Senior Grayson claims third-team all-state recognition, sophomore Blagg named honorable-mention
Student-athletes maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or better
Green Wave conclude 2012-13 season with a 24-9 record; Blagg leads the team with 11 points
Green Wave look to avenge regular-season loss when the teams tipoff on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Green Wave improve to 24-8 and advance to third round of postseason play for first time in program history
Photos from the Green Wave's win over the Cougars in the 2011-12 regular-season finale
In her second season as a graduate assistant with the Tulane women's basketball team, Olivia Grayson will continue to work with the marketing, alumni and video departments.
A four-year letterwinner with the Green Wave from 2009-13, Grayson is responsible for helping create marketing strategies to promote the program, encourage alumni to become more involved with the team and Tulane Athletics, as well as work with the video staff to cut video and help coordinate film exchange. In addition, she will help update and monitor the Tulane women's basketball social media outlets and serve as a player liaison and assist in day-to-day issues.
During her playing career with the Green Wave, Grayson played in 134 games with 116 starts and averaged 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game. She concluded her career as the Tulane leader in games played while sitting second in assists (499), fourth in assists per game and steals (249), sixth in total rebounds (750) and defensive rebounds (539), seventh in points scored (1,442) and free throws made (355), ninth in steals per game and tied for ninth in field goals made (487).
Grayson became the 24th player in Tulane history to score 1,000 career points reaching the mark as a junior to become the ninth Green Wave student-athlete to do so in their first three collegiate seasons.
She was a member of the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2010, earned first-team All C-USA honors as a junior in 2012 and was tabbed second-team all-league as a senior in 2013. In addition, Grayson claimed C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition as a freshman, sophomore and senior and helped the team post 20-plus win seasons with trips to the postseason all four years.
As a prepster at Archbishop Chapelle High School, Grayson graduated as the school's career leader with 2,180 points while averaging 16.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. She helped lead the Chipmunks to a combined 65-22 record over her final three prep seasons, including a trip to the state quarterfinals as sophomore, a state runner-up as a junior and the 5A state title as a senior.
Grayson graduated from Tulane with a bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2013 and is currently working on her master's degree.
Career Notes: Four-year letterwinner played in 134 games with 116 starts for her career...averaged 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.4 blocks per game...became the 24th player in Tulane women's basketball history to surpass the 1,000-point mark for her career and just the ninth to do so during her first three seasons...set a Tulane career record in games played (134) while finishing second in assists (499), games started and minutes played (4,121), third in minutes per game (30.8), fourth in assists per game, steals (249) and field goal attempts (1,349), sixth in total rebounds (750) and defensive rebounds (539), seventh in points scored (1,442), free throws made (355) and free throw attempts (462), ninth in steals per game (1.9), tied for ninth in field goals made (487), 10th in 3-point attempts (380), 11th in 3-point baskets (113), offensive rebounds (211) and blocked shots (57), 12th in free throw percentage (.768), 14th in rebounds per game, 16th in 3-point percentage (.297) and blocks per game (0.4), and 18th in points per game...holds school single-season record in minutes played (1168 in 2010-11) and also ranked seventh (1068 in 2011-12) and 18th (973 in 2012-13) in the category while sitting fourth, 18th and 23rd in assists (168 in 2010-11, 119 in 2011-12 and 116 in 2012-13), fifth in field goal attempts (433 in 2011-12), tied for fifth in games started (33 in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13), seventh in assists per game (4.9 in 2010-11), tied for seventh and tied for 17th in games played (34 in 2011-12 and 2010-11, and 33 in 2012-13 and 2009-10), ninth and tied for 19th in steals (78 in 2011-12 and 63 in 2012-13), tied for 11th in free throws made (122 in 2011-12), 14th and 23rd in free throw percentage (.819 in 2011-12 and .773 in 2012-13), tied for 14th, tied for 17th and tied for 24th in defensive rebounds (153 in 2010-11, 150 in 2012-13 and 134 in 2011-12), 16th in points scored (470 in 2011-12) and steals per game (2.3 in 2011-12), and 21st in free throw attempts (149 in 2011-12).
