Tulane Women Fall To Memphis, 56-53

At the 8:24 mark, Hampton took a pass from Henry and kicked it out to Montagnino in the corner who connected on her fourth trey to know the game at 43. A 15-footer by Philpots gave the Wave the lead on the next trip down the floor with 7:15 to go. Memphis regained the lead on a jumper by Jennifer Sullivan with 3:12 remaining, driving the score to 51-49. Philpots once again came through for Tulane, hitting two free throws and a short jumper with 1:04 on the clock as the Wave led 53-52

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– Jami Montagnino scored a career high 14 points and Lakethia Hampton added 15, but it was not enough as Memphis held off Tulane, 56-53, in Conference USA women's basketball Friday night at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

With the score tied at nine early in the first half, Memphis went on a 14-4 run to extend to a 12 point lead, 25-13. Tulane then went on a run of its own, fueled by three points from reserve Destiny Drew and Montagnino's second three-pointer of the night as the Wave cut the lead to 29-23 heading to halftime.

The Green Wave (8-8, 0-3 Conference USA) continued to chip away at the Memphis lead, as D'Aundra Henry found Montagnino, who drilled a three from the top of the key at the 11:49 mark to bring the score to 37-34.

At the 8:24 mark, Hampton took a pass from Henry and kicked it out to Montagnino in the corner who connected on her fourth trey to know the game at 43. A 15-footer by Philpots gave the Wave the lead on the next trip down the floor with 7:15 to go. Memphis regained the lead on a jumper by Jennifer Sullivan with 3:12 remaining, driving the score to 51-49. Philpots once again came through for Tulane, hitting two free throws and a short jumper with 1:04 on the clock as the Wave led 53-52.

But center Kaneshi Hart sealed the Tiger victory on a bucket with 47 seconds remaining, putting Memphis ahead for good, 54-53.

"It's frustrating to hold a team like that to 56 points and not get the win," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "We need to shoot the ball better and we need to get to the free throw line more."

While the Green Wave defense held Memphis to a 37.3 shooting percentage, Tulane hit just 32.8 percent from the floor.

Hampton and Montagnino paced Tulane with 15 and 14 points, respectively, while Philpots added 10 off of the bench. Henry corralled 11 rebounds and picked up a career high seven steals while chipping in six points.

"Jami's a player that is getting better every game. Her defense has improved, she's getting more confidence and we're getting the ball to her more," Stockton added. "It was also a good performance by Dominque Philpots, she gave us some offense we really needed."

Jennifer Sullivan scored 14 points and Raven Rogers tossed in 13 to lead the Tigers, who won their first league game and improved to 8-8 overall, 1-2 in conference play.

Tulane returns to action Sunday, Jan. 16, for a 2 p.m. contest at Saint Louis. The game will be broadcast live on the Conference USA Television Network, and can be viewed locally on Cox Sports Television (Channel 37). Sunday's game will also be carried live on the flagship radio station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 fm.

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