Nov. 16, 2004
2004-05 TULANE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Game 1 -- Tulane (0-0, 0-0) at Howard (0-0, 0-0) -- Nov. 19, 2004 -- Washington, D.C.
Game 2 -- Tulane at George Mason -- Nov. 21, 2004 -- Fairfax, Va.
GREEN WAVE FACTS
2003-04 Record: 10-18
2003-04 C-USA Record: 3-11/12th
Head Coach: Lisa Stockton
Alma Mater/Year: Wake Forest/1986
Record at Tulane/Year: 214-92/11th
Career Record/Years: 277-119/14th
President: Dr. Scott Cowen
Athletics Director: Rick Dickson
Ticket Office Phone: 504-861-WAVE
NEWS & NOTES
Tulane opens its 30th season of women's basketball with a pair of road games in the Washington, D.C. area at Howard and George Mason on Friday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 21, respectively. The Green Wave will play the Lady Bison at 6 p.m. (CST) Friday in Burr Gymnasium on the Howard campus before taking on the Patriots Sunday at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., beginning at 1 p.m. (CST).
All-time, the Green Wave is 15-14 in season-openers, including a 7-3 mark under current head coach Lisa Stockton. The Green Wave have won five of its last seven season-openers and had a string of four straight season-opening wins snapped last year at UL-Monroe, by a 70-67 score.
Tulane will open on the road for the eighth time in 11 years under Lisa Stockton. The Wave is 4-3 in its seven previous road openers. In its first road game of the year (even when it is not the first game), Tulane is 6-4 under Stockton and 10-19 all-time.
Howard and George Mason are two of the newest opponents on the 2004-05 schedule as Tulane meets Howard for the first time ever while the Green Wave and George Mason played for the first time last year. Howard is one of four first-time opponents on this year's Tulane schedule. Meanwhile, Tulane fell to George Mason 61-60 in Fogelman Arena in their first meeting a year ago. (See complete series information, next page).
Under Lisa Stockton, Tulane has compiled a 72-45 road record over the last 10 seasons for a winning percentage of 61.5%. Last season, however, the Green Wave did not fare well away from Fogelman Arena as they posted a road record of just 1-10. Prior to that, the Green Wave had seven straight seasons with a road record above .500.
A Decade of Success
In 10 years as head coach of the Green Wave, Lisa Stockton is easily the winningest coach in school history - having won more games at Tulane (214 in 10 seasons) than the other five coaches in Green Wave history combined (205 in 19 seasons). The longest-tenured women's basketball coach ever at Tulane, Stockton also ranks third among current Conference USA coaches in total victories (with 277) while her career winning percentage of .699 ranks 31st among active NCAA Division I coaches.
The Tulane Tradition
With nine NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 10 years, a pair of Conference USA regular season titles and four C-USA tournament titles, Tulane has built an outstanding women's basketball tradition. Since 1999-2000, the Green Wave has sent four players to the WNBA, including Barbara Farris (Detroit Shock) and Janell Burse (Seattle Storm) who won WNBA Championships in the last two seasons. Four Tulane players have earned All-America recognition, and Green Wave players have won C-USA Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Sixth Player of the Year honors.
The Green Wave split a pair of exhibition contests to start the 2004-05 season, defeating the Houston Jaguars, a team of former collegiate all-stars, 70-53, before falling to local NAIA power Xavier of Louisiana, 62-59.
In the first game, on Nov. 7, Tulane led the Jaguars by just one point at the half (26-25), but outscored Houston 44-28 in the second period to claim the win. Freshman Dominique Philpots led a quartet of Tulane players in double figures while also pulling down a team-high seven rebounds. Guard D'Aundra Henry - on 6-of-7 shooting - added 12 points while redshirt freshman Courtney Simmons added 11 as the Wave shot 44.6% from the field in the game.
Turnovers proved to be the difference in Tulane's second exhibition contest versus an established Xavier team. The Wave committed 31 turnovers and took 20 less shots than the Golden Nuggets, while its rebounding edge over the shorter Xavier team was only 42-40. Henry led the Wave with 13 points while Cashmir White added 11 and freshman Nikki Luckhurst chipped in with 10.
