Green Wave women drop 53-43 decision to USF

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NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane University women’s basketball team fell to USF, 53-43, at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse.

Tulane (12-12, 7-4) registered 34 rebounds, six assists and five steals, while USF (15-9, 7-3) logged 46 rebounds, 12 assists and six steals. The Green Wave held USF to 35.8 (19-53) percent shooting from the field and 26.7 (4-15) percent from three. Junior Arsula Clark led the Green Wave with 17 points. Junior Krystal Freeman added 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

“I thought that was our best defensive game of the year,” Green Wave head coach Lisa Stockton said. “A team that just scored 99 points, we really held them. I thought we did a tremendous job defensively. We took care of the ball. We just didn’t shoot well. That’s just really frustrating because I thought we got shots. We got so many shots in the fourth quarter and we just didn’t hit them. That’s just what it comes down to. I do think we had great effort. If we play defense like that against the rest of the league, we’ll be good.”

Freeman scored the first six points of the third quarter for the Green Wave, but the Bulls were able to match them. Clark and sophomore Dynah Jones got in on the action for the Olive and Blue, but USF took a 38-32 lead into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Clark opened the scoring with a layup between two USF defenders to cut the Bulls’ lead to four. USF responded with a 6-0 run to extend the lead to 10 at 46-36 with four minutes to play. Tulane was able to cut the lead to six thanks to two free throws from Clark and a jumper from junior Sierra Cheatham. The Green Wave were never able to cut the score closer and USF added free throws to set the final score at 53-43.

Bethy Mununga led USF with 11 points and 17 rebounds, while Elisa Pinzan added 18 points.

The Bulls took a 17-11 lead after the first quarter. Both teams traded buckets the entire second quarter and USF grabbed a 26-20 lead going into the half. At halftime, Clark led the Green Wave with eight points.

Up next, the Green Wave will be back in action on Sunday, Feb. 16, as they welcome Wichita State to Fogelman in Devlin. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.

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