With improved shot selection, your shooting percentage can climb.
That’s true for the Tulane women’s basketball team, which is shooting 41.2 percent from the field.
“I think we’re taking better shots. One of our focuses has been our shot selection, to make sure we have a little more balanced attack between inside and outside,” coach Lisa Stockton said. “We did a good job with that (in last week’s 76-63 win) at East Carolina. We shot over 60 percent at times at East Carolina, and a lot of that was just getting the best shots we could.”
The Green Wave (13-3, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) finished the win at East Carolina shooting 56.5 percent, then followed up with a 71-70 victory at Central Florida on Tuesday in which it shot 38.6 percent.
Tulane hosts SMU (4-12, 0-5) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Even though the Mustangs have yet to win a conference game, Stockton said her team needs to keep improving.
“For us, it’s a long season. We can’t get complacent at all,” she said. “We have to control what we do well. We have to control our mindset going in. It doesn’t matter who our opponents are. ... We’ve got to go into each game and keep improving and be a better team in February.”
After an 87-29 defeat to national power Connecticut, SMU took an 82-50 loss at South Florida on Wednesday. UConn, South Florida and Tulane are atop the AAC, a combined 14-1 in conference play.
The Mustangs have played four and five freshmen at times, coach Rhonda Rompola said. She has three seniors and one junior on her roster.
“For us, we can’t hang our heads,” Rompola said. “We’ve got to rebound and respond. You have to find a way to move on.”
Tulane sophomore Leslie Vorpahl said her team has to treat each opponent equally. The Green Wave ended the first half trailing Central Florida by seven, and the Knights held the lead for all but two occasions, but Tulane won on freshman Kolby Morgan’s layup with 4 seconds left.
“We can’t just start like we did at Central Florida — (against) any team, good or bad,” Vorpahl said. “That’s just for our sake, too. No matter who we play, we want to come out and beat them by 20 if we can.”