The road-tested Tulane women’s basketball team gets another chance to prove its mettle when it clashes with Central Florida at 6 p.m. CST Tuesday at CFE Arena in Orlando, Florida.
“I thought our team has played well on the road,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. “I’ve always said teams that get along well, do well on the road. It’s been a tough schedule, and I’m just really proud of how maturely this team has handled that.”
The Green Wave (12-3, 3-1) is fresh off its best shooting performance of the season, connecting on 56.5 percent of its shots in a 76-63 win at East Carolina. Kolby Morgan registered her 11th game in double figures with a team-high 15 points and Danielle Blagg crossed the 200 career mark in 3-pointers on her way to 12 points. Jamie Kaplan and Chinwe Duru recorded season highs with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Kaplan also achieved a season-high with nine assists, bringing her career total to 497.
Tulane is 5-0 in true road games, averaging 67.2 points per game away from Devlin Fieldhouse. In fact, on the road, the Green Wave shoot 5.6 percent higher from the field (47.0 percent) and 11.9 percent higher from 3-point range (40.3 percent). Individually, Leslie Vorpahl is averaging four more points on the road (11.0 ppg), shooting 60.0 percent from the floor.
In addition, the Green Wave is ranked first in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense as opposition is connecting on 29.2 percent of their shots from beyond the arc. Twice in the past five games, Tulane has held its opponent to under 20 percent shooting from 3-point range.
Tulane is 8-6 all-time vs. UCF, including a 2-4 record in Orlando.
The Knights (6-9, 2-2) have lost seven of their past nine games, with their wins coming at Houston (64-50) and against Tulsa (76-70). UCF’s Zykira Lewis leads the conference in scoring with 20.1 points per game, which also ranks 24th in the nation. In addition, her 2.93 3-point field goals per game ranks second in The American and 18th in the country.
Live stats will be available on tulanegreenwave.com, while fans in New Orleans can also listen to Gus Kattengell at WRBH-FM, 88.3.