Women Take Early Lead, Roll Past USM 74-49

Tulane jumped out of the gates, going on a 16-4 run over the first seven minutes and never looked back. The lead was extended to 14, 21-7, when Henry found Natalie Walsh open for a three-pointer from the top of the key.

NEW ORLEANS, La.– Paced by senior Lakethia Hampton's 23 points and junior guard D'Aundra Henry's double-double, the Tulane women's basketball team rolled to a 79-49 victory over Southern Miss on Senior Day at Fogelman Arena, Saturday afternoon.

Tulane jumped out of the gates, going on a 16-4 run over the first seven minutes and never looked back. The lead was extended to 14, 21-7, when Henry found Natalie Walsh open for a three-pointer from the top of the key. Southern Miss started to come back late in the first, closing the gap to nine on a Dianca Jones jumper with 2:51 left before the break, but two consecutive buckets by Courtney Simmons and a Henry three gave the Wave an 11-point cushion, 35-24, at the intermission.

"The tone of the game was set at the very beginning," head coach Lisa Stockton said. "Our defensive limited them, we dominated the boards and we looked for our shots."

Tulane continued to control the game in the second half, as the Wave went on another big run, 20-5, at the start of half, to take a 26-point lead, 55-29. All but four of the points scored during that stretch were from seniors Walsh tossed in two more threes, Hampton scored five and Kinya Lennix hit a short jumper.

For the 11th time this season, the Wave defense forced over 20 turnovers, as 23 Southern Miss turnovers turned into 28 Tulane points. Tulane also won the battle of the boards, hauling in 47 rebounds to 34 by the Golden Eagles.

Hampton continued to be a menace to the Golden Eagle defense, as the New Orleans native scored 19 of her game-high 23 points in the second half. With 4:21 left on the clock, sophomore Jami Montagnino picked up a steal, and dished the ball off to Hampton for a lay-up that put the Wave up by 36. Two free throws by Alendra Brown gave Tulane a 38-point advantage, its largest of the afternoon, 76-38.

"This game and the win against Marquette (on Jan. 23) were total team efforts," Stockton added. "The key to both of those games was a total team performance."

Henry tallied her second double-double of the season, just missing a triple-double, with 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Hampton came one rebound shy of recording the 14th double-double of her career, with 23 points and nine rebounds on the afternoon. Walsh recorded her Tulane career high with nine points and four assists while Montagnino tossed in eight.

Freshman Shannon Stueber led Southern Miss with 18 points while fellow freshman Emer Foley added 14.

This afternoon's 30-point win is the largest since Tulane defeated Southeastern Louisiana by 43 on December 19, 2002. Tulane ends its season 11-16, 3-11 in Conference USA while Southern Miss falls to 9-18 and 3-11.


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