Tulane Women’s Basketball comeback falls short at Southern Miss
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Tulane women’s basketball team trailed Southern Miss by as many as 13 points and fought back to tie the contest late in the fourth quarter, but the Golden Eagles scored 9 straight points after that and held on to win 66-58 at Reed Green Coliseum on Tuesday night.
After the Green Wave tied the game at 55-55 with four minutes remaining, Southern Miss (2-0) closed the game by sinking its final four field-goal attempts and hitting shots from the free-throw line while Tulane (1-2) made just 1 of its final 11 attempts from the floor.
Tulane entered the fourth quarter trailing by 8 points, and Southern Miss extended the lead to 10 early in the period. But from there, the Green Wave went on a 14-4 to knot things up. During that run, Kolby Morgan had 7 points, Kaila Anderson had 3 and Tene Thompson and Harlyn Wyatt had 2 apiece.
But from there, Southern Miss regrouped and could not miss. Megan Brown knocked down a layup on the Eagles’ next possession, Shonte Hailes made a layup a minute later, Alarie Mayze scored with 90 seconds left and Amber Landing capped the late 9-0 run with a jumper with 48 seconds left to end any Green Wave hopes.
Morgan was Tulane’s leading scorer with 17 points and also had five rebounds. Kayla Manuirirangi and Thompson had nine points each, and Thompson and Wyatt tied for the team high with seven rebounds. Anderson had a team-high four assists, and Thompson led the way with three blocks.
Overall on the game, Tulane shot just 33 percent from the field and helped Southern Miss to 16 points from 17 turnovers. The Eagles were also strong inside, scoring 38 points in the paint.
The Green Wave came out on fire in the first quarter, hitting 7 of 12 shots including 5 of 6 from the 3-point line. That offensive prowess combined with Southern Miss foul trouble and shooting woes led Tulane to a 22-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
But the second quarter was a different story. Southern Miss started a full-court press that forced Tulane turnovers and also started hitting shots. The Green Wave offense went cold – making just two baskets in 10 minutes – while the Eagles scored 20 points and completely turned the momentum of the game. The home squad drained eight field goals in the second quarter on their way to a 32-27 halftime lead.
After starting the year with three consecutive games on the road, Tulane will finally play a home game on Friday. The Green Wave are set to host Vanderbilt at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse with tipoff scheduled for noon.
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