State basketball: Tulane women tumble at Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulane women’s basketball team erased an early 14-point deficit only to surrender an eight-point edge in the second half of its 67-65 loss Sunday afternoon at Tulsa.

Tulsa (9-13, 4-5 Conference USA) scored 18 of the game’s first 22 points to surge to an early lead, but Tulane (17-5, 6-3) answered with a 15-0 run to take a 19-18 advantage.

After leading 35-29 at halftime, the Green Wave extended the edge to 37-29 before Tulsa responded with an 18-6 run. Tulane forged ties at 52-52 and 60-60 but did not lead again.

Sophomore Whitney Bibbins (University High) had 22 points off the bench, and Danielle Blagg added 12 points to pace Tulane, which had won three straight. Taleya Mayberry had 24 points to pace Tulsa.

“I’m glad (Bibbins and Blagg) played today,” Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said of the pair, who missed Thursday’s game against UTEP because of illness. “They’re great for us. We just have to have other players still play well. I don’t think Olivia Grayson or Janique (Kautsky) had their better games today, and we need them to be good, too. That’s what makes us good.”

Tulane hosts Rice at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Louisiana-Monroe 68, Louisiana -Lafayette 63, OT: ULM trailed much of the way, but Jasmine Shaw led a late 11-2 rally to send the game to overtime, where the Warhawks prevailed.

Shaw finished with a game-high 21 points, 17 of which came in the second half for the Warhawks (7-16, 5-9 Sun Belt). Ashleigh Simmons chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season.

Sylvana Okde led ULL (7-16, 1-13) with 20 points, but the Cajuns’ losing streak reached 10 games.

A three-point play from Shaw cut ULL’s lead to 57-53 with 2:21 remaining in regulation. Shaw followed with a steal and a layup to cut the deficit to 57-55 with just over two minutes to play.

Shaw added another baseline jumper to tie it at 59 with 1:18 to go, and neither team scored again before the end of the half.

ULM led the entire extra period, and Alexar Tugler gave the Warhawks a 66-63 lead with 26.7 seconds left. Shaw made two free throws to seal it and give ULM its fourth win in its past five games.