Despite a late rally by the Lady Pirates, Tulane held on for the 70-65 win over ECU Thursday evening at Minges Coliseum. Ashley Langford led all scorers with 28 points. The Green Wave improve to 12-10 on the year, 2-7 in Conference USA action while East Carolina falls to 10-12, 4-5 in league play.
Tulane took its first lead of the game at the 4:30 mark on a Alendra Brown layup, going up 24-23. Ashley Langford’s three-pointer increased the Green Wave lead out to four, 27-23. A Shana Franks basket with 48.2 seconds remaining in the opening half to pull ECU within one, 29-28, but Langford hit a jumper with 27.9 seconds to play to take the 31-28 lead into the break.
Brittany Lindsey’s jumper with 13:24 remaining gave Tulane its largest lead of the game, 45-37. Lauren Cochran rolled off five unanswered points to pull ECU within three, 45-42, with 11:53 to play. However, a 5-0 run by the Green Wave extended its lead back out to eight at the ten minute mark. A three-point play by Jasmine Young at the 9:03 mark cut the Tulane lead down to four, 52-48. Shuanda Ashford’s putback with 5:08 to play pulled ECU within six, 59-53, but a Brown jumper put the Green Wave back up eight with 4:46 remaining in the contest. Terry hit a pair of free throws with 3:02 on the clock, making the score 61-55, but a jumper by Kendra Barnes increased Tulane’s lead to eight, 63-55. A pair of Langford free throws gave the Green Wave the ten point, 65-55 lead with 2:10 to play, but a layup by Nicole Days pulled the Lady Pirates within eight with 1:59 on the clock.
ECU put together six straight points on a Gabriela Husarova three-pointer and then a steal by Husarova and the pass to Terry for the basket and the foul, cutting the lead down to two, 65-63, with 1:26 remaining. Young’s fast break layup with 48.6 seconds to play tied the game at 65 a-piece, forcing Tulane to call a timeout. Langford hit the jumper and was fouled with 25.1 seconds on the clock, giving the Green Wave the 68-65 lead. The Lady Pirates had two attempts on the next possession, but could not hit either. A pair of Langford free throws sealed the game with 2.0 seconds to play, giving the Green Wave the 70-65 victory.
Langford led all scorers with 28 points and six rebounds while Brown added 16. Husarova and Terry led ECU with 14 points a-piece while Young chipped in 13. The Lady Pirates shot just 37.1 percent from the field while Tulane shot 43.5.
ECU will travel to El Paso, Texas for a nationally televised contest against UTEP on Sunday, Feb. 10. The 2:00 p.m. tip-off will be aired live on ESPN2.