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
Career Notes: Three-year letterwinner has played in 101 games with 83 starts for her career...enters senior season averaging 11.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.8 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 is just the ninth to do so without the benefit of a fourth season...ranks third in Tulane career history in minutes per game (31.2) while sitting fourth in assists per game (3.8), sixth in assists (383), ninth in defensive rebounds (389) and steals per game (1.8), 10th in free throws made (280), defensive rebounds per game (3.9), steals (186) and minutes played (3148), 12th in field goal attempts (1043) and free throw percentage (.767), 13th in 3-point attempts (273), 14th in points (1115), 3-point baskets (81) and free throw attempts (365), 15th in total rebounds (544), blocked shots (40) and blocks per game (0.4), tied for 15th in 3-point percentage (.297), 16th in points per game (11.0) and total rebounds per game (5.4), tied for 17th in games started (83), 18th in offensive rebounds (155) and offensive rebounds per game (1.5), and 22nd in field goals made (377)...holds Tulane single-season record in minutes played (1168 in 2010-11) and also ranks seventh (1068 in 2011-12) in the same category while sitting fourth (168 in 2010-11) and 17th (119 in 2011-12) in assists; fifth in field goal attempts (433 in 2011-12); tied for fifth in games started (33 in 2011-12 and 2010-11); seventh in assists per game (4.9 in 2010-12); tied for seventh (34 in 2011-12 and 2010-11) and tied for 17th (33 in 2009-10) in games played; ninth in steals (78 in 2011-12) and minutes per game (34.4 in 2010-11); tied for 11th in free throws made (122 in 2011-12); 14th in free throw percentage (.819 in 2011-12); tied for 14th (153 in 2010-11) and tied for 23rd (134 in 2011-12) in defensive rebounds; 16th in points (470 in 2011-12) and steals per game (2.3 in 2011-12); 21st in free throw attempts (149 in 2011-12); and 24th in defensive rebounds per game (4.5 in 2010-11).
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)...played at least 30 minutes on 23 occasions, including coast-to-coast 40-minute efforts vs Idaho State in the Cancun Challenge (11/25), at Louisiana Tech (12/2) and at UTEP (2/12).
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)...played in at least 30 minutes in 27 games, including a career-long 44 vs. Southern Miss (1/20) and wire-to-wire, 40-minute performances against South Alabama (11/13), vs. Portland State (11/27) and vs. East Carolina in the C-USA Championship quarterfinals (3/10)...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 career 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)...played at least 30 minutes nine times during the 2009-10 season, including all 40 minutes against Houston (1/8) and a season-best 42 in an overtime win at Rice (2/25)...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 and is currently the team's offensive graduate assistant coach...majoring in psychology.
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 vs. Southern (12/11/12); 4 vs LSU (11/19/11)
Free Throws: 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: 59
Double-Figure Rebounds: 5