NEW ORLEANS — Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins, a former University High standout, scored a career-high 25 points, but it was not enough as Tulane women’s basketball team dropped a 65-64 overtime decision to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Wednesday afternoon in Devlin Fieldhouse.
The Green Wave led by as many as 15 in the first half, and were leading in the waning seconds of both regulation and overtime. The Lady Cajuns, however, got a 3-pointer from Sylvana Okde in the final second of regulation to send the game to overtime and a trey by Brandi Schambough with 3.1 seconds remaining in the extra period provided the winning margin.
With the loss, Tulane falls to 7-2 on the year and saw its winning streak against in-state opponents snapped at 15. UL-Lafayette, meanwhile, earned its first win against the Green Wave since 1991 to improve to 6-5 overall.
“They made some great plays but we had some opportunities to finish them,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. “Offensively, I thought we took some bad shots, we didn’t hit them, we missed one-and-ones, we missed free throws and they got every (key) rebound. We didn’t get a lot of offensive rebounds down the stretch and that was a key.
“They made two great plays — one to put it in overtime and one to win. They made great plays, but opened the door to give them those opportunities. We’ve got to do a better job of answering the challenges.”
The two teams traded the first eight points of overtime and Bibbins scored five straight with a three-point play and a layup to put the Wave on top 61-56 with 2:21 remaining. An Okde 3-pointer and a Bibbins basket made it a four-point affair and Okde added her seventh trey of the game with 27 seconds to go to make it 63-62. Bibbins was able to hit 1-of-2 free throws to keep UL-Lafayette’s hopes alive, and Schambough drained the game-winner on the ensuing possession to account for the final score.
Grayson finished with 10 points and shared team-high rebound honors with Bibbins with eight apiece. Snow led the Wave with eight assists while Bibbins and sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan each had a pair of steals. Sophomore forward Tiffany Dale and freshman center Chinwe Duru both had three of the team’s season-high 11 blocked shots.
Okde led UL-Lafayette with 23 points, while Robbie Brown added 13. Jasmin Mills and Kia wilridge had nine rebounds apiece, Wilridge handed out a game-high nine assists, and Ashley Benjamin led all players with four steals.
SETON HALL 82, NEW ORLEANS 35: In South Orange, N.J., four players scored in double-figures to lead Seton Hall to a victory over New Orleans.
Terry Green scored a team-high 15 points as Seton Hall (4-7) snapped a three-game losing streak. Green made 5 of 6 three-point attempts as the Pirates connected on 9 of 16 shots from beyond the arc. Ka-Deidre Simmons had double-double with 12 points and 10 assists.
UNO (1-10) was led by Amber Clay with 12 points.
Mathilde Fogelstrom pulled down a team-high eight rebounds for the Lady Privateers
UNO struggled offensively, shooting a season-low 23.5 percent from the field while committing 22 turnovers.
UNO will play the next two games against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, visiting UAPB on Friday at 6 p.m. before hosting the Golden Lions on Dec. 28 at 6 p.m.
Arkansas State 66, Nicholls State 58: In Jonesboro, Ark., trailing for most the game, Nicholls State put together a 10-2 run in the second half to come within four points against Arkansas State, but the Red Wolves never surrendered the lead.
Nicholls falls to 7-3 on the year, while ASU improves to 4-7. The Lady Colonels had their two-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 2-1 against teams from the Sun Belt Conference.
Freshman Emani White came off the bench to lead Nicholls with a career-high 14 points, while Alisha Allen scored 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting and grabbed five rebounds, and KK Babin tacked on 10 points.
Nicholls’ largest lead came early in the game after Jasmine Scott made a field goal inside for an 11-5 advantage. Arkansas State used an 8-1 run to take the lead, then pushed it to double figures before the intermission.
Nicholls shot 35.7 percent for the field, including a 21.7 percent (5-of-23) effort from behind the 3-point line. The Lady Colonels were outrebounded 41-34 and finished with 18 turnovers.
ASU’s Jane Morrill led all scorers with 21 points and Carlisha Wyatt came off the bench for 14 points.
The Lady Colonels close out the year at 7 p.m. on Dec. 29 at Texas Southern.