Tulane Women’s Basketball dominates in 40-point win over Loyola-New Orleans

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Four Green Wave players scored in double figures in the win

NEW ORLEANS – Four different Tulane players scored in double figures as the Green Wave impressed in an 89-49 exhibition victory over Loyola-New Orleans at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.

Eleven of the team’s 13 players scored in the game, but none scored as many as junior guard Kayla Manuirirangi with 20. Krystal Freeman also lit up the scoreboard with 17 points and a team-high five rebounds while Meredith Schulte scored 12 and Sierra Cheatham added 11.

“I was pleased,” Manuirirangi said. “I just looked to score as much as I could, and my teammates did a great job of finding me. We moved the ball really well as a team tonight, so I just had to take the shots I was given.”

Tulane was strong passing the ball as well with 22 total assists to Loyola’s 11. The Green Wave got five assists apiece from Manuirirangi and Kaila Anderson to lead the way. Freshman Erin Gutierrez had a team-high five steals, and freshman Mia Heide led Tulane with two blocks.

On offense, Tulane started hot and didn’t cool down much. After a 9-for-13 performance from the field in the first quarter (69.2 percent), the Green Wave finished the game at 56.7 percent from the field. Tulane hit nine 3-pointers including six in the first quarter.

Defensively, the Green Wave kept the Wolf Pack to just 30.4 percent shooting and forced them into 23 turnovers. Tulane also kept Loyola off the boards, grabbing 45 while letting the Wolf Pack finish with just 27 rebounds.

“The nice thing is getting out there [against another team] and being able to execute and work on some things that we’ve been working on,” said head coach Lisa Stockton, now in her 25th year of coaching Tulane. “I think Loyola does a great job on defense and running things offensively, so they really do challenge you.”

After Loyola started the night off hot from 3-point range and took an early 8-point lead, Tulane heated up from downtown as well. The Green Wave hit their first five 3-pointers and turned an 8-point deficit into a 9-point first quarter lead thanks to a 21-4 run to close the period. Tulane was ahead 27-18 after 10 minutes with Manuirirangi and Anderson with 6 points apiece.

The Green Wave dominance continued in the second quarter as Tulane held Loyola to just 9 points in the period and forced eight Wolf Pack turnovers. Manuirirangi stayed hot, scoring 6 more points in the second leading Tulane with 12 heading into halftime.

After taking a 19-point lead into the break, Tulane quickly extended it to 30 within three minutes. The lead continued to grow for the rest of the night with Tulane holding a 40-point lead at the end of the game.

The regular season begins for Tulane on November 8 when the team takes on Texas Southern at Fogelman in Devlin. The Green Wave and Tigers will tip off at 7 p.m.

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