NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- With a 10-0 surge midway through the second half, Tulane broke open a close game to end Sam Houston State’s 2013 women’s basketball season with a 65-57 Green Wave win in the first round of the WNIT Thursday at the Devlin Center in New Orleans.
The contest was tied nine times with 12 lead changes as neither team led by more than four points for the first 30 minutes of the game. The big difference for the Green Wave was shooting as Tulane shot 44 percent from the field (26-of-59) while Sam Houston hit 30 percent (21-of-69).
Seniors Britni Martin, Sequeena Thomas and Chanice Smith closed out their careers Thursday after leading Sam Houston to its first Southland Conference regular season championship, its first Southland tournament final and its first WNIT appearance.
Martin led all scorers with 18 points. Thomas totaled 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Smith tallied three points and grabbed six rebounds.
Angela Beadle was the Bearkats’ second-leading scorer with 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Sam Houston ends the year with an 18-15 record. Tulane advances to the WNIT second round with a 23-8 mark.
While Tulane led most of the first half, the Green Wave never had a lead of more than four points. The Bearkats led 17-15 on a Martin three-pointer, 21-20 thanks to a Jazmin Wiley layup, 24-22 after another Martin trey and 26-24 after a pair of free throws by Beadle with 2:18 before intermission.
Beadle struck again with 39 seconds left in the period with a layup to send Sam Houston into the locker room with a 28-26 lead at half.
Just 36 seconds into the second half Beadle gave Sam Houston its largest lead of the game, 30-26. The Kats kept the lead for the next eight minutes with Thomas scoring to put SHSU up 43-40 with 12:20 to play.
The momentum turned after a basket by Adesuwa Ebomwonyi with 10:10 to play to start a 10-0 Tulane run as the Green Wave went up 53-43. Beadle finally ended the streak with a layup with 6:49 on the clock but the damage was done. Tulane out-scored the Kats 25-24 in the final eight minutes.