Morgan reaches 1,800 career points in Tulane loss at NC State

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The Tulane women’s basketball team hung with North Carolina State for one quarter, but the Wolfpack pulled away in the second quarter and didn’t look back at Reynolds Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Kolby Morgan had a team-high 20 points in the Green Wave’s 79-55 loss to the Wolfpack, reaching 1,800 for her career during the game.

The teams traded points in the first 10 minutes of the game for Tulane (4-4), with Morgan scoring 8 points in the first quarter and Harlyn Wyatt putting up 6. Despite trailing NC State (7-2) 22-17 after 10 minutes, the contest was still close.

But in the second quarter, NC State outscored Tulane 16-9 as the Green Wave made just two field goals. The Wolfpack earned a 12-point edge at the break thanks to scoring 14 second-chance points and getting to the free-throw line 10 times. NC State had 11 offensive rebounds, equaling the number of defensive rebounds Tulane grabbed. The Green Wave shot 41 percent from the field during the first 20 minutes but only took 22 total shots. The Wolfpack, meanwhile, shot 35 percent but attempted 35 shots.

Morgan had 12 points at the break. She reached 1,800 points in her Tulane career midway through the first quarter with a 3-pointer. Morgan is now 10 points shy of fourth all-time in team history. Wyatt also had 8 points in the first half and hit her first three shots from the field, all mid-range jumpers.

In the third quarter, NC State doubled up Tulane, scoring 24 points to Tulane’s 12. That gave the Wolfpack a 24-point lead with 10 minutes to go, and they held that lead throughout the fourth quarter for the win.

When the final buzzer sounded, NC State had outrebounded Tulane 42-24 including a 20-8 edge on the offensive glass. The Wolfpack also had 32 points in the paint compared to 10 for the Green Wave.

Besides Morgan’s 20 points, Wyatt also reached double figures with 10. Freshman Sierra Cheatham and junior Ksenija Madzarevic scorerd 6 points each, with Madzarevic’s 6 setting a new season best.

Wyatt and Tene Thompson tied for the team high in rebounding with five each, and Wyatt grabbed her 300th career rebound. Kayla Manuirirangi led the Green Wave with five assists, surpassing 50 in her career.

Tulane now returns home to New Orleans for their next five games. Tulane will start the five-game homestand against UNO on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The game will air live on Cox Sports TV.

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