The Tulane women’s basketball team utilized a great defensive effort on Saturday afternoon to garner a 61-42 victory over Tulsa.
Kolby Morgan registered a double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds, mnarking her ninth 20-plus point scoring performance on the season and the fourth in the past five games.
“We started off slow with our turnovers but once we cut that down we were able to get some steals and convert,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. “That right there really got our offense started today.”
After a turnover-heavy start to the game led to an 8-8 tie to end the first quarter, the Green Wave (19-8, 10-5 American) began to click just two minutes into the second period, going on a 20-8 scoring run to end the first half with a 32-20 lead.
Morgan scored 14 points and had five of her nine rebounds at halftime. It also marked the sixth time the Wave held to 20 points or less in the first half this season.
In the third quarter, Tulane kept the Golden Hurricane (10-17, 7-9) off the board for a six-minute stretch, earning a 44-29 lead heading into the final quarter.
Tulane’s lead grew to 24 points in the fourth quarter before wrapping up the victory.
Tulsa’s 42 total points tied the Green Wave’s best defensive showing on the year, previously holding SMU to 42 points on Jan. 20.
Leslie Vorpahl joined Morgan in double-digits with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including four assists, a block and a steal. Harlyn Wyatt added nine points and five rebounds, recording her best overall performance in over a month.
The Wave outrebounded Tulsa 41-26, including 15 offensive rebounds, which resulted in 15 second-chance points. Tulane also recorded 18 points off of 20 Tulsa turnovers, and netted 21 bench points as 10 different Green Wave players got in the scoring column.
“I was definitely most pleased with our rebounding,” Stockton said. “We were plus-15 on the boards, and that’s something we had struggled with, so really good to see us in that category.”
The Green Wave departs for its final two-game road trip of the regular season, starting in Philadelphia for a Tuesday night game with third-place Temple at 6 p.m.