The Tulane’s women’s basketball team pushed a 2-point lead to double digits with an 11-0 run in the final six minutes Saturday in taking a 75-65 win over Memphis at Devlin Fieldhouse to snap a two-game losing streak.
“We just had a little different kind of intensity in that last six minutes,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. “We were getting rebounds. We were getting the ball out. We were setting up our offense. We just had good tempo.”
A turning point for Tulane (20-7, 11-5 American Athletic Conference) was at the 8:31 mark of the second half when Ariel Hearn made a free throw that gave Memphis a 56-54 lead.
“We came down and we got a basket, but we were just able to set our defense and hold,” Stockton said. “They have just gotten so many easy shots in the paint and some run-outs on transition. We were able to go down set our defense and really hold them. I thought we did much, much better job of giving them one shot after that.”
Kolby Morgan led the Green Wave with 22 points, while Adesuwa Ebomwonyi had 18.
Hearn led Memphis (13-13, 7-8) with 18.
Twice in the first half, the Green Wave held a 10-point lead, the second time coming when Ebomwonyi scored for a 39-29 lead with 2:57 left.
Memphis ended the half on a 6-0 run that cut the lead to 40-35.
At the half, Ebomwonyi led the Green Wave with 11 points, making five of her seven shots. She also had a team-high 11 rebounds.
“We lost our past two games, we came out today, I guess for revenge,” Ebomwonyi said. “It’s senior night, we wanted to win bad. Our parents are in town. Our fans are here. We just had a lot of people here supporting us. We just knew we would play hard and try to come out with a win, and we did.”
Memphis started the second half on a 5-0 run, which was capped by a Cheyenne Creighton layup with 18:46 left and that tied the game at 40-40. The teams went back-and fourth for the next 12 minutes before the Green Wave’s decisive run.