Oct. 31, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane basketball programs tune up for their regular season openers with an exhibition doubleheader on Thursday at Fogelman Arena. Lisa Stockton's Green Wave women's basketball team opens with a 5:30 tip-off against the Houston Jaguars club team, followed by Dave Dickerson's men's squad taking on Loyola at 8 p.m. The Tulane men's team returns seven letterwinners, including four starters, from last year's 17-13 squad that posted the most victories since the 1999-2000 season. The Wave's 9-7 league mark was good for a fourth place finish conference play and marked the program's most conference wins since 1996-97. The finish also earned the Green Wave a first round bye in the conference tournament for the first time since 2000.
The Wave returns 72 percent of its scoring offense and 68 percent of its rebounding corps, and Tulane features two talented redshirt players, who were forced to sit out last season, and a four-member newcomer class to go with the solid group of returners.
Leading the way this season will be the four returning starters of seniors David Gomez and Matt Wheaton, junior Robinson Lousime and sophomore Kevin Sims. Gomez was an All C-USA Third Team performer, while Sims was selected to the all-conference freshman team. After winning just 10 games as freshman in 2004-05, this year's senior class has helped rebuild the Green Wave with a combined record of 29 victories over the last two seasons.
The Tulane women's basketball team was picked to repeat as Conference USA regular season champions in the preseason forecast by the conference's coaches, and picked up votes in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 poll. The Wave received two points, which ranks 50th.
Point guard Ashley Langford, who was second in C-USA in assists and eighth in the nation last season, headlines Tulane's returning players. Senior Alendra Brown is Tulane's top returning scorer with 8.1 points per game, and also was the Green Wave's second-leading rebounder and shot blocker in 2006-07. Senior forward Dominique Philpots, who like Barnes, averaged 4.6 points per game, was Tulane's leading shot-blocker with 41 rejections last year. Megan Valicevic, a 5-11 forward from The Woodlands, Texas, averaged 4.2 points per game in 14.2 minutes last season, and may see time and both the four and three positions in 2007-08.
The Green Wave women open the regular season on Saturday, November 10, at Alabama. Tulane's home opener is November 13 at Fogelman Arena against Georgia Tech.
Season tickets for the 2007-08 Green Wave basketball teams are sold exclusively by the Tulane Athletics ticket office and can be purchased now in person, online at www.TulaneGreenWave.com or by phone at (504) 861-WAVE.