2012-13: Started all 33 games as a senior...earned second-team All-Conference USA and third-team All-Louisiana honors after leading the team in points scored (327), steals (63), free throws made (75), minutes played (973) and minutes per game (29.5) while sitting second in points scored (9.9), rebounds (206), rebounds per game (6.2), assists (116) and free throw percentage (.773), third in field goals made (110) and 3-point baskets (32), tied for third in blocked shots (17) and fifth in 3-point percentage (.299)...finished fourth in C-USA in free throw percentage, sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2), eighth in assists per game (3.5), 13th in defensive rebounds per game (4.5), 14th in steals per game (1.9), 19th in rebounds per game and 24th in points per game...ranked 163rd nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio, 189th in assists per game and 242nd in steals per game... claimed all-tournament honors at the Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Tournament after averaging 11.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game and the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic after averaging 8.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per outing...scored in double figures on 18 occasions with three 20-plus point outings, including a season-best 23 at Tulsa (3/14)...pulled down five or more rebounds 25 times, including a season-high 10 at ULM (11/12) and vs Tulsa (2/24)...recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds vs Tulsa...posted four or more assists 17 times, including a season-high seven vs Memphis on (1/20)...had 17 multiple-steal outings, including a season-best five thefts in the second round of the WNIT at Arkansas (3/24)...tallied two multiple-block ballgames, including a season-high three swats vs Memphis (1/20)...off the court, was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2011-12: Played in all 34 games with 33 starts as a junior...earned first-team All-Conference USA and All-Louisiana honors after leading the team in points (470), points per game (13.8), field goals made (158), free throws made (122), free throw percentage (.819), assists (119), steals (78), minutes played (1068) and minutes per game (31.4)...also ranked second on the squad in 3-point baskets (32), rebounds (200) and rebounds per game (5.9), fourth in blocked shots (14) and fifth in 3-point percentage (.291)...finished second in C-USA in free throw percentage, third in assists per game (3.5), seventh in points per game, steals per game (2.3) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.9), 15th in defensive rebounds per game (3.9) and 16th in total rebounds per game...ranked 72nd nationally in free throw percentage, 104th in steals per game, 169th in assists per game, 225th in assist-to-turnover ratio and 228th in points per game...named C-USA Player of the Week on Nov. 21 after averaging 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game and again on Dec. 12 after averaging 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 1.0 assist per outing...tabbed Tulane/DoubleTree Classic MVP and C-USA Player of the Week on Jan. 3 after averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game during the Green Wave's run to the tourney title...claimed a spot on the C-USA Women's Basketball Championship All-Tournament Team after averaging a team-best 18.3 points, 4.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game while chipping in with 8.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game during Tulane's march to the championship contest...scored in double figures 26 times with five 20-plus point outings, including a career-high 29 after hitting 9-of-21 field goals, 4-of-7 3-pointers and 7-of-9 free throws vs Southern (12/11)...pulled down double-digit rebounds three times, including a career-high 14 in the C-USA Championship Quarterfinals (3/8)... posted a pair of double-doubles, including a 23-point, 14-board effort in the C-USA Tourney vs ECU...posted five-or-more assist outings 11 times, including a season-best seven vs Louisiana-Monroe (11/14)...had four-or-more steals six times, including a career-best six thefts on three occasions: vs Loyola-New Orleans (11/11), vs Southern (12/11) and vs East Carolina (3/8).
