Offensive surge propels Tulane Women’s Hoops to 62-51 win over Cincinnati

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Tulane beats Cincinnati

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Meredith Schulte shot a perfect 7-for-7 from field with game high 14 points

NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane women’s basketball team (16-10, 7-6) recorded 17 assists on 22 made field goals, while holding Cincinnati (15-10, 6-6) to its fourth lowest shooting percentage on the season (29.7 percent), en route to a 62-51 victory on Wednesday night.

Sophomore Meredith Schulte shot a perfect 7-for-7 from the field to finish with a game high 14 points, marking her first double-digit scoring performance since Dec. 3. Junior Kolby Morgan earned her third straight double-double with 12 points and a team best 11 rebounds. In addition, six other Green Wave tacked on three or more points.

“I was happy to see this team share the ball offensively and be able to finish. I think that’s something we have struggled with lately,” Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton stated. “We shot such a high percentage because we took the best shots out there. We took what they gave us. They had a lot of pressure on Kolby so we found other people. Our defense also really shut them down.”

Tulane’s defense led the way with five blocks in the first quarter, ultimately finishing with a season high eight in the game. As a result, Cincinnati shot 4-of-20 from the field while the Wave built a 13-8 lead after one.

The Bearcats later grabbed a 14-13 lead at the 8:17 mark in the second, but the Green Wave immediately recaptured the momentum with an 11-0 run over the next two minutes. In fact, Tulane caught fire from beyond the arc, connecting on 4-of-6 on the period, which included a perfect 3-for-3 mark from Vorpahl, as the Olive and Blue took a 31-20 lead into the half.

In the second half, Tulane never let their lead slip below eight points as Morgan, Schulte, Caylah Cruickshank, Tene Thompson, Harlyn Wyatt, Courtnie Latham and Ksenija Madzarevic all contributed buckets, while Leslie Vorpahl dished out a team high seven assists.

Defensively, the Wave limited Cincinnati’s top scorer Shanice Johnson to eight points below her season average with seven points on 2-for-10 shooting.

Up next, the Green Wave welcome in a No. 1 UConn Huskies team who boasts a 100-game win streak. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. CT on Saturday, Feb. 18, and will air live on SNY and WatchESPN.

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