Jan. 23, 2011
TULSA, Okla. - Senior forward Danielle Nunn scored a season-high 19 points on the strength of a 15-of-19 performance from the free throw line as the Tulane University women's basketball team defeated Conference USA foe Tulsa 80-66 Sunday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Nunn's shots and attempts from the charity strip both rank tied for second in school history, and the Green Wave's 29 freebies and 41 attempts ranks 10th and tied for 10th in single-game history, respectively. With the win, Tulane improves to 16-3 on the season and 5-1 in C-USA action. Tulsa, meanwhile, falls to 5-8 overall and 1-4 in the league.
Tulane held a 38-18 advantage going into the locker room at halftime only to see Tulsa came out in the second half and cut the deficit all the way down to seven at 50-43 with 12:20 left to go. The Green Wave, however, out-scored Tulsa 30-23 the rest of the way to hang on for the victory.
As a team, the Green Wave shot 48.0 percent from the field (24-of-50), including 12-of-24 performance in the second half. Nunn led all players in points while junior center Brett Benzio was next with 15 while senior forward Brittany Lindsey came off the bench to score 11 - 10 of which came in the second half.
Benzio hit 7-of-9 of shots on the day and fell one rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards while leading the squad with a pair of blocks. Senior point guard Roshaunda Barnes had a game-high six assists while Nunn and sophomore Olivia Grayson tallied four apiece. Grayson and fellow sophomore guard Tyria Snow shared team-high steals honors with three each.
The Green Wave defense held Tulsa to an 18.2 field goal percentage in the first half (4-of-22), but the Hurricane connected on 61.3 percent of their shots over the final 20 minutes (19-of-31) to make things interesting. Tulsa committed 30 fouls during the course of the contest which led to Tulane's numerous trips to the charity stripe.
Tulane scored the first five points of the game on a trio of free throws and a Nunn layup before Denise Lewis scored Tulsa's first points on a jumper 2:58 into the contest. A Tiffany Aidoo 3-pointer stretched the lead to double digits 3:21 later and the Tulane advantage swelled to as many as 23 at 38-15 on a tip-in by redshirt-freshman forward Brittany McDonald with 50 seconds left in the half.
Tulsa scored the final three points of the period and used an 18-4 run during the first five minutes of the second half to cut the deficit to 10 at 46-36. Taylor Hook's jumper eventually made it a seven-point game, but the Green wave answered with a 12-5 rally just over four minutes later to make it 62-48. The Golden Hurricanes followed with an 8-4 run to make it a nine-point ballgame 2:23 later before Tulane got a combined four free throws by Barnes and Lindsey and Lindsey connected on a layup to quell any talks of a full-fledged comeback.
Hooker led Tulsa with 14 points while Denis Lewis was next with 12. Loren McDaniel paced the Hurricane with eight rebounds while Tatum Beer had a team-best four assists. Taleya Mayberry and Chanice Scott each had three steals.
Tulane returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 27, when the Green Wave play host to Rice at 7 p.m. in Fogelman Arena. Tickets to all Tulane home contests are available through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. Floor seats are normally $15 while reserve and general-admission tickets can be purchased for $10 and $5, respectively. In addition, groups of 10 or more fans can purchase reserved tickets for $8 each and general admission seats go for $3 each.
The Tulane Athletics Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center, and tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone at (504) 861-WAVE (9283) via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.