Putting It Behind Them
After nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the 2003-04 season was one to forget as Tulane compiled a 10-18 record and was just 3-11 in Conference USA. The Green Wave claimed early non-conference wins over Oregon State, Wichita State, James Madison and Arkansas State, among others, but a six-game losing streak to start Conference USA play put Tulane in a hole the remainder of the season. The Green Wave did extend eventual C-USA Champs and NCAA Sweet 16 team Houston to triple overtime in a thriller in Houston, and claimed league wins over Cincinnati and Southern Miss in February.
Can't Tell the Players...
The 2004-05 Green Wave features just six upperclassmen as the roster is filled primarily with six freshmen (five true, one redshirt) and three sophomores. The group includes four guards and five players 6-0 or taller. Tulane started true freshmen Dominique Philpots (F) and Alendra Brown (C) in its two exhibition games and will count on the youngsters to provide quality minutes, scoring, rebounding and more, even early in the season. Sophomore Jami Montagnino, who started 10 games and averaged 17 minutes per game a year ago, is the most experienced player of the group.
Tulane lost three seniors off the 2003-04 team -- point guard Kelly Nadeau, shooting guard Delacey Joseph and forward Tiffany Wilson. The trio combined to average 22.6 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game. Nadeau led Tulane in assists, minutes played and three-point shooting, while Wilson started 20 games and ranked third on the team in rebounds while averaging 22 minutes per game. Joseph totalled averages of 8.4 points and 4.0 rebounds while playing nearly 20 minutes per game.
The Green Wave roster features 10 players from Louisiana, a pair from Georgia and three Texans. Tulane found a pair of players -- Lakethia Hampton and Alendra Brown -- right in its backyard. McMain High School, Brown's alma mater, is located less than a mile from Tulane's uptown campus. The remainder of Tulane's Louisianians also hail from the south Louisiana area, including Baton Rouge natives Jami Montagnino and Courtney Simmons, Houma product D'Aundra Henry, Hahnville's Cashmir White and Kinya Lennix from LaPlace.
The six freshmen on this year's roster (five true, one redshirt) is the highest number of rookies on a Lisa Stockton-coached Tulane team. The 2004-05 Wave freshman class features guards Courtney Simmons (the redshirt), Nikki Luckhurst and Khadrereil Ferguson, along with posts Alendra Brown and Dominique Philpots, and swing player Jennifer Sands. Brown and Philpots started the Wave's exhibition games, while Luckhurst hit six-of-seven field goals and was three-for-three from the free throw line. Stockton's 1995-96 Tulane team had five freshmen on the roster.
Junior forward Lakethia Hampton, who led Tulane in scoring and rebounding and started all 28 games for the Green Wave a year ago, will miss the first five regular season games of the 2004-05 season. Hampton is serving a suspension for violation of team and athletic department rules. She is practicing with the team and will return to the floor for the Dec. 1 game versus UL-Monroe in Fogelman Arena.
Tulane, the most successful women's basketball team in Conference USA over the last decade, is one of the six current members of Conference USA that will remain with the league next season when the latest round of conference-hopping continues. The league will bid farewell to football members Army, Cincinnati, Louisville, South Florida and TCU, along with Charlotte, Saint Louis, Marquette and DePaul. Tulane will remain in the league along with UAB, Southern Miss, Memphis, Houston and East Carolina. That group will be joined by newcomers Marshall, Rice, SMU, Tulsa, UCF and UTEP. Next season, Conference USA will consist of 12 schools competing in all sports and will hold its first football championship game.
"Phil"-ing the Lane
True freshman Dominique Philpots stood out in the Wave's two exhibition games, averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest while playing 27.5 minutes per game. Philpots led Tulane in scoring and rebounding versus the Houston Jaguars, putting up 15 and seven, respectively. She played 31 minutes versus Xavier, second only to D'Aundra Henry, and totalled eight points and six rebounds. Philpots, an all-state player out of Riverdale, Ga., also added two blocked shots in each game.
