UNCASVILLE, Conn. — No. 6 seed Tulane used a balanced scoring attack and a key run late in the first half to power past No. 3 seed Tulsa 71-53 in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament Saturday.
Tulane advanced to face No. 2 seed South Florida in Sunday’s second semifinal at 6:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPNU.
Sophomore Leslie Vorpahl had a team-high 17 points and made four 3-pointers for Tulane, which improved to 22-9. Freshman Kolby Morgan added 15 points, while senior Jamie Kaplan chipped in 13.
Junior Ashley Clark led Tulsa with a game-high 23 points on 11-of-17 shooting off the bench. Senior Mariah Turner tallied 10 points for the Golden Hurricane.
Tulsa opened a 20-12 lead on a 3-pointer by sophomore Teanna Reid with 7:33 remaining in the first half. Junior Kelsee Grovey scored all six of her points in Tulsa’s opening charge.
The Green Wave responded with a 19-4 run into the final minute of the half to take a lead Tulane would not relinquish. Vorpahl had six of the Green Wave points over the stretch while Kaplan tallied five. Tulane took a 31-26 lead into halftime.
A Morgan 3-pointer with 6:05 remaining gave the Green Wave its largest advantage of the game at 63-40.