Arkansas-Pine Bluff defeats UNO, 63-54

NEW ORLEANS — Cassidy Wright scored 16 points to pace Arkansas-Pine Bluff to a 63-54 win over the University of New Orleans on Friday night in women’s college basketball action at Lakefront Arena.

It was the second victory by UAPB (4-7) over UNO (1-12) in a week. The Golden Lions defeated the Lady Privateers 75-62 last Friday in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Lakendra Marsh added 11 points for the Golden Lions, who were outrebounded 55-45.

The 55 rebounds marked a season-high for UNO, eclipsing the previous mark of 46.

UNO’s Yasmin Taylor had 16 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. Amber Clay added 10 rebounds while notching her first career double-double by scoring 12 points.

Mechel’le Thomas and Mirjam Sipos joined Clay in double-figure scoring with 12 and 10 points.

PALM BEACH STATE 81, LSU-EUNICE 80: A free throw with 0.6 seconds left in the game lifted Palm Beach to the win.

The game was tied at 80 in the final seconds before the Lady Bengals (4-9) were whistled for a foul and Palm Beach State converted for the win.

Lida Politopoulou had 18 points, 11 assists, eight steals and six rebounds to pace the Lady Bengals, who also got 14 points apiece from Meghan Cross and Chesley Dubroc.

LSU Eunice plays Community College of Rhode Island at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tulane hosting tourney

In New Orleans, Tulane returns to action Saturday when it hosts Eastern Michigan, McNeese State and Ole Miss in the 17th Annual Tulane/DoubleTree Classic in Devlin Fieldhouse.

The Wave open tournament play at 1 p.m. against Eastern Michigan. McNeese State will face Ole Miss at 3 p.m. The two-day event concludes Sunday with the consolation game at 1 p.m. The championship contest is scheduled to tip off at 3 p.m.

Tulane (8-2) is looking to build on the momentum of a 73-62 home win over North Texas on Dec. 22. The Green Wave is averaging 68.2 points per game.

Sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins, a former University High School standout, leads the Tulane offense with 14.3 points per game.

Senior guard Olivia Grayson and sophomore guard Danielle Blagg follow with identical scoring averages of 9.5.

Grayson leads the team in rebounds with 6.7 per game and also headlines the club with 21 steals.

“I think we’re coming along,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. “Our defense has improved and that was a concern at the beginning of the year. Offensively, I feel that we had a good performance in our last game. We were able to get some rhythm going to our offense. Putting all these players on the court at different times and at different positions has certainly been a big task, but I think we’re really coming together.”

Eastern Michigan (2-8) looks to build on a 74-69 win at UMKC its last time out on Dec. 15. As a team, the Eagles are averaging 56.2 points.

Miranda Tate leads Eastern Washington with 13.7 points per game, while Olivia Fouty and Natachia Watkins follow with scoring averages of 10.7 and 9.5, respectively.