CHARLOTTE, NC– D'Aundra Henry scored 11 points and Lakethia Hampton added 10, but the Tulane women's basketball team could not overcome a 20 point halftime deficit, falling to Charlotte, 62-38, in Conference USA play Friday night at Halton Arena.
The Green Wave broke the scoring column first, but Charlotte went on a 21-4 run until Hampton hit a short jumper in the lane at the 10:35 mark. Cold-shooting plagued Tulane the first half as the Wave hit just 4-of-30, 13.3 percent, from the floor while the 49ers connected on 45.2 percent of their shots and headed to the break with a 33-13 advantage.
"We really fed off of each other in the first half, and missing a few shots became contagious," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "Shooting can be your greatest strength or your greatest weakness. As we get frustrated we need to work the ball more and take better shots. It was incredible that we got that many shots and couldn't make them."
Tulane went on a 12-4 run to start the second half behind seven points from Henry, as the Wave cut the lead to 14, 37-23. After Charlotte rattled off eight points unanswered, Henry found Jami Montagnino open in the right corner for her second consecutive three-pointer. From there the 49ers answered with an 18-7 run to end the game, 62-38, as Tulane continued to struggle offensively, shooting 26.3 percent during the second, and 20.6 percent for the game.
Nine of Henry's 11 team-high points came in the second stanza, as the Houma, La., native also led the Green Wave rebounding with eight caroms. Hampton added six rebounds and 10 points while Montagnino ended the night with six points.
The Green Wave defense held the Niners to 62 points, well below their average of 75.8 points per game. Pam Brown led Charlotte with 15 points while Sakellie Daniels grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
"I thought our defense really held," Stockton added. "We gave up some points in the last five minutes, but I thought we did a good job defensively."
With the loss, the Wave fall to 9-11, 1-6 in Conference USA while Charlotte moves to 17-3, 5-1 in the league.
Tulane returns to action Sunday at East Carolina with the opening tip slated for 1 p.m. (CST). The game will be broadcast live on the flagship radio station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 FM.
Women's Hoops Falls To Charlotte, 62-38
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