The Mississippi State Bulldogs performed much better with the doors open and in front of a crowd Thursday night against the Tulane Green Wave.
After not doing well against Tulane during closed scrimmages in the last two preseasons, MSU was able to defeat the Green Wave 77-68 in the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament at Humphrey Coliseum.
The Bulldogs, who won their 20th game of the season in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 1,059, had five players to score in double digits, led by the 15 points each of Martha Alwal and Savannah Carter.
"I'm awfully proud of our team," MSU coach Vic Schaefer said. "Give Tulane a lot of credit because coach (Lisa) Stockton does a great job. This is the third time we've played them in two years. We talked about throwing the first punch (Thursday night) and I thought we did in the first half. That's where the game stayed. We punched them the first couple of times and basically it stayed there. I'm so proud about win No. 20 against a quality opponent.
"To God be the glory because He has blessed us and these young ladies to play their heart out like they did."
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