Women’s Basketball: Tulane takes down Tulsa for 5th straight win, 64-47
NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane University women’s basketball team won its fifth straight game Wednesday as it defeated Tulsa, 64-47, at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse. Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton now has 598 wins in her career.
Tulane (13-5, 9-4) outshot Tulsa (5-8, 4-8) .381-.295 from the field and .286-.211 from three. The Green Wave outrebounded the Golden Hurricane 53-34 and logged 14 assists and four blocks. The Olive and Blue outscored Tulsa 35-16 from the bench on the day.
“I’m just glad to get out of here with a win,” Stockton said. “I was happy we got to get some other people on the court. Everybody playing was good for us.”
Sophomore Salma Bates logged the first double-double of her career with 15 points and 10 rebounds, both of which were career highs. She also shot 7-9 from the field and logged a team-high six assists. Senior Kaila Anderson added a season-high 11 points. This was the first time Anderson scored in double digits since the 2018-19 season. Senior Krystal Freeman narrowly missed recording a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds for the Green Wave.
Both teams started the game slow with Tulane taking a slight advantage at 16-14 headed into the second quarter. The Green Wave then outscored Tulsa 16-6 in the first six minutes of the second quarter to take control and a 32-20 lead. Bates led the run with six points and one assist. Tulsa closed the half on a 5-0 run to make it 32-25 headed into halftime.
In the first half, Bates led the Olive and Blue with six points, while Freeman was the leader on the boards with six. Bates tied her career-high with five rebounds in the opening half. Tulane out-rebounded Tulsa 25-18 in the opening 20 minutes. The Green Wave also outshot the Golden Hurricane .375-.313 in the first half.
Tulane opened the second half by outscoring Tulsa 10-4 in the first five minutes to take a 42-29 lead. Junior Mia Heide led the charge with four points for Tulane. The Green Wave stepped up on the defensive end only allowing Tulsa to score a total of six points in the third quarter. Anderson led Tulane by scoring six of its 15 points in the third. The Olive and Blue took a 47-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Bates grabbed her tenth rebound of the game to secure her first career double-double. The Green Wave maintained control throughout the fourth quarter to solidify the 64-47 win.
Up next, Green Wave will stay at home as they host Wichita State on Saturday, Feb. 13. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Fogelman in Devlin.
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