NEW ORLEANS, La.–Senior forward Lakethia Hampton had 12 points and eight rebounds, but it was not enough as the Tulane University women's basketball team dropped a 54-37 decision to Auburn Sunday afternoon at Fogelman Arena.
Both teams' defenses played well throughout the contest, but it would be the Tigers who would control the tempo down the stretch in holding the Green Wave without a field goal over the final 13:57 of the ballgame. Auburn posted 11 blocks – including eight by center Marita Payne – and limited Tulane to just 12 points in the second half on 4-of-29 shooting.
The Green Wave, meanwhile, held Auburn to a .322 shooting percentage for the day. With the loss, Tulane fell to 4-3 on the year. Auburn, meanwhile, ran its winning streak to five games to improve to 5-2 on the young season.
"I was very pleased with our defensive performance," head coach Lisa Stockton said. "The kids played as hard as we've played all year. Offensively, we were just very out of sync. The timing of our offense was so bad, that even the shots we took were not good shots. We need to be smarter."
Trailing 29-25 at halftime, the Green Wave got a four-point play from sophomore Jami Montagnino to tie things up at 29-all less than a minute into the period. The two teams would trade points over the next five-plus minutes, and the Green Wave held a slim 36-35 lead with 13:57 left to go. From there, Auburn went on a 19-1 run the rest of the way to cruise to the victory.
"Coming out of the half, I felt good," Stockton said. "But in the second half, we went so cold for so long that we lost our confidence. We could have gotten more open shots if we worked our offense a little more."
Tulane played well in the first half, overcoming an early 10-4 deficit to roll out to a 21-14 advantage with 8:08 left to go in the opening stanza. The Auburn defense would begin to assert itself and the offense would go on an 15-4 run the rest of the period to take a four-point lead into the locker room at halftime, and set up the second-half surge.
Hampton was the lone Tulane player to finish in double-digits, but Montagnino and junior guard D'Aundra Henry had nine points each. Senior forward Tymeka Moore and freshman post Alendra Brown were second on the squad with six rebounds apiece.
Auburn's Natasha Brackett led all players with 15 points, and Louise Emeagi was only two points of the Tigers' lead with 13. Payne, meanwhile, posted 14 rebounds and eight points to go along with her dominating performance in the lane.
The Green Wave returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 7, when Tulane plays host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. in Fogelman Arena. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE. For fans not able to attend the contest, the game will be broadcast live on the radio on the flagship station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 fm, and live stats will be provided via GameTracker at www.tulanegreenwave.com.
Tulane Women Fall To Auburn, 54-37
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