Women's Basketball Falls To Tulane with Buzzer Beater, 73-71
NEW ORLEANS, La. - With time winding down, Tulane's Danielle Blagg found herself wide open as she launched a three-pointer as time expired to propel the Green Wave past Southern Miss, 73-71, in overtime Saturday.
Southern Miss (13-4, 2-2) missed an opportunity to ice the game, but missed four of six free throws in the final 48 seconds while Tulane (12-5, 3-1) connected on three-of-four in the overtime period.
Jerontay Clemons led Southern Miss with a team-best 18 points while Jamierra Faulkner recorded a double-double with 10 points, 13 assists and six steals. Kierra Jordan and Clemons collected eight rebounds apiece.
The Lady Eagles held a two-point advantage, 62-60, with 1:59 remaining in regulation. Neither team managed to score a basket, but Tulane's Chinwe Duru tied the game with two free throws with 4.9 seconds remaining in regulation. Faulkner's shot fell just short as time expired. Southern Miss led by as many as seven early in the second half, but the Green Wave chipped away as the Southern Miss went cold from the field.
The first half featured five ties and three lead changes while both team shot a respectable percent from the field. Tulane grabbed the early lead on a three-pointer to open the game, but Alex Coyne answered with a three-pointer. Tulane eventually pushed the lead to 10-5 before Southern Miss used an 8-1 run to take a 13-11 lead. Tulane's Danielle Blagg connected on back-to-back threes to put the home up before Tamara Jones and Jerontay Clemons connected back-to-back layups to tie the score at 17-17.
Tulane then outscored the visitors 13-4 over 5:12 to push the lead to 30-21 with 4:46 remaining before the half. The Lady Eagles turned their defensive pressure up and ended the half outscoring the Green Wave 10-0 in taking a 31-30 halftime lead.
Tulane's Leslie Vorpahl led all scorers with a game-high 20 points, including eight in the overtime. Blagg scored 13 points followed by Duru with 11 and Tierra Jones chipped in 10. Tiffany Dale pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds.
Southern Miss finished the game shooting 39.7 percent from the field while Tulane connected on 37.3 percent. The Green Wave held a big advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Lady Eagles, 55-38.
Southern Miss will travel to UTEP for a midweek Conference USA contest against the Miners on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 8:05 p.m. central time.