Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said her team's offense was still evolving after playing eight of its first nine games away from Fogelman Arena.
Playing aganst UNO (1-7) in just its second home game Tuesday, the Green Wave had contributions from several players in taking an easy 79-56 victory.
“First of all, it's good to be home,” Stockton said. “Rebounding was really key. It was a well-played game for us.”
Tulane (5-4) outrebounded UNO (1-7) 49-39 and held the Privateers to 25.8 percent shooting.
In the first game between the two schools since 2013, Tulane won for the fourth consecutive time. The game also was the first of a five-game home stand for the Wave through the Tulane Classic on Dec. 21-22. The Wave next will play LSU on Sunday.
Kolby Morgan, who keyed a big third quarter that sealed the victory, led Tulane with 21 points. However, power forward Schulte scored 13 points — 10 in the first half — and had eight rebounds. Center Wyatt had 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, and guard Cayla Cruickshank came off the bench to score 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
“It's a goal of ours to always rebound, and it was first in my mine,” Wyatt said. “We got a lot of 50-50 balls.”
UNO was led by guard Randi Brown, who scored 20 points, but only nine after the first quarter. Forward Shania Woods had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
After taking control with a scoring burst that began midway of the third quarter, the Green Wave pulled away in the third. Tulane outscored UNO 17-6 from the start of the third to the 3:26 mark in taking an insurmountable 59-39 lead.
Tulane outscored the Privateers 18-9 in the quarter, with Morgan getting 10. The Wave outrebounded UNO 14-7 in the third, including 6-1 on offensive rebounds.
Tulane led 42-33 at halftime after outscoring the Privateers 10-2 from 6:10 of the second quarter to the 2:00 mark. Key in the run were putbacks by Wyatt with 3:33 left and Morgan at the two-minute mark.
“Offensive rebounds hurt us,” Privateers coach Keeshawn Davenport said. “When they got offensive rebounds, they got 3s off of them. And, we missed too many layups.”
A 25-16 rebounding edge was a big reason the Wave was able to lead at halftime. Rebounding fueled the fast break, and the Wave also had 10 offensive boards, all leading to 16-of-33 shooting (48.5 percent), including 10-of-19 shooting (52.6) in the second quarter. The Privateers stayed in striking distance with 12-of-13 free-throw shooting.
Tulane handled UNO presses for the most part, but misses in the lane on fast breaks and drives-and-dishes prevented the Privateers from getting closer.
The Wave led 18-15 after the first quarter, in which there were eight lead changes and three ties. Brown led UNO with 11 points.
However, Tulane began changing defenses, trapping UNO's ball-handlers near the free-throw line and forcing passes, which resulted in misses.
Even though the Wave began pressing, patience on offense enabled it to makes its key run behind Schulte and Wyatt's scoring in the lane.