With no Tulane women’s basketball player scoring in double figures until late in the second half, top-ranked Connecticut defeated the Green Wave 94-47 on Monday night in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Courtnie Latham scored a team-high 12 points and shot 5-of-7 from the field for the Wave. But it was much too little, much too late for Tulane, which trailed by 20 at halftime.
“I think it all started in practice,” Latham said. “We’ve been working hard trying to stay focused, and then we got on the court. Coach (Lisa Stockton) said we needed to compete. ... We just worked hard, trying to compete.”
To Stockton, putting pressure on Connecticut was difficult.
“The score is not really an indication of how hard and how aggressively we played,” she said.
The Huskies put four in double figures, with Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis leading all players with 21 points.
The Huskies (27-1, 16-0 American) extended their winning streak to 26. They had handled Tulane 87-39 when the teams met Feb. 14 in Storrs, Connecticut.
UConn moved to its first 10-point lead when Kia Nurse made a jumper in the lane with 13:49 left.
For Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, playing against Tulane’s zone was not easy.
“There’s kind of a pattern to the game,” he said. “There’s going to be a point in the game when we get out in transition and make a couple of 3s. …For the most part, we’ve been pretty good at whatever the defense has done.”
After Tulane’s Leslie Vorphal made a 3-pointer with 13:31 left to cut the lead to 16-9, Connecticut’s Moriah Jefferson stole the ball, then scored on a fast break that gave the Huskies a 30-12 lead with 9:27 left.
The Huskies ended the first half leading 45-25 when Morgan Tuck sank a 3-pointer with a second left.
Most of the success for Tulane (20-8, 11-6) came from behind the 3-point arc in the first half as the Green Wave shot 41.7 percent. But they shot just 31 percent from the field in the half overall.
UConn started the second half with an 8-0 run. Following a Gabby Williams layup with 13:01 left, the Huskies had a 64-34 lead.
After an Adesuwa Ebomwonyi layup with 9:23 left, the Green Wave had another scoring drought, and Connecticut cruised from there.