March 9, 2012
Tulane 63, Memphis 44
Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship Semifinals
With the 63-44 semifinals win over Memphis in the C-USA Women's Basketball Championship, Tulane improves to 22-9 on the year. Despite the loss of four seniors from a year ago and the team taking the court with five freshmen on the active roster, the Green Wave have the exact same record from a year ago.
Tulane's win over Memphis improves the Green Wave's record in C-USA Championship play to 26-10. The Green Wave's win over the Tigers improves the programs record in semifinal contests to 8-2 in semifinal action and marks the Wave's third consecutive trip to the tournament's title game. Tulane will be making its eight appearance in the finals where the Green Wave have gone 5-2. Tulane won the C-USA Championship in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2010.
Tulane is the first team to go to at least three-consecutive C-USA Championship title games twice, doing so previously a league-record four straight times from 1999-2002. The only other teams to make three straight title-game appearances was former C-USA members Cincinnati from 2001-03 and TCU from 2003-05.
The Green Wave remain perfect as the No. 3 seed in the C-USA Women's Basketball Championship at 5-0. Prior to this season, Tulane's only other trip to the C-USA Championship as the third-seeded squad came in 1999 when the Wave swept No. 11 seed Charlotte (69-60), No. 2 seed Louisville (87-74) and top-seeded Cincinnati (58-44) in Fogelman Arena.
Tulane's win over Memphis in the C-USA Championship semifinals marked the Green Wave's first-ever win over the Tigers in conference tournament play. Prior to today's game, Tulane was 0-2 against Memphis in tourney action. Both of those games, however, came when both teams were members of the now-defunct Metro Conference with the Green Wave falling 75-62 on Dec. 18, 1979 in Louisville, Ky., and 88-81 on Feb. 6, 1981, in Fogelman Arena.
The Green Wave's win over Memphis improves Tulane's record on an opponent's home court in Conference USA Championship action to 8-2. Five of those games have come with Tulane serving as the home team in Fogelman Arena as the Wave went 3-0 en route to the title in 1999 and a 1-1 showing in 2009. In addition to Tulane's win today at the FedEx Forum, the Green Wave defeated UAB 72-53 at Bartow Arena in the 1996 quarterfinals, dumped Marquette 59-58 at U.S. Cellular Arena in the 2001 quarterfinals, and downed DePaul 88-83 at the DePaul Athletic Center in the 2002 quarterfinals.
Junior guard Olivia Grayson posted her first double-double of the season and the third of her career with 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Memphis. Her previous high-water mark on the boards prior to today's game was 13 against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 14, 2011, in Fogelman Arena. Her point total was the 24th double-digit scoring outing of the year and her fifth in a row. It also marks the 56th time in her career that she had 10-or-more points.
Freshman guard Danielle Blagg's 14 points was the 12th double-figure scoring contest of her career and the second in as many days after dropping 19 on East Carolina in Thursday's 67-51 quarterfinals win at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Her two 3-pointers on the day gives her eight for the championship tournament and 49 for the season.