In a game in which every Tulane women’s basketball player scored, the Green Wave used that balanced offense to defeat Miami 70-65 on Friday in the second game of the DoubleTree Classic at Devlin Fieldhouse.
With the win, Tulane (9-1) enters Monday’s home nonconference game against Florida State on a roll, having won its fifth straight game.
The Wave starts its first season in the American Athletic Conference on Dec. 28 at Cincinnati.
Kolby Morgan led Tulane with 18 points and seven rebounds. Miami’s Necole Sterling led all players with 20 points.
Friday’s game also marked the first time Miami coach and former Tulane assistant Katie Meier has faced the Green Wave since her time leading UNC-Charlotte.
Both teams did not make double figures until the middle point of the first half. Miami (8-3) outshot Tulane from the field in the first half as the Hurricanes were 42 percent and Tulane 37.
Miami struggled from the free-throw line and the 3-point arc. The Hurricanes finished with 25 percent 3-point shooting and went 33 percent from the foul line.
Tulane was 57.1 percent behind the 3-point line and made 83 percent of its free throws.
Kolby Morgan led Tulane with 10 points at halftime while Adesuwa Ebomwonyi had two of the Green Wave’s four 3-pointers.
Adrienne Motley led Miami with eight points and made both her team’s 3-pointers.
While Danielle Blagg scored Tulane’s first points with a 3-pointer in the opening minute, Miami took its first lead when Jassany Williams made a layup on a fast break for a 4-3 advantage with 18:11 left in the first half.
Both teams had scoring droughts before the midway point of halftime as Miami went 2 minutes, 30 seconds without points and Tulane had a 6-minute drought. With 10:17 left, Miami led 13-8 and 3 seconds later, Tulane called a timeout.
Courtnie Latham broke the Green Wave’s drought when she made a jump shot at the 10:04 mark to cut the Miami lead to 13-10.
That started a 6-0 run and was followed by baskets by Leslie Vorpahl and Morgan that put Tulane up 14-13 with 9:15 left.
With 3:57 left, the Green Wave amassed a 23-16 lead when Ebomwonyi sank a 3-pointer.
The Green Wave’s lead increased to 27-16 when Ebomwonyi made another 3-pointer with 3:09 left in the half.
The Hurricanes then went on a 7-0 run, which was capped by a 3-pointer by Motley that cut the lead to 27-25 with 51 seconds left.
After a Tiffany Dale basket down low that gave the Green Wave a 10-point lead, Ebomwonyi gave her team a 12-point lead, which was its largest, when she scored with 14:59 left in the game.
Miami cut the lead to 50-46 with 10:42 left when Williams sank a jump shot. Tulane’s lead decreased to 50-48 when Michelle Woods made two free throws with 9:17 left.