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Tulane defeats Cincinnati for tournament title
Posted: Monday March 01, 1999 11:31 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Grace Daley scored 19 points Monday night to lead Tulane to a 58-44 victory over Cincinnati to claim the Conference USA tournament championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The third-seeded Green Wave (22-5) and top-seeded Cincinnati (22-8) finished in a four-way tie with Louisville and Marquette for the conference regular-season title.
Tulane held Cincinnati to 16 percent shooting (5 for 31) in the second half and 23 percent shooting (14 of 61) for the game. The Green Wave shot 48 percent (10 for 21) in breaking open what was a close game in the first half
Tulane didn't score during the first four minutes of the second half, but Cincinnati could only reduce a 29-22 halftime deficit to three points.
The Bearcats then went cold, going scoreless for more than six minutes. Tulane went on a 10-0 run that gave them a 39-26 lead with 12 minutes remaining.
Cincinnati's drought ended when Tish Perry made two free throws, but it was too late.
Cincinnati out-rebounded Tulane, 24-17, but committed 13 turnovers to Tulane's eight.
Daley, who scored 29 points in a semifinal victory against Louisville on Sunday, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Janell Burse added 11 points for the Green Wave.
Candice Roberson led Cincinnati with 12 points and Doris Scott scored 11. Madinah Slaise, the Bearcats' leading scorer, was held to six points, 15 below her average. The Green Wave had a tournament-record nine blocked shots.
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