Junior Lakethia Hampton scored a career-high 24 points and the Green Wave held off a late run by James Madison, as the Tulane women's basketball team held on for a 66-64 win over the Dukes at Fogelman Arena on Thursday.
With the win, Tulane improves to 3-4 overall, while James Madison drops to 2-5 with the loss.
Tulane led by as many as 15 in the second half, holding a 60-45 advantage with 4:58 left before the Dukes made their charge. JMU cut the lead
to 11 before Tulane's Tymeka Moore answered with
a lay-up to restore the 13-point cushion. But from there, the Dukes scored 11 straight points to trim the Tulane lead to two, 62-60, with 42 seconds left. Moore hit two big free throws and D'Aundra Henry added another charity toss after
a steal to push the Wave's lead to five with 17 seconds left. JMU answered with a driving lay-up to cut the lead to three, but senior Kelly Nadeau hit another free throw with eight seconds left
to secure the Tulane victory.
Hampton led all scorers with her 24 points, while adding seven rebounds and five steals. Moore also hit double figures, chipping in 10 points and seven rebounds.
"I thought Lakethia (Hampton) had a big night for us," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "She hit shots with her back to the basket, facing the basket and driving to the basket. And she often had to shoot over bigger players. We had a long break because of exams, but it is nice to get
a solid win after that break."
Tulane built a 13-point halftime lead thanks to
a strong defensive effort in the middle of the first half. Trailing James Madison by five at
the 14:01 mark, the Green Wave held the Dukes scoreless for nine minutes, turning a 12-7 deficit into a 23-12 lead. The Wave would claim
a 32-19 lead at the break, thanks in part to holding JMU to a 29.6 percent shooting effort
James Madison had a 36-32 edge in rebounding,
but Tulane forced 28 JMU turnovers and turned those into 24 Wave points. The Wave also had
19 steals, just three shy of the school single-game record.
Tulane returns to action on Saturday, as the Green Wave play host to in-state rival Nicholls State as part of a doubleheader. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Fogelman Arena, with the Tulane men to face Southeastern Louisiana at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Women's Basketball Holds Off James Madison, 66-64
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