Women’s Basketball: Starters propel Tulane to 82-65 win versus McNeese

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Kolby Morgan

Green Wave starting five score 71 of team’s 82 final points

NEW ORLEANS – The (-/RV) Tulane women’s basketball team (5-1) won its fourth straight on Wednesday night, dispatching McNeese State (4-2), 82-65, inside Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse. The Green Wave’s starting five contributed 71 of the team’s final 82 points, shooting a combined 29-of-47 (.617), led by junior Kolby Morgan, who tallied a season high 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

Senior Leslie Vorpahl played her part in securing tonight’s victory, scoring 14 of her 16 points in the second half. Sophomore Meredith Schulte then rounded out the double-digit scoring with 13 points, as both Vorpahl and Schulte grabbed a team-leading six rebounds.

“I felt like in the second half we really made some changes with our defense, played a lot tougher, created some turnovers and got some offense off of steals,” Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton explained. “We also shot the ball a lot better and some of that was coming from our defense.”

Up just 41-37 in the opening minute of the second half, Morgan, Vorpahl and Schulte ignited a quick 9-0 run over the next 90 seconds, extending the Wave lead to 50-37. McNeese State would cut the deficit to single digits to end the third quarter, trailing the Olive and Blue 57-48.

However, a Vorpahl 5-0 run two minutes into the fourth pushed the Green Wave lead to 15 points. When the Cowgirls threatened to cut the lead into single digits once more, down 64-53 with 7:21 left, Schulte and Morgan connected on back-to-back three’s to hand Tulane its largest lead of the game at 75-58 – a 17-point lead the Wave would maintain for the remainder of the game.

Up next, the Green Wave begin a three-game road swing this weekend, starting with Middle Tennessee on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. CT, followed by a showdown in Nashville vs Vanderbilt on Monday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

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