2010-11: Saw action in all 34 games with 33 starts as a sophomore...led the team in assists (168), minutes played (1168) and minutes per game (34.4) while finishing second in 3-pointers (33), 3-point percentage (.306), free throw percentage (.722) and rebounds (193), tied for second in rebounds per game (5.7), third in free throws made (91) and steals (55), and fourth in points (370), points per game (10.9), field goals made (123) and blocks (12)...paced Conference USA in minutes per game while ranking third in assists per game (4.9), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2), 11th in defensive rebounds per game (4.5) and free throw percentage, 19th in rebounds per game and 22nd in points per game...finished 47th in NCAA in assists per game...named Louisiana Player of the Week on Nov. 30 after averaging 18.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game over the course of three contests, and claimed All-Tournament honors at the Colliers International Classic two days earlier after averaging 16.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 0.5 steals in the Green Wave's two-game stint in Berkeley, Calif...tallied double-digit scoring totals 18 times, including a season-best 21 points against South Alabama (11/13) and at LSU (11/23), connecting on a season-high seven field goals in each contest...posted lone double-double of the year with 13 points and a season-best 11 rebounds vs. Portland State (11/27)...had four or more assists on 28 occasions, including a season-best nine vs. Southern Miss (1/20)...had 15 multiple-steal games, including a season-high five swipes vs. Detroit (12/5)...off the court, was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2009-10: Played in all 33 games with 17 starts as a true freshman...earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors after leading the team in free throw percentage (.744) while ranking second in assists (96), rebounds (151) and rebounds per game (4.6), tied for second in blocks (14), tied for third in free throws made (67), minutes (912) and minutes per game (27.6), fourth in steals (53), and fifth in points (275), points per game (8.3), field goals made (96) and 3-pointers made (16)...finished 13th in C-USA in assists per game (2.9), 14th in free throw percentage and 15th in steals per game (1.7)...named C-USA Freshman of the Week on Feb. 22 after averaging 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game while connecting on 7-of-13 shots from the field (.538)...tabbed co-Outstanding Female Amateur Athlete in the Greater New Orleans Area by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame for her combined efforts as a rookie and her senior season at Archbishop Chapelle High...made an immediate impact in collegiate debut, scoring seven points, pulling down eight rebounds and handing out a career-best 10 assists in the season-opener vs. Louisiana Monroe (11/13)...tied season high with eight rebounds vs. UTEP (1/28)...scored in double digits 12 times, including a season-best 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting and a career-high 11 rebounds against Rice (1/10) for her lone double-double of the year...had five or more assists five times...posted 16 multiple-steal games, including a season-high four vs. Long Island in the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic (12/28) and at SMU (1/17)...off the court, was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Archbishop Chapelle High for coach Christi Theiler...helped lead the Chipmunks to a combined 65-22 record over her final three prep seasons, including a trip to the state quarterfinals as a sophomore, a state runner-up finish as a junior and a 5A state championship as a senior...completed career as Chapelle's all-time leading scorer with 2,180 points and averaged 16.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game as a prepster...earned LHSAA Most Valuable Player honors, first-team all-state recognition and tabbed District 10-5A MVP as a junior and senior...as a senior, averaged 13.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.2 steals per game to earn Army Reserve Athlete of the Year, Clarion Herald MVP honors...scored a game-high 12 points in Chapell's 47-25 win over Lafayette in the 5A state title game to earn game MVP honors...as a sophomore, averaged 16.2 points per game en route to earning Eastbank MVP recognition...averaged 15.4 points per contest as a sophomore...off the court, served as the youth president at Ninevan Baptist Church and graduated cum laude.
Personal: Born Olivia Nada Grayson on April 7, 1991, in Metairie, La...daughter of Alonzo Joseph and Allean Grayson...has three brothers: Andrew Nierman, Scott Grayson and Alonzo Joseph, Jr.; and three sisters: Lucria Dumas, Semaj Allen and Chanise Joseph...brother, Andrew Nierman, played football at Tulane in the Arena Football League...graduated with a degree in psychology in May 2013.
Grayson's Career Statistics
Points: 29 vs. Southern (12/11/11)
Field Goals: 9 on 3 Occasions; last vs Southern (12/11/12)
3-Pointers: 4 on 3 Occasions; last at Tulsa (3/14/13)
Free Throws: 11 vs UTEP (2/7/13); 11 vs Hampton (12/29/11)
Rebounds: 14 at Memphis (3/9/12)
Assists: 10 vs. Louisiana-Monroe (11/13/09)
Steals: 6 on 3 Occasions; last vs. East Carolina (3/8/12)
Blocks: 5 vs. UAB (2/20/10)
Minutes: 44 vs. Southern Miss (1/20/11)
Double-Figure Scoring: 77
Double-Figure Rebounds: 7