Senior David Gomez, a native of Baton Rouge, and the Green Wave will battle in-state rival LSU at 8:06 p.m. this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2008, at New Orleans Arena.
Dec. 31, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane men's and women's basketball teams will open the New Year together with a doubleheader at New Orleans Arena this Wednesday, January 2, 2008. The TU women's squad seeks its 10th win of the season in a 5 p.m. tip-off with Nicholls State, while the Green Wave men's team will look to extend its win streak to four straight when it battles in-state foe LSU in the annual rivalry game live on College Sports Television (Cox Cable Channel 315 in New Orleans area) at 8:06 p.m.
The Green Wave women's team (9-3) is looking for its third-straight win and second in a row over an in-state opponent after Saturday's 77-72 win over Louisiana-Monroe. Tulane looks to hit 10 wins in non-conference play for the second straight year. Last season, Tulane opened to an 11-2 record before entering Conference USA action.
Redshirt freshman forward Brittany Lindsey scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds for her second career double-double, and senior forward Alendra Brown added 13 points, five rebounds and four steals, leading Tulane defensively down the stretch.
Sophomore guard Chassity Brown added 13 points, five assists and four steals, while point guard Ashley Langford chipped in nine points and seven assists. She connected of four-of-four free throws in the final minutes as Tulane held on to the win.
The Green Wave, the preseason favorite to repeat as C-USA regular season champions, open Conference USA play on Friday, at 7 p.m. at Rice, in a game at Sharp Gym in Houston.
Tulane's game on Sunday, January 6 at Houston can be seen live on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. CT.
The Tulane men's squad (9-4) is off to its best start in eight years. The last time the Wave reached nine wins in December was during the 1999-2000 campaign with a 10-1 mark.
For the second straight season, the two schools will battle at New Orleans Arena for bragging rights in the series. TU brings a three-game win streak into the contest and will look to snap the Tigers' five straight wins in the series that dates back to 2002 (two of the wins have come at NO Arena). The Green Wave is coming off wins over Southeastern Conference member Georgia, 70-69, St. John's out of the Big East, 79-71, and Alabama State (69-60) to match its longest win streak of the year.
Tulane is 7-1 at home this season and has won its last four contests in New Orleans. The Green Wave owns a 16-5 (.762) record against non-conference teams in New Orleans under head coach Dave Dickerson.
For the year, Tulane is averaging 69.8 points and 35.5 rebounds per game and is shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 34 percent from behind the three-point line and 73.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Kevin Sims and David Gomez are two of three Green Wave players in scoring in double figures with 12.8 points per game apiece while Robinson Louisme is third with 11.2 points per outing. Louisme is also the team's top rebounder with 5.9 boards per game, while Sims leads the squad in assists and steals with 4.5 and 2.0 per contest, respectively.
LSU (7-5) enters the Tulane contest coming off its first home loss of the year, a 73-65 setback to Washington last Saturday, and was just 2-3 during the month of December. The Tigers are 0-2 on the road and 1-2 on neutral courts this season. LSU's lone win away from home came against Chaminade (78-72) at the EA Sports Maui Invitational, 78-72. Since that game, the Bayou Bengals are 0-3 away from Baton Rouge.
For the year, the Tigers are averaging 72.8 points and 36.3 rebounds per game and are shooting 45.5 percent from the field, including 34.1 percent from beyond the arc, and 74.2 percent from the foul line. Marcus Thorton paces four LSU players in double figure scoring with a team-best 18.8 points per game, while Anthony Randolph is the team's top rebounder with 7.8 boards per clip.
Wednesday's game marks the 208th all-time meeting between Tulane and LSU, and the Tigers lead the series, 124-83. This year's contest marks the 102nd meeting between the two in-state rivals in New Orleans and LSU holds a narrow 53-48 advantage in the Crescent City. Tulane's last win vs. LSU in New Orleans came on Feb. 3, 1971, a 93-86 victory at Fogelman Arena.
Tulane and LSU met at least twice a year for 63 seasons, and as many as five times in 1940 when both schools were members of the Southeastern Conference. The teams did not play during the 1912, 1918-19, 1981, and 1983-2001 seasons. After a one-year hiatus in 1981, the series resumed and Tulane dispatched LSU with its 1982 postseason NIT win and LSU put the series on hold for 20 years.
After a week off, Tulane opens Conference USA play at home against UAB at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9 at Fogelman Arena.
Tickets for Tulane's doubleheader are on sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased in person, over the telephone at (504) 861-WAVE or via the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.