NEW ORLEANS, La.- In an intense match-up from start to finish between the Grambling State University Lady Tigers and the Tulane University Greenwave, Tulane defeated Grambling 66-49 in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.
It was a struggle for the Lady Tigers to find their rhythm in the first half of the game.
Tulane's offense got off to a blistering start, tying its highest shooting percentage in a first quarter this season by knocking down 64.3 percent of its shots (9-of-14), thus earning a 23-15 lead.
The Wave's defense then put its stamp on the second period, as Tulane outscored Grambling 15-4, tying its fewest points allowed in a quarter all season. Missed shots and GSU turnovers gave Tulane the opportunity to take a 19 point lead over the Lady Tigers..When the Green Wave went into their locker-room at half, they boasted a 38-19 lead, with 14 assists on 15 made field goals.
Tulane did not let up in the second half, building a lead as large as 24 points, 58-34, after a Kolby Morgan three-pointer with 7:58 remaining. In all, eight different Tulane players registered points by the final buzzer.
"We felt good about our chances… We had our chances, but I just think we ran out of gas. I'm proud of my team. We have nothing to hang our heads down about. We were able to do some great things this year and we have a lot of things to build on going into next year," said interim head coach Freddie Murray.
Both Shakyla Hill and Monisha Neal from GSU finished the game with a double-double; 12 points and 10 rebounds apiece. Kolby Morgan of Tulane was the game's lead scorer with 15 points and 5 rebounds.