New assistant brings two stints as head coach to the program following year as team's director of operations
Pictures from Tulane women's basketball's home victory over Southern on Dec. 18, 2015.
Tulane women's hoops defeated LSU 67-63 at home on Nov. 23, 2015
Tulane women's basketball defeated Tulsa 73-34 at home on Jan. 20, 2015.
Tulane WBB defeated Nicholls State 77-44 on Dec. 3, 2014.
During her time at Tulane, Woods has helped the Green Wave post five consecutive 20-plus win seasons with five straight postseason berths, including a 2015 NCAA Tournament appearance. Her impact on the team's guards has been evident in Kolby Morgan (2014-15), Danielle Blagg (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15), Jamie Kaplan (2013-14), Olivia Grayson (2011-12), Tiffany Aidoo (2010-11) claiming all-conference honors. In fact, Blagg became just the fourth Tulane women's player ever to earn three straight all-conference honors, while Morgan was the program's first freshman to earn all-conference recognition. Furthermore, Blag was named C-USA Freshman of the Year in 2011-12, while Leslie Vorpahl and Morgan earned all-freshmen team accolades.
A noted recruiter, Woods' has been instrumental in landing talented student-athletes everywhere she has been and develop that talent she has helped sign. Her first recruiting class at Tulane proved to be a solid group as the four freshmen - Blagg, Tiffany Dale, Adesuwa Ebomwonyi and Jamie Kaplan - combined to earn C-USA Freshman of the Week honors on seven occasions. Prior to last season, no C-USA school had more than two players earn the honor in a single season. Ultimately, all four players cemented their names forever in the Tulane record books, all finishing on the top-10 list for most games played while accounting for 46.1 percent of the team's shooting over the last four years. Blagg became the program's 26th 1000-career point club member, Kaplan finished second all-time in assists (582), while both Dale and Ebomwonyi checked in on the top-10 lists for rebounding.
Woods joined the Tulane staff for the 2010-11 campaign following two seasons in the Big 12 at the University of Missouri from 2008 to 2010. Woods recruited and coached three all-conference players at Missouri.
Woods arrived at Missouri after spending three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Oregon State University from 2005 to 2008. In 2005-06, the Beavers posted a 10 game improvement over the previous season and earned a berth to the WNIT Tournament, advancing to the second round.
With the Beavers, Woods recruited and coached four all-conference and two all-freshman team players. Woods' recruiting efforts helped the Beavers land the Alaska and Gatorade Player of the Year in Talisa Rhea, as well as Judie Lomax. Rhea became the 15th OSU player to score 1,000 career points. Lomax, who transferred to Columbia after Woods and the rest of the coaching staff left the University following the 2007-08 season, went on to lead the NCAA in rebounding twice during her time with the Lions and was named Ivy League Player of the Year in 2010.
Prior to serving as an assistant coach at New Mexico State University in 2004-05, Woods was an assistant coach at her Alma Mater Western Illinois University from 2001 to 2004. The program posted a combined 57-30 record in her three seasons, as well as earning Mid-Continent (now Summit League) regular season championships and WNIT berths in 2002-03 and 2003-04. In her three seasons, Woods recruited and coached seven all-conference and two all-freshman team players.
Under Woods' tutelage, Tiffany Cornelius (2002-03) and Zane Teilane (2004-05) claimed Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year honors. While Woods had moved on to Oregon State by the time Teilane completed her career, Teilane went on to be drafted by the Detroit Shock in the third round of the 2006 WNBA Draft and played in the 2008 Olympics as a member of Team Latvia.
Teilane is one of three future Olympians Woods helped develop as Kimberly Butler of Oregon State and Tugba Palazoglu of Western Illinois earned spots on the 2012 Great Britain and Turkey National Teams.
A native of Topeka, KS and a 1997 graduate of Topeka High School, Woods began her collegiate playing career at Barton Community College where as a sophomore, she led BCC in 3-point shooting, earned second-team All-Jayhawk West Conference honors and helped lead the team to a conference championship. The Cougars' 29-2 overall record was the highest winning percentage in school history at that time and Barton finished the year ranked sixth nationally. Woods' accepted a scholarship to Western Illinois and played in 57 games from 1999 to 2001 for the Westerwinds. During her Division I career, she averaged 8.8 points per game and was named second-team All-Mid Continent Conference as a senior after making a then-school-record 62 3-pointers. Despite playing only two seasons at WIU, Woods' 102 career 3-pointers currently ranks fifth in school history.
She earned an associate's degree from Barton in 1999 and completed her bachelor's degree in English with a minor in psychology from Western Illinois in 2001. Woods is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and has served as a roundtable presenter for the WBCA national convention. Woods was also a presenter at Dan Tudor's "2014 National Collegiate Recruiting Conference," held in Boston, Mass. In her time away from the court, she volunteers for "Girls First," a non-profit organization dedicated to providing sport and movement opportunities to underserved girls in the metropolitan New Orleans area.