Dec. 20, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane women's basketball team cruised into the championship game of the 2008 Tulane DoubleTree Classic with an 80-48 win over the Alabama State Lady Hornets Saturday at Fogelman Arena. The Green Wave won its sixth in a row behind 16 points from Brittany Lindsey.
With the win, Tulane improves to 7-3 on the season. Tulane will face the winner of Providence and Southeast Missouri State on Sunday, in the final game of the Tulane DoubleTree Classic, following the consolation game. The 1 p.m. consolation game will feature Alabama State and the loser of Providence and Southeast Missouri State.
Tulane opened to a 15-0 lead as the Green Wave hit on seven of their first eight shots. Tulane stretched the margin to 21-4 before ASU's Ericka Lumpkin drained a deep three-pointer. The Lady Hornets whittled the lead down to 27-16, before Lindsey cut to the back door for an easy lob.
Langford found Tia Jackson streaking to the hoop after a rebound by Lindsey for a lay-up in transition and Tulane took a 38-22 into halftime. Lindsey led Tulane in scoring at the break with 10, on four-of-six shooting, while Valicevic added seven points.
In the second half, Valicevic sliced to the hoop for two, as Tulane surged to a 22-point lead, 50-28 with 15:31 remaining. Langford found Aidoo streaking for fastbreak lay-ups on back-to-back possessions. Indira Kaljo drained a three-pointer from the corner as Tulane doubled up Alabama State, 64-32 with 10:45 left.
The Green Wave milked the shot clock the rest of the way, coasting to the victory. Tulane shot 47.2 percent for the game, on 25-of-53 from the field. The Green Wave recorded 26 points from the free throw line on 39 attempts.
Tulane held the Hornets to 30.4 percent from the field.
Tanika Halloway scored 15 points to lead Alabama State, which falls to 1-8 on the season.