ST. LOUIS, Mo.– Lakethia Hampton recorded her second double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds, but the Tulane women's basketball team could not overcome a halftime deficit to Saint Louis, falling 81-70 on Sunday afternoon at Bauman-Eberhardt Center.
"They deserved to win, they outplayed us and were more aggressive than we were," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "They want to win this game more."
Mid-way through the first half Hampton took a feed from Montagnino to connect on a jumper in the paint to stop a 14-1 run by the Billikens. Down by 22-10, the Green Wave then went on a 11-2 run of its own to trim the lead to two behind 10 first-half points from Hampton. Cold-shooting plagued Tulane in the first half, as the Wave hit just 35.3 percent (12-of-34) of its shots while Saint Louis shot 50 percent from the field on 13-of-26 shooting and took a 32-27 lead into the intermission.
The Billikens came out firing to start the second half, as sophomore Rachel Diener hit three treys extending the lead to 57-42. Hampton's first career three-pointer brought the Wave to within 57-45, but Tulane would get no closer than 10 until the final three seconds when Hampton added a rebound bucket. The Billikens, who went to the charity stripe 34 times in the game, hit 12-of-16 free throws during the last seven minutes to preserve the win.
Hampton's 12th career double-double, 23 points and 11 rebounds, led the way for Tulane. D'Aundra Henry added 14 points while sophomore guard Jami Montagnino hit four treys for the second consecutive game to finish with 12.
With three steals on the afternoon, Henry tied Barbara Farris for 10th place on Tulane's career steals list with 144.
Freshman Mia Johnson led all scorers with 26 for the Billikens, who shot 52.2 percent for the game, while Marquita McFarland tallied 17 and Hayley Leake had 11.
"In games like this on the road, our leaders need to step up, and they haven't," Stockton said.
The loss marks the fifth straight for Tulane (8-9, 0-4 Conference USA), while Saint Louis moves to 2-15 and 1-3.
Tulane returns to action Friday, Jan. 21, when DePaul visits Fogelman Arena for a 7 p.m. contest. 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 flagship radio station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 fm. Live stats will be provided via GameTracker at www.tulanegreenwave.com.
Hampton Scores 23 In Road Loss To St. Louis, 81-70
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