Clark’s 20 points not enough for Tulane as No. 16 USF takes 72-53 win
NEW ORLEANS – Senior guard Arsula Clark poured in a team-high 20 points, but it was not enough as the Tulane University women’s basketball team (7-4; 3-3 AAC) dropped a 72-53 decision to No. 16/17-ranked USF Wednesday night at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse.
Clark’s 20-point effort marked the seventh time this season she finished in double figures. She also surpassed the 20-point plateau for the second time this season.
Joining Clark in double figures were teammates Krystal Freeman and Jerkaila Jordan, as they finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Freeman led the Green Wave with eight rebounds.
As a team, Tulane outshot USF by a 40.7-39.4 percent clip, but were outrebounded by a 43-31 count. The Bulls also forced the Green Wave into 16 turnovers which they translated into 21 points.
“They (USF) have so many weapons out there, but overall I am just disappointed that we didn’t come out sharper,” head coach Lisa Stockton said. “I think we saw some things tonight that showed us that we still have some things to work on and we just need to get better.”
Tulane opened the game on a high note, as it shot 50 percent from the field (7-of-14) and were tied with the Bulls at 14 points apiece at the end of the first quarter. In the second period, USF came alive, as it outscored the Green Wave by a 16-7 count and took a 30-21 lead into the break.
Coming out of the locker room, USF went on a 17-9 run in the first eight minutes of the quarter to open up a 17-point lead. The Bulls would go on to outscore Tulane 27-11 in the third period to take a 57-32 lead into the fourth quarter.
“I think the third quarter took a little wind out of our sails and going into the fourth quarter I challenged our team to battle,” Stockton said.
In the final period, Tulane outscored USF 21-15, but it was not enough, as the Green Wave suffered their first loss at home this season.
With the loss, Tulane fell to 24-20 all-time against USF. Stockton owns an all-time record of 15-22 against the Bulls.
“I thought defensively we did some good things early,” Stockton said. “We guarded the screens right and we did some good things. You have to make shots against them (USF) and we didn’t do that tonight.”
USF’s Elisa Pinzan led all scorers with 22 points, as she connected on 7-of-17 shots from the field.
The Green Wave will return to action on Saturday as they travel to Tulsa. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be aired on ESPN+.