Women's Hoops 5 Races Past Nicholls State, 77-55

The Tulane women's basketball team raced out to a 21-2 lead in the first seven minutes of the game and never looked back, as the Green Wave cruised to a 77-55 win over Nicholls State in the friendly confines of Fogelman Arena on Sunday

The Tulane women's basketball team raced out to a 21-2 lead in the first seven minutes of the game and never looked back, as the Green Wave cruised to a 77-55 win over Nicholls State in the friendly confines of Fogelman Arena on Sunday.

Tulane won its second straight and third in its last four outings to improve to 4-4 on the season. Nicholls State lost for the seventh consecutive game, dropping to 1-7 with the loss.

Junior Lakethia Hampton led the Wave in scoring for the third straight game, chipping in 17 points and seven rebounds. Senior Kelly Nadeau added 11 points, while Delacey Joseph, Tymeka Moore and Kinya Lennix added eight points each.

"It's good to get a win and take little momentum heading into the Christmas break," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "We shot pretty well tonight - from the floor, from the three-point line and from the free throw line. I also thought our defense was good tonight, especially the first 25 minutes of the game or so.

" Tulane scored the first seven points of the game before Nicholls State dented the scoreboard. The Wave answered Nicholls' basket with a 14-0 run to push its lead to 21-2 at the 13:38 mark. The Colonels scored the next seven points to trim the lead to 12, 21-9, at the 11:53 mark, but Tulane scored 14 of the next 18 points to build a 36-13 cushion with 4:54 left. The Wave would take a 40-20 lead into the locker room.

Despite substituting liberally in the second half, the Green Wave pushed its lead to as many as 32 in the second frame. Tulane connected on 54.4 percent of its shots (31-of-57) and 57.1 percent of its three-pointers (4-of-7). Nicholls State was just 18-of-57 from the floor (31.6 percent) and 3-of-17 from behind the arc (3-of-17).

Nicholls State had a 38-35 edge in rebounding, butTulane forced 27 Colonel turnovers, coming up with 15 steals in the process.

Tulane will take a week off for the Christmas holiday before returning to action on Dec. 27 and 28 with the DoubleTree Classic, to be held at Fogelman Arena. In addition to the host Green Wave, the tournament features San Jose State, Marist and Yale.


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