January 10, 1999
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Fabrecia Roberson scored a career-high 18 points, including three free throws in the final 37 seconds, as Tulane held of a UAB rally for an 80-74 win at Fogelman Arena on Sunday.
The win gave Tulane (12-2, 4-1 C-USA) its 16th straight at home, and was coach Lisa Stockton's 100th victory as the Green Wave head coach. Tulane improved to 100-34 in less than five years under Stockton.
Tulane raced out to a 48-28 halftime lead behind an incredible 71.4 percent shooting effort, as the Green Wave missed just eight of the 28 shots it took. The teams traded baskets early in the first half, before a Roberson lay-up broke an 8-8 deadlock and began a 7-0 Tulane burst. UAB (8-7, 3-2) fought back to cut the Tulane lead to four, 26-22, at the 8:04 mark, but would score just two field goals in the final eight minutes. From there, Tulane outscored the Lady Blazers 22-6, as Grace Daley paced the run with nine points and the Green Wave took a 20-point advantage into the locker room.
UAB came out shooting in the second half and started the stanza with an 11-2 run to cut the Tulane lead to 11, 50-39, at the 16:44 mark. The Green Wave answered with 10-3 run of its own to reclaim an 18-point margin to lead 60-42 with 10:57 remaining in the game. However, UAB turned up its defensive intensity, allowing Tulane just two field goals over the next five minutes as two Cristy Smith free throws capped a 14-6 burst and brought the Lady Blazers to within 10, 66-56, with 5:43 left to play.
A Smith lay-up with 4:42 remaining cut the Tulane lead to single digits for the first time since the first half, but a Sarah Goree free throw and a Lacey Vicknair three-pointer left the Green Wave 12 points clear at the 3:14 mark. UAB's Brandi Stallings responded with a three-pointer and a free throw of her own to once again bring the Lady Blazers to within eight, but a Roberson jumper returned the Green Wave advantage to double figures.
UAB scored four straight to pull within six, 75-69, before two Goree free throws and a Roberson charity toss put Tulane up nine, 78-69, with 37 seconds to play. But Stallings nailed a three-pointer and hit two of three free throws on consecutive trips to cut the Tulane lead to four, 78-74, with 17 seconds remaining, forcing Roberson to hit two free throws to seal the win.
Grace Daley led Tulane with 19 points and nine rebounds, while dishing out a game-high five assists. Freshman Sarah Goree came off the bench to add 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, while Burse was 3-of-4 from the floor and 5-of-7 from the free throw line for 11 points. She also added four rebounds and an impressive five blocked shots.
Freshman Deanna Jackson led UAB with 25 points on 11-of-29 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds. Stallings added nine points in just nine minutes of action, while Felicia Jackson scored nine points before fouling out with 3:52 to play.
Tulane shot 64.4 percent from the field, while holding the UAB to a 35.8 percent shooting effort, though the Lady Blazers claimed a 43-32 edge on the boards.
Tulane returns to action on Thursday, as the Green Wave play host to Marquette in a Conference USA match-up. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Fogelman Arena.