Jan. 4, 2008
HOUSTON - The Tulane Green Wave women's basketball team used a 17-2 run midway through the second half to seize control of its Conference USA opener and take a 61-38 win over the Rice Owls Friday night at Sharp Gym on Houston Baptist's campus. Senior forward Alendra Brown scored 11 points to with nine rebounds, and Brittany Lindsey added 11 points and seven boards.
The defending C-USA regular season champion Green Wave improve to 11-3 overall and 1-0 in C-USA action. Tulane held Rice to a season-low 38 points, while allowing the fewest points in a game all season. The Wave outscored Rice 37-19 in the second half, holding Rice to 28 percent shooting and forcing 19 turnovers.
"In the first half, we really didn't have good shot selection," head coach Lisa Stockton said. "We felt we had the size advantage, and in the second half, we were able to execute. We had to go inside and Brittany and Alendra really dominated inside in the second half."
The Wave established an early 11-7 lead as Lindsey scored a pair of buckets inside and Langford beat the shot clock with a 15-foot jumper. The Owls whittled the margin t 18-16 on a three from Melissa Wittmayer, but Langford found Aidoo with a long outlet pass, and after an acrobatic finish, the Wave led by four, 22-18. Each team picked up free throws in the final seconds before the half, as Tulane led 24-19 at the break.
Alendra Brown led all players with six points at the half, to go with six rebounds. The Wave forced 12 first-half turnovers and held Rice to 30.8 percent shooting, but shot 25 percent themselves as Rice blocked five shots in the first frame.
Brown kick-started a 17-2 run for the Green Wave, as Tulane held Rice scoreless for 6:10. Alendra Brown and Lindsey each scored four points in the run.
Tulane led by as many as 15, 45-30, but the Owls trimmed the margin to 11 at 46-35 on a jumper from Maudess Fulton. But Tulane answered with a triple from Chassity Brown and lay-up from Langford to restore a 16-point advantage, 51-35.
The Green Wave coasted home, shooting 56 percent in the second half, connecting on 15-of-27 in the final frame.
Rice's home court, Autry Gym is amidst a renovation project that has put the Owls playing off campus for the 2007-08 season.
The Green Wave will complete a stretch of three games in five days with a road contest at Houston on Sunday. The Cougars and Wave square off at 3 p.m. CT on ESPN2.