Alasia Smith dominated the glass, snagging 10 of her 11 total rebounds on the offensive boards. (Photo: William Weeks/Tri-State Defender)

In a tightly contested AAC matchup, the Memphis Lady Tigers pulled off a dramatic 80-79 overtime win against the Tulane Green Wave at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The game was a true test of resilience and grit, with both teams displaying commendable efforts.

Tulane had a strong start, leading 24-12 at the end of the first quarter, but Memphis battled back to keep the game close. The scores at the end of regulation were tied at 74-74, pushing the game into an intense overtime period.

The overtime period in the Memphis Lady Tigers’ nail-biting 80-79 victory over the Tulane Green Wave was a showcase of intense basketball, marked by strategic plays, crucial misses, and a test of nerves. Memphis’ Shelbee Brown showcased her defensive prowess with multiple steals, highlighting the team’s focus on defense under pressure​​.

Madison Griggs, who finished with 20 points and three steals, missed a key jumper but stayed aggressive, contributing to the team’s scoring when it mattered most. Brown’s continued effort on defense was crucial, leading to a vital three-pointer by Griggs, assisted by Brown herself.

Memphis eventually edged out Tulane with a final score of 80-79.

Griggs was hot from the arc, making six three-pointers. Hannah Riddick and Shelbee Brown both came off the bench for 13 and 11 points, respectively, with Brown recording a career-high seven steals.

Alasia Smith was all over the boards tonight, racking up 11 rebounds with 10 of them coming on the offensive end.

The Green Wave’s performance was noteworthy, with a field goal percentage of 53.7% and a three-point percentage of 38.5%. They also excelled in free throws, making 16 out of 22 attempts. Their defensive efforts were reflected in 10 steals and 4 blocks, contributing to their 27 points off turnovers.

Memphis, on the other hand, had a field goal percentage of 35.4% and were effective from the three-point line with a 40.0% success rate. They made 14 out of 21 free throw attempts. The Lady Tigers also showcased their depth, with their bench contributing 35 points to the win.

The game saw the lead change seven times and was tied on three occasions, underlining the closely fought nature of the contest. Both teams fought valiantly, with Tulane showing remarkable offensive efficiency and Memphis demonstrating their resilience and ability to come back from a deficit.

This victory for Memphis is a significant boost as they improve their record, while Tulane will look to build on the positives from this closely contested game. The AAC continues to showcase competitive and exciting basketball, with teams like Memphis and Tulane contributing to the thrilling nature of the conference.

The Tigers will hit the road next week to take on Charlotte and East Carolina on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively. Wednesday’s tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT while Saturday’s game will begin at 1 p.m. CT. Coverage for both games can be found on ESPN+.