UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Trailing by two points at halftime, the Tulane women’s basketball team (21-10) shot 50 percent in the second half and limited Memphis (18-12) to 35.7 percent shooting in the game to prevail with the 70-64 victory in the quarterfinal round of the American Athletic Conference tournament
Kolby Morgan led with 23 points and seven rebounds, marking her ninth straight game of 19-plus points, followed by Tierra Jones, who scored 10 points.
“I think this game was one of those games in a tournament that the fans enjoy watching because it was well played on both sides,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. “The momentum shifted so much, even within a quarter. I’m really proud of our team. We had a couple of goals coming in, one of them rebounding, the other taking care of the ball. Memphis’ offense is so good and really challenged our defense this afternoon, so holding them to 35 percent is a great credit to our kids.”
Facing their largest deficit of the game, down 42-34 midway through the third quarter, the Green Wave rallied with a 17-7 run to end the period, in which Jones recorded eight of the team’s final 12 points
“I thought we were a lot more focused this time around,” Morgan stated on the difference between the last time they played Memphis. “This game we came out and knew what we had to do and executed.”
Up next, Tulane faces No. 1 UConn in the semifinals at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU.