Comeback Falls Short As TCU Tops Wave Women, 78-66

After finding itself down 20 points with 6:43 remaining, the Tulane Green Wave women's basketball team fought back to get as close as eight with just over two minutes left, but it was too little too late as TCU held off Tulane, 78-66, in Conference USA action Sunday afternoon at Fogelman Arena

NEW ORLEANS, La.– After finding itself down 20 points with 6:43 remaining, the Tulane Green Wave women's basketball team fought back to get as close as eight with just over two minutes left, but it was too little too late as TCU held off Tulane, 78-66, in Conference USA action Sunday afternoon at Fogelman Arena.

The Green Wave fought its way back with its second string, behind four free throws from Courtney Simmons and jumpers by Nikki Luckhurst and Shelly Cayette. With TCU up 70-54, junior guard D'Aundra Henry converted on a three-point play, then stole the ball from Sandora Irvin on the opposite end of the floor. Henry ran the floor to find an open Kinya Lennix who hit a short jumpshot with 3:12 left. After an Irvin miss, Dominique Philpots grabbed the defensive rebound and picked up a pass from Lennix to nail a 15-footer to bring the Wave within eight, 70-62 with 2:21 to play.

TCU went on to hit seven-of-nine free throws to keep Tulane from getting any closer.

Mid-way through the first half, TCU built a 14 point lead behind 12 points from Irvin, and headed to the locker room with a 39-25 lead.

"We got ourselves in a hole in the first half, defensively we didn't play as well as we did Friday night," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "Country (Lakethia Hampton) was getting fouls, Jami (Montagnino) was getting fouls, when I put the second string in the second half, I think they went in and set the tone. We needed energy at that point, and that's what they provided us with."

Conference USA Player of the Week Lakethia Hampton led the way for Tulane, tossing in 16 points and grabbing seven rebounds, six off of the offensive glass. Henry added 12 points and eight assists while Jami Montagnino tossed in 10 points. Redshirt freshman Simmons provided a spark of the bench, scoring nine of her 10 points in the second half. Freshman Dominique Philpots scored a career high nine points as the Green Wave bench out-scored the TCU reserves, 27-18.

The Lady Frogs also showed a balanced scoring attack, placing four players in double-figures. Senior forward Irvin, C-USA's leading scorer and rebounder, finished the afternoon with 22 points and 14 caroms. Forward Nikki Newton tallied 17 points, Natasha Lacy had 14 and Ashley Davis provided 10 for TCU.

"You've got to change everything for her (Irvin)," Stockton added. "You have to double-team her, and their shooters get open. I thought Dominique Philpots did a pretty job against her in the second half. She's (Irvin) a great player, she's an All-American, and the thing I'm most impressed out her is that she's improved her game so much every year."

The loss is the third straight for Tulane and puts the Green Wave record at 8-7, 0-2 in league play, heading into Friday night's conference game at Memphis. With the win, TCU improves to 11-5, 2-0 in C-USA.

"When I saw the schedule come out in July, I knew this would be a tough stretch for us with LSU, Houston and TCU, but I'm not discouraged," Stockton said.

Tulane travels to Memphis on Friday for a 7 p.m. game, and continues to Saint Louis next Sunday. Catch both games live on the flagship radio station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 fm. Sunday's game will also be carried on Conference USA TV.

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