ORLANDO, Fla. — It wasn’t always pretty, but the final result was sweet for the Tulane women’s basketball team as the Green Wave remained unbeaten on the road with a 57-55 Conference USA win over Central Florida on Thursday night.
The Green Wave (15-4, 4-2 C-USA) trailed just once and held a 10-point lead at 45-35 with 10:03 to play in regulation. The Knights, however, refused to go away and rallied to cut the deficit to one twice in the final four minutes. Forward Whitney Bibbins, who came off the bench to lead the team with 17 points and seven rebounds helped lead the win.
The former University High School star blocked a potential game-tying jumper by Briahanna Jackson as the final horn sounded to clinch the victory.
With the win, Tulane remained perfect away from home with a combined 8-0 mark in road (6-0) and neutral-site (2-0) contests. UCF fell to 7-13 and 1-5.
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 70, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 64: In Hammond, Brandi Simmons and Elizabeth Styles led four Lady Lions in double figures with 16 points each, as Southeastern upset the defending Southland Conference regular-season champion Sugar Bears.
The Lady Lions (9-11, 2-7 Southland) won its second straight conference game with the victory behind a balanced effort.
UCA (13-7, 6-3 Southland), which had won 22 straight at home before last Thursday’s loss to McNeese State, lost in Conway for the second time this season.
ORAL ROBERTS 84, NICHOLLS STATE 56: In Tulsa, Okla., the Golden Eagles opened the second half with a 29-8 run and avenged an earlier loss to the Lady Colonels.
The Colonels (12-8, 4-5 Southland Conference) have lost four of their last five and three straight on the road.
Alisha Allen led Nicholls with 18 points and seven rebounds.
LAMAR 54, NORTHWESTERN STATE 53: In Beaumont, Texas, Dominique Edwards’ career-high-tying 21 points, coupled with 27.5 percent shooting from the Lady Demons, were too much for Northwestern State to overcome.
Northwestern (7-12, 3-6 Southland Conference) was 14-of-51 from the floor including 1-of-10 from behind the 3-point line. Lamar (13-6, 6-3 SLC) finished the game 19-of-41 (46.3 percent) and hit 10 of 16 in the first half.