Jan. 3, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - It was a game that featured six Green Wave players tallying double-digit scoring totals. It was one in which senior point guard Roshaunda Barnes recorded a double-double with 11 points and a career-high 10 assists. And it was a contest that saw senior forward Brittany Lindsey come off the bench to score a season-high 23 points and pull down a game-high nine rebounds.
In the end, however, the night belonged to Green Wave head coach Lisa Stockton - who earned her 400th win as a collegiate coach - as the Tulane University women's basketball team defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 85-57, Monday evening in Fogelman Arena.
With the victory, Tulane ran its winning streak to four in a row and improved to 11-2 on the year. In her 17th season at the helm of the Green Wave program, Stockton is now 337-164 at Tulane. Including a three-year stint at Greensboro College where she went 63-27 from 1987-90, Stockton has a career record of 400-191.
"What makes it so special is that most of those wins were with Tulane teams," Stockton said of her milestone victory total. "All the teams that we've had here play a part in all of that and it's great memories for me. You don't really focus on the wins as much as you focus on the people that were a part of those. That's what has been so special for me here - all those players who have come through here and seeing all their banners in the rafters. These are times when you reflect on those people."
As a team, Tulane shot 53.3 percent from the field, hitting 32 baskets in 60 attempts, while the Green Wave defense held the Lady Lions to a .345 clip from the floor (20-of-58). The Green Wave led Southeastern Louisiana in nearly every statistical category and outscored the Lady Lions 46-20 in the paint. Tulane held a slight 40-37 advantage on the glass and turned 13 offensive rebounds into 15 second-chance points. The Wave also tallied a season-best 24 assists on the night and fell one block shy of a season-best in that category as well with 10 swats.
Lindsey led all players with her point total on the strength of a 10-of-16 night from the field while senior forward Tiffany Aidoo and junior center Brett Benzio each scored 13. Barnes and senior forward Danielle Nunn were next with 11 points each while sophomore guard Olivia Grayson chipped in with 10.
Nunn finished second to Lindsey in rebounds with eight while Benzio was close behind with seven while tying a career high with seven blocked shots. Nunn had four of Tulane's 14 steals for the game while Grayson and Lindsey tallied three thefts each. Barnes' 10 assists, meanwhile, were the most by a Green Wave player since Grayson had 10 on Nov. 13, 2008 against Louisiana-Monroe.
"As we came down the stretch, we were kind of going for three players with double-doubles tonight," Stockton said. "We were close. Roshaunda had a great stat line. For a point guard, sometimes they're just underappreciated with what they do. She's having a great season. Hopefully, this will inspire more from her."
The Green Wave scored the first 11 points of the ballgame and the lead swelled to 21 at 25-4 just 9:08 into the contest when Aidoo hit one of her three 3-pointers. The Tulane defense held Southeastern Louisiana to a 6-of-29 performance from the field in the opening 20 minutes and the Wave went into the locker room on top45-16.
Nunn opened the second-half scoring with a pair of free throws to put Tulane ahead by 32 and the closest the Lady Lions would get the rest of the game was 22 when Jessica Sommers connected from long range to make it 64-42 with 7:37 left on the clock.
The Green Wave pushed the lead back to 31 on a Lindsey layup with under a minute remaining in regulation and SLU's Kaitlyn Waller closed out the scoring with a trey with 23 seconds left to go.
"That was one of our keys," Lindsey said of Tulane's coast-to-coast victory. "Our focus was to dominate from the beginning. We noticed on film that the teams that really blew them out started off strong and kept it going strong, even when they had some subs. Our emphasis was not to let down when somebody came off the bench, to keep it the intensity up and bring it even higher with the subs."
Rashima and Kelli Jenkins led Southeastern Louisiana with 13 points each while Aja Gibson and Latoria Holder each scored six. Holder tied Lindsey for game-high rebounding honors with nine boards while Kelli Jenkins paced the team with four assists. Rachel Mackie and Mary Fountain each had two steals to aid the Lions' effort.
Tulane returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 6, when the Green Wave open the Conference USA portion of its schedule against SMU in Fogelman Arena. Tipoff for that ballgame is schedule for 7 p.m. and the contest will be televised live nationwide on CBS College Sports Network.
"We're healthier and I think we have a lot more confidence than we went into the conference season with last year," Stockton said. "When you look back, this is when our injuries started happening, and now we're kind of coming out of that. Hopefully, that is something that we can build on. Our team knows that this is a tough league and what we've done non-conference doesn't matter if we don't step up and perform in the league."
Tickets to Thursday's game are available for $1 and five lucky fans will have a chance to win $100. Other single-game tickets are available through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. Floor seats are $15 while reserve and general-admission tickets can be purchased for $10 and $5, respectively. In addition, groups of 10 or more fans can purchase reserved tickets for $8 each and general admission seats go for $3 each.
The Tulane Athletics Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center, and tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone at (504) 861-WAVE (9283) via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.