Tulsa kept close as much as it could, but could not get past Tulane as it fell 65-61 to the Green Wave Wednesday night in New Orleans.
Kadan Brady led the Golden Hurricane (11-14 overall, 5-9 in Conference USA) with 15 points, including three treys, and Mariah Turner scored 10.
The Golden Hurricane, who qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year after a successful run that led to Conference USA Tournament Championship, have now dropped seven of their last eight games after a 4-2 start in league play.
Tulane (20-7, 11-3) was led by Jamie Kaplan’s 17 points. Danielle Blagg also scored 13 points and Adesuwa Ebomwonyi logged 12 for the Green Wave.
Free throw shooting was also huge, because Tulsa was only given five shots at the line, where it connected on two (40 percent) and Tulane hit 18-of-27 attempts (67 percent).
TU was outrebounded 38-31, shot 43 percent (26-of-60) and 32 percent (7-of-22) from 3-point range.
Tulane also shot 43 percent (21-of-49) from the field and 26 percent (5-of-19) in 3-pointers.
The Green Wave scored the first eight points of the game and moved to a 16-5 lead less than seven minutes into the first half.
TU would answer with a run and came within 25-23 after an inside layup from Brady with 5:30 to go before the break. It would trail 28-25 at halftime.
Tulane would stretch its advantage to 10 points early in the second half before Tulsa would cut the deficit down again, eventually tying it at 44-44 on a basket from Ashley Clark with 10:13 to go, then led 46-45 after a layup from Liesl Spoerl with 9:11 left to go.
It lasted only less than 20 seconds and it would be its only lead of the night. The Green Wave would take it back and gradually expanded as the game progressed.