NEW ORLEANS – For the second straight year, the Tulane women’s basketball team (18-14) will be making a third round appearance in the WNIT, after dispatching Grambling State on Sunday afternoon at home, 66-49.
The Green Wave’s offense was on full display inside Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse, recording 18 assists on 25 made field goals, as four different players finished in double-figures for the first time since Dec. 21.
Kolby Morgan led the way with 15 points. Both Leslie Vorpahl (13 points, eight assists) and Harlyn Wyatt (11 points and seven rebounds) flirted with double-doubles. Courtnie Latham rounded out the group with 12 points.
“I really love the energy our team came out with today,” Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton stated. “We were really focused. Grambling really had a great win at Ole Miss and our kids respected them and came out real sharp.”
Tulane’s offense got off to a blistering start, tying its highest shooting percentage in a first quarter this season by knocking down 64.3 percent of its shots (9-of-14), thus earning a 23-15 lead.
The Wave’s defense then put its stamp on the second period, as Tulane outscored Grambling 15-4, tying its fewest points allowed in a quarter all season. When the Green Wave went into their locker-room at half, they boasted a 38-19 lead, with 14 assists on 15 made field goals.
Tulane did not let up in the second half, building a lead as large as 24 points, 58-34, after a Morgan three-pointer with 7:58 remaining. In all, eight different Tulane players registered points by the final buzzer.
For the third time this year, the Wave defense held its opponent to under 50 points. In addition, Tulane remained unbeaten at home in the WNIT all-time, improving to 7-0.
“It’s great to keep playing,” Stockton added. “The last two games this team has looked like they really enjoy playing. This time of year you can be tired but our team looks very motivated. I challenged them – we’ve never been in the quarterfinals of the WNIT so now we are one step away.”
Up next, the Green Wave have a date in Tuscaloosa on Thursday, March 23, when they challenge Alabama in the third round of the WNIT at 7 p.m. CT.