March 21, 2013
Tulane 65, Sam Houston State 57
2013 WNIT Opening Round
New Orleans, La.
Tulane's win over Sam Houston State was the Green Wave's 600th since the start of the varsity program back in 1975-76. Tulane is now 600-484 overall, including a 395-192 mark under 19th-year head coach Lisa Stockton.
The Green Wave improved to 23-8 on the year, tying the win total of the previous two seasons. Tulane's 23 wins to date ranks tied for seventh all-time in the single-season record book.
The victory over the Bearkats was Tulane's third consecutive first-round WNIT win as the Green Wave downed Southern 63-31 on March 17, 2011, and Mississippi Valley State 68-61 on March 15, 2012. Both of those games were in New Orleans. Tulane is now 5-0 all-time in WNIT openers as the Wave defeated ULM 78-75 in the 1994 NWIT (as it was known then) opener in Amarillo, Texas, and Jackson State 76-43 in the first round of the 2007 WNIT in then-Fogelman Arena.
Tulane advances to the second round of the 2013 where the Green Wave will face Arkansas on Sunday, March 24, in Fayetteville, Ark. The Wave have never won a second-round game in postseason play, going 0-3 in the NCAA Tournament and 0-4 in the WNIT.
Thursday's game was the third head-to-head game against Sam Houston State and the first since the 1988-89 season. The Green Wave are now 2-1 against the Bearkats.
With three players reaching double-figure scoring totals on Thursday, Tulane improved to 15-0 when more than two players reach double-digits. The Green Wave are now 13-0 when three players score 10 or more points and 1-0 when both four and five players accomplish the feat.
Senior guard Olivia Grayson reached double figures for the sixth-consecutive game with 11 points in the win over Sam Houston State. It was her 18th double-digit scoring outing of the season and the 77th of her career.
Sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan scored 10 points for Tulane on Thursday, marking the fifth time this year she reached double digits and the 11th time in her career that she's done so.
Kaplan's team-high five assists marks the 18th time during the 2012-13 campaign that she surpassed the four-assist plateau. With 133 assists so far this year, she now needs just one to crack the Top 10 in Tulane single-season history.
The Green Wave swatted nine shots against Sam Houston State, which is the third most blocked shots by the team all season. Tulane had a season-best 11 blocks against Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 19 and added 10 vs. McNeese State on Dec. 30.