Tulane Green Wave
Wave women Falls at No. 1 UConn, 100-56
STORRS, Conn. – The (-/RV) Tulane women's basketball team (12-7, 3-3) battled toe-to-toe in the early goings against No. 1 UConn, (18-0, 6-0), remaining within single digits for the first 14 minutes and had it within 11 points just two minutes before the half. Yet, a strong offensive showing from the Huskies (56.0 percent shooting) pushed the home team ahead on Sunday to the final score of 100-56, as UConn won their 93rd straight match.
Junior Kolby Morgan was the lone Green Wave in double figures with 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the floor, marking Morgan's fourth straight game with 20+ points.
"I was really excited to see Kolby step up and answer this challenge today. I thought she played a tremendous game," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton stated. "Kolby has grown so much since we played here last year and I think you can see that."
Tulane held UConn's leading scorer Katie Lou Samuelson scoreless in the opening period, as the Wave trailed just 19-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Later at 5:42 in the second, three free-throws courtesy of Courtnie Latham cut the deficit to 31-23. Morgan then took over the offense connecting on back-to-back three-point plays to keep the Wave at striking distance, down 40-29 at the 2:05 mark.
However, Samuelson caught fire in the second period, scoring 18 points in the 10-minute frame to keep UConn out ahead, spearheading a 10-0 run in the final two minutes of the quarter to hand the Huskies a 50-29 lead at the half.
UConn then used that momentum to outscore Tulane 32-14 in the third, ultimately benefitting from 26 total Tulane turnovers which they converted into 31 points. By the final, UConn's Samuelson finished with a game high 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting.
Tulane's 56 points marked their best offensive showing against the top-ranked Huskies while in The American. Furthermore, in the battle of the boards, Tulane was up 19-16 at the half and was only outrebounded by one at the conclusion of the game, 31-30.
"I thought we had moments where we played really well, especially offensively," Stockton added. "I thought we shared the ball pretty well. I'd like to see us defensively hold a little better than what we did."
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