"D" at the Point
Junior D'Aundra Henry, one of the quickest players on the Green Wave team, will look to continue her second half surge of a year ago. After averaging 5.4 points per game during non-conference play as a sophomore, Henry came alive in league contests as she averaged 12.2 points per game. Henry, a Houma, La. native, also added 3.7 assists and 2.8 steals per game over the C-USA seasons and connected on 47.2 percent of her shots. Henry played 37 minutes in the Wave's exhibition game versus Xavier and led Tulane with a 12.5 point scoring average and 5.5 rebounding average in the two games.
Conference USA coaches picked Tulane to finish 11th (of 14 teams) in the 2004-05 Preseason poll. DePaul received 11 first-place votes and earned the top spot in the preseason poll, while TCU, with two first-place votes, was second. Houston picked up the remaining first place vote and was voted third while Louisville and Marquette tied for fourth. The Green Wave was 3-11 in league games last year and earned the No. 12 seed at the C-USA Tournament.
New for 2005-06
The Green Wave inked four players for 2005-06 in the November signing period. Tulane added The Green Wave has added 6-2 post player Kendra Barnes from Sapulpa, Okla., 5-5 point guard Ashley Langford from Harrisburg, Pa., and two wing players in 5-7 Sasha Staidum from Houma, La., and 5-11 Megan Valicevic from The Woodlands, Texas. Barnes was a Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American at Sapulpa High School as a junior last season. She averaged 9.7 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the field. Langford signed with Tulane after a standout junior year at Central Dauphin High School where she averaged 17 points, five assists and three steals per game. A three-time all-conference selection, she has twice been named a Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American. Staidum was a first team all-state selection last year and is a three-time team MVP as well as being selected as the district's most valuable player in each of the last two years. In her first three years of high school basketball, she has scored 1,474 career points and led her school to the state tournament each year, including the 2003 Louisiana State Championship. Valicevic, who averaged 14.6 points, 3.1 assists, 3.2 steals and 4.6 rebounds per game as a junior before injuring her knee. She won all-county and all-district honors as a sophomore.
On the Bench
Lisa Stockton's coaching staff remains intact for the second straight season as the veteran coach will be joined by assistant coaches Kellie Kennedy, Michele Savage and Christy Thieler. Kennedy, a former standout player at the University of North Carolina, is in her ninth season at Tulane. Saveage, who played at Northwestern, begins her fourth season while Thieler, a local product, is in her second season on the bench.
Four of Five
Tulane will play four of its first five games of 2004-05 on the road. Following its D.C. sojourn, the Green Wave returns to New Orleans where it will host Jacksonville State Tuesday night, Nov. 23 in the 2004-05 home opener. The Wave then takes to the road again for the Texas State Tournament in San Marcos, Texas. Tulane will play Texas A&M in the first round Friday at 5:30 p.m. and then will meet either host Texas State or Cleveland State Saturday. Those games are scheduled for 4 and 6 p.m., Central Time.
The Name of the Game
Not only is Lisa Stockton's program the most successful in C-USA in terms of wins, but every player to have played four years at Tulane for the coach has earned her degree. Green Wave players have won numerous academic awards and, in many cases, gone on to higher degrees.
The Green Wave will leave New Orleans on Thursday, Nov. 18 to travel to Washington, D.C. Tulane will be housed at the Marriott Key Bridge in Arlington, Va. Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Donna Turner will travel with the team. For information on the team while in DC, or to contact Turner, call 504-491-1859. The Green Wave will return to New Orleans on Sunday night.
Four Tulane games are scheduled for television broadcast this season, including Tulane's games at LSU and versus TCU in Fogelman Arena (Cox Sports TV). Cox will also pick up the C-USA TV Network broadcasts of the Wave's games at Saint Louis and at Louisville. All Tulane basketball games will be heard on the radio on WRBH-FM (88.3) in New Orleans. Tim Grubbs calls the action for the Green Wave.