March 8, 2012
Tulane 67, East Carolina 51
C-USA Women's Basketball Championship Quarterfinals
Elma Roane Fieldhouse
With the win, Tulane improves to 21-9 on the year and gives the Green Wave at least one win in Conference USA Championship play for the fourth straight season. The last time Tulane went one-and-done in league championship action was following the 2007-08 campaign when the Green Wave fell to Marshall, 65-58, on March 6 in Orlando. Fla.
Wednesday's game against East Carolina marks the third consecutive season Tulane has faced the Pirates in the C-USA Women's Basketball Championship. The Green Wave are now 3-0 in those games as Tulane downed East Carolina 73-64 in the 2010 semifinals and 83-72 in last year's quarters before earning the 67-51 win today.
Tulane advances to the C-USA Championship semifinals for the third consecutive year and for the 10th time in the 17-year history of the league's championship tournament.
Wednesday's win marks Tulane's first postseason victory in Memphis and evens the Green Wave's C-USA Championship record to 101 in the city. Prior to today, Tulane's lone game was a 78-65 loss to TCU on March 7, 2003 at The Pyramid.
Junior Olivia Grayson's 23 points against the Pirates was the 23rd double-digit scoring outing of the year and her fourth in a row. It also marks the 55th time that she had 10-or-more points in a game during her career and the 10th time she surpassed the 20-point plateau.
Freshman guard Danielle Blagg's six 3-pointers vs. East Carolina was a career high, surpassing her former high-water mark of four at Memphis on Jan. 5, 2012, and vs. LSU on Nov. 19, 2011, in Fogelman Arena. Her half-dozen makes ranks tied for ninth in Tulane single-game history and is the most by a Tulane player since then-senior Tiffany Aidoo set a school record with nine treys at UAB on Jan. 9, 2011.
Senior center Brett Benzio's 11 rebounds marks the 15th time this season she had 10-or-more boards and the third straight contest that she had double-digit rebound totals. She now has 45 career double-digit rebound performances to bring her career total to 1,011. She ranks second in Tulane history in career rebounds, trailing only Keisha Johnson's total of 1,048 from 1990-94.
Tulane's nine 3-pointers against East Carolina were the most by the Green Wave since draining 10 treys against LSU on Nov. 19, 2011, and vs. the University of New Orleans two days later. The Wave's 9-of-14 performance from beyond the arc was good for a .643 mark, which not only surpasses the former season-high mark of 50.0 (10-of-20 against both LSU and UNO) but also ranks eighth in Tulane single-game history.