Kolby Morgan led with 20 points
NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane women’s basketball team (17-14) rode behind a strong effort in the third quarter, outscoring UT Arlington (22-9), 23-8, to gain a 45-36 advantage and a lead they would never surrender, downing the Mavericks by the final of 62-53.
Kolby Morgan earned her 18th game with 20 points or more with 20 tonight on 8-of-16 shooting. Leslie Vorpahl also secured double-digits with 13 points, which included a 6-for-7 effort from the free-throw line.
“We got some great play off our bench. There were some players that came in and gave us great minutes, especially Ksenija and Shakira,” Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton stated. “It was great to be playing again and see us in the second half have a different focus. We came in and closed it out pretty strongly in the third quarter. Also did a great job of not letting the game slip out of our hands in the fourth. Glad to see us execute in the last five minutes.”
Morgan scored seven points in the first on 3-for-5 shooting but it was countered by UTA’s work down low, scoring 12 points in the paint to take an 18-13 lead at the end of period.
The paced slowed slightly in the second where the Mavericks edged the Wave in scoring, 10-9, to take a 28-22 half-time lead. UT Arlington built its largest lead, up 28-19, when they connected on back-to-back three-pointers within 30 seconds of each other at the 2:07 mark.
Yet, the Wave caught fire on both ends of the court in the third. Down 33-27 at the 8:27 mark, Tulane ended the quarter on an 18-3 run, getting points from Morgan, Vorpahl, Courtnie Latham, Shakira Harding and Ksenija Madzarevic, who all ultimately shot 9-of-14 (.643) in the period.
The Olive and Blue held UTA to just three field goals in the quarter, including a stretch of no field goals that lasted eight minutes. Vorpahl ended the run with a buzzer-beating three that gave Tulane a 45-36 lead heading into the fourth.
Later up 53-45 with 2:45 remaining, Tene Thompson, Madzarevic and Vorpahl closed out the game on the free-throw line, combing for the last nine points from the charity stripe to seal the 62-53 victory.
Up next, the Green Wave remain home for WNIT second round action when they host Grambling on Sunday, March 19, at 4 p.m. CT.