The Tulane women’s basketball team had a balanced offensive attack with all but three players scoring as they defeated Nicholls State 77-44 Wednesday at Devlin Fieldhouse.
For Tulane (6-1), Kolby Morgan had a game-high 15 points, while Leslie Vorpahl added 11. Chinwe Duru added 10. Adesuwa Ebomwonyi had a game-high 14 rebounds and had eight points.
No one for Nicholls State (2-3) scored in double figures, however Shay Arnick had a team-high nine points.
“We just felt like we probably weren’t being aggressive as we should be,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. “They were playing that matchup zone. We were way outside the 3-point line. We felt like we just needed to attack a little more.
“On the press, we wanted to make sure we got the ball on the press and attacked instead of turning around and setting up an offense. That got some points for us. “
Danielle Blagg finished with nine points and said contributions from the bench were important.
“I think we just came out in the first half a little lackadaisical,” Blagg said. “In the second half, our defense, we really pulled it together and we just started playing well together. Our bench came up and did some really big things. We just ended up getting a really good lead.”
Ebomwonyi finished two points shy of a double-double and said the second half was when the team excelled.
“At first we started out a little slow, then we got our groove and everything, we picked up the pace and it was just great basketball,” Ebomwonyi said.
Both teams started out with baskets in the first two minutes of the second half, however they experienced their own scoring droughts. Nash scored the Colonels’ initial basket with 19:44 left and scored her team’s next one nearly seven minutes later. Duru had Tulane’s first second half points at the 18:49 mark and the Green Wave didn’t score again until Tiffany Dale’s layup with 14:22 left.
Along with another Dale basket with 13:38 left, Tulane’s 6-0 run put it ahead 40-25.
Tulane then had an 8-0 run that started with a jump shot by Courtnie Latham with 12:51 left and ended with a Morgan layup that gave the Green Wave a 48-27 lead with 11:02 left.
Tulane ended the first half with a 34-23 lead. The Green Wave led the Colonels in total rebounds, 24-12. Nicholls did not have an offensive rebound in the first half.
Neither team reached double figures until the 12:46 mark of the first half when Dale made a pair of free throws to give Tulane a 10-6 lead. Nicholls then cut that to a one-point advantage when Nash sank a 3-pointer 14 seconds later.
The Colonels then took an 11-10 lead when Ekiya Gray made a layup with 10:48 left.
Morgan then gave the Green Wave a 24-15 lead when she sank a 3-pointer with 5:19 left in the half.
Tulane plays at Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday while Nicholls hosts South Alabama on the same day.