double figures for Houston (5-8, 0-2), but Marche’ Amerson had nine.
“One of our goals was to keep our intensity up, and really to have that mentality if you have a lead just not let them make a run,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said about keeping focused in a one-sided contest. “That’s a little more of a challenge when you play as many players as we do.”
Tulane shot 42.6 percent from the field and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. Houston checked in at 23.5 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from the line.
Leslie Vorphal’s 3-pointer ignited a 6-0 run that was capped by Courtnie Latham hitting one of two shots from the line that gave Tulane a 16-9 lead with 10:24 left in the first half. Another 7-0 run gave the Green Wave a 23-11 lead with 9:38 left.
Blagg made a 3-pointer to give the Green Wave a 32-19 lead with 5:17 to go.
“Just as a team, we came out ready to go,” Blagg said. “I think we took on Houston as any other team, ready to go and ready to rebound.”
Tulane shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, while Houston went 34.8 percent.
Neither team excelled from behind the 3-point arc as both squads made a total of three 3-pointers. Tulane made two of its 10 attempts while Houston made one of six.
In the second half, the Green Wave opened the period with four consecutive points, capped by Jamie Kaplan’s layup for a 44-21 lead with 18:36 left.