Point guard Leslie Vorpahl appeared ready for Tulane’s big challenge Thursday at No. 7 Florida State.
Vorpahl nearly had a triple double, getting 15 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in leading the way, as the Green Wave overwhelmed outclassed Jackson State 92-49 on Tuesday at Fogelman Arena.
“I was just letting the game come to me,” she said. “(Guard) Kolby (Morgan) and my teammates were giving me the assists, and the rebounds were just falling into to my hands.”
She also had six steals.
Tulane (2-0) took a 30-point halftime lead, led 72-35 at the end of the third quarter and 77-37 in the fourth in going to 3-0 against the Tigers (1-1) in a series that began in 2007.
Backcourt mate Morgan had 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 on 3-point attempts.
However, as expected, Tulane coach Lisa Stockton used her bench extensively as she tries to get many of six new players, including five freshman, to become viable contributors before American Athletic Conference play begins on Dec. 30.
“Obviously, our schedule coming up is very tough, and trying to get experience for our younger players was one of your goals going into this game,” Stockton said.
Florida State will be the second of five games in November against teams which made the NCAA Tournament last season.
Tierra Jones’ three-point play at 6:24 of the second quarter gave the Wave a 35-15 lead. Holding the Tigers to 25 percent shooting in both quarters, Tulane led 52-22 at halftime.
Vorpahl and Morgan each had 13 points at halftime, combining to shoot 10-of 15. Vorpahl had seven assists in the half.
Midway of the third quarter, Tulane led 66-31.
Stockton, who said she is trying to find out how the newcomers can help on a consistent basis, tried several combinations. Taylor Emery, a freshman and Parade All-American, had 14 points. And, freshman post player Harlyn Wyatt, 6 feet 2, had a game-high 11 rebounds.
Stockton also wanted to dominate the rebounding. Tulane had a healthy 35-20 advantage by halftime and finished the game 56-46 against a bigger team but one picked to finish fifth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Guard Derica Wiggins led Jackson State with 18 points and Daisha Williams had 12.