Women's Basketball Falls to UAB, 61-57

The Wave built an eight-point to start the second half, 39-31, but the Blazers went on a 14-2 run to take a 45-41 lead with just under 13 minutes to play. A three by senior reserve Natalie Walsh knotted the game at 50 with 5:37 remaining, and the teams would see-saw for the next five minutes

NEW ORLEANS, La.– The back-court combination of D'Aundra Henry and Courtney Simmons combined for 31 points, but the Tulane women's basketball team lost a close one to UAB, 61-57, in Conference USA action Sunday afternoon at Fogelman Arena.

The Wave built an eight-point to start the second half, 39-31, but the Blazers went on a 14-2 run to take a 45-41 lead with just under 13 minutes to play. A three by senior reserve Natalie Walsh knotted the game at 50 with 5:37 remaining, and the teams would see-saw for the next five minutes.

With the score tied at 54, Tulane had an opportunity to tie the game, but Lakethia Hampton missed a lay-up and the Blazers hit five-of-six free throws down the stretch to move ahead 59-54. Simmons drained a three-pointer with five seconds left on the clock to bring the Wave within two, but Domaneice Moore secured the win for UAB with two more free throws.

Henry gave Tulane (10-14, 2-9) its first lead of the afternoon, 21-19, at the 7:39 mark in the first half after hitting the and-one shot. UAB took a one-point lead, but with 38 seconds left before the half Simmons found Henry for a nifty baseline jumper to put the Wave ahead, 29-28. A bucket by freshman Alendra Brown at the buzzer sent Tulane to the locker room with a 31-28 advantage.

Henry scored a team-high 16 points and picked up five steals and four assists. Simmons, a redshirt freshman, added 15 points, four steals and three assists for Tulane.

LaKitha Murray and Moore each recorded double-doubles with 14 points and 11 rebounds and 13 points and 11 boards, respectively. Carmen Guzman also chipped in 14 points for UAB (7-18, 4-8).

The Tulane defense forced 20 UAB turnovers and held the Blazers to 32.8 percent from the floor, but UAB dominated the glass, pulling down 51 rebounds, 25 of which came on the offensive end, to the Wave's 41 boards. Offensively Tulane hit 35 percent of its shots, but only connect on 2-of-15 from behind the arc.

"There's no way we should have lost to that team," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "That was a gut-check and we didn't respond."

The Wave returns to action Friday, Feb. 18, at Cincinnati with a 6 p.m. (CST) opening tip. The game will be broadcast live on the flagship radio station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 FM.


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