Behind Chinwe Duru’s game-high 23 points, Tulane’s women’s basketball team defeated Temple 77-63 Saturday at Devlin Fieldhouse.
“Coach (Lisa Stockton) was just talking to me before the game saying I had a really good chance to be the player I was today against the Temple defense,” Duru said. “I took it to heart. I just did what I was able to do for my teammates. I was really fortunate that everyone else was able to find me inside so that I was able to score.”
Saturday was the fourth consecutive time Duru scored in double figures. Duru nearly finished with a double-double as she also had a team-high nine rebounds Seven of nine Tulane (18-5, 9-3 American) players scored, including four in double figures.
Leslie Vorpahl finished with 13 points, including a team-high 3-of-5 on 3-pointers.
“I think Leslie has a confidence with the ball,” Stockton said. “You really could see that. If they didn’t guard her, she had a look, she got it. If not, she got it inside.”
Erica Coville led Temple (11-13, 7-4) with 20 points, and Alliya Butts finishing with 19. Tanaya Atkinson finished with 12. No other Temple player had more than five points.
The Green Wave finished with a 45.5 shooting percentage behind the 3-point arc and held the Owls to 12.5. The Owls made none of their 10 3-point attempts in the second half.
“It’s so difficult to play against us when we have that kind of balance,” Stockton said. “I think that’s a great sign for us, that things are kind of coming together that way,”
Temple’s deficit was only six points at the 9:45 mark, however Tulane built a 19-point lead at halftime.
“Once again, I thought it was good team basketball,” Stockton said. “Just efficient, that’s probably the best way to describe it. I thought we were really efficient on offense.”
At the 11:59 mark of the first half, Kolby Morgan stole the ball, drove down the court on a fast break and sank a jump shot to give the Green Wave a 17-10 lead.
Tulane got its first double-figures lead when Tiffany Dale scored for a 26-15 lead with 6:54 left and that increased when Leslie Vorphal made her first points, a 3-pointer, 30 seconds later.