Lengthy scoring droughts in each half spelled doom for the Southern women in a 65-45 loss to visiting Tulane on Friday night.
Despite the loss, Southern coach Sandy Pugh found some bright spots from her young team (0-2).
“This time of the year is all about growth,” Pugh said. “We missed a couple of easy shots and missed some assignments, but for a young team, we definitely improved from last week.”
Tulane’s frontcourt tandem of Tiffany Dale and Janique Kautsky proved too much for the Lady Jaguars. Dale led the way with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Kautsky was 3-of-5 from 3-point range, leading to 13 points for Tulane (3-0).
“Those two players scored a lot, but they are also very good on defense,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. “I thought they did a great job of not only running the floor but crashing the boards and being able to hit open shots.”
Kendra Coleman was 6-of-10 and led Southern with 15 points.
The game opened with both teams struggling from the field. Adrian Sanders’ turn-around jumper gave Southern the first points after nearly three scoreless minutes.
Tulane made just two of its first 12 shots to allow the Lady Jaguars to take a 9-7 lead as the 11-minute mark drew near. But from that point on, the Green Wave were able to settle down and run their offense.
Started by a quick four points from Danielle Blagg, Tulane went on 20-4 run in the next seven minutes. Kautsky received a pass from Jamie Kapla and sank a deep 3, forcing Pugh to call a timeout with 3:53 to go.
“Our defense gave us a lot of momentum,” Stockton said. “We created a lot of offense from our defense.”
Kautsky came right back out and made an eight-foot jumper on Tulane’s next possession to extend its lead to 31-13. Southern made its first field goal since the 11-minute mark, but it came with a stroke of luck when Sanders sank a desperation 3-pointer as the shot clock expired.
But Tulane answered with a 7-0 run capped with another 3 from Kautsyk right before the buzzer to give the Green Wave a 38-16 halftime lead.
“We spotted them 20 points in the first half,” Pugh said. “Tulane is so well-disciplined.”
With Dale and Kautsky on the bench to begin the second, Yasmin Fuller sank two quick 3-pointers, and Coleman added eight points as part of a 15-5 run to cut the deficit to 12.
Kautsky and Dale were forced to end their long rest, and so ended Southern’s chances. The Tulane duo clamped down on Coleman and Fuller to hold the Lady Jaguars to another long drought.
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