March 24, 2013
The Green Wave improved to 24-8 on the year, the most wins by a Tulane team since finishing 26-7 in 2009-10. The Wave's 24 wins to date ranks tied for the fifth-most in school history.
The victory over the Razorbacks marks Tulane's first postseason win beyond the first round as well as the Green Wave's first postseason win on an opponent's home court.
Tulane advances to the third round of the 2013 where the Green Wave will face Arkansas on Wednesday, March 27, in Auburn, Ala. The Wave have only played three postseason games once previously, going 1-2 in the old NWIT when the eight-team field played a round-robin tournament in Amarillo, Texas. Prior to today's win, the Green Wave were 0-8 in the second round of postseason play (0-3 in the NCAA, 0-5 in the WNIT). Tulane is now 1-8 in postseason action on an opponent's home court.
Sunday's game was the fourth head-to-head contest against Arkansas and the first in postseason action. The Green Wave are now 1-3 against the Razorbacks.
Tulane held a 27-14 advantage in points off the bench on Sunday against Arkansas, marking the 29th time in 32 games this season that the Green Wave reserves have outscored their counterparts' players off the bench.
The Green Wave defense held Arkansas to a 28.6 field goal percentage (16-of-56). That is the lowest showing by a Tulane opponent this season and the lowest since Memphis posted a .283 clip (17-of-60) in the 2012 Conference USA Championship semifinals on March 9, 2012, at the FedEx Forum.
During Tulane's two WNIT games so far, the Green Wave are holding opponents to a 29.1 field goal percentage (32-of-127).
The Green Wave's 41 field goal attempts was the lowest total of the 2012-13 season. The last time Tulane attempted less than 41 shots from the field was back on Jan. 19, 2012, when the Wave had 38 shot attempts in a 52-41 win over UAB in New Orleans.
With three players reaching double-figure scoring totals on Sunday, Tulane improved to 16-0 when more than two players reach double-digits. The Green Wave are now 14-0 when three players score 10 or more points and 1-0 when both four and five players accomplish the feat.
Sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan scored 10 points for Tulane on Sunday, marking the second consecutive game she reached double figures, the sixth time this year she did so and the 12th time in her career that she's accomplished that feat.
Kaplan's team-high seven assists marks the 19th time during the 2012-13 campaign that she surpassed the four-assist plateau. Her 140 assists so far this year currently ranks seventh in Tulane single-season history.
Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins reached double figures in scoring for the first time since scoring 20 against Houston on Feb. 17. It was her 14th double-digit scoring output of the season and the 24th of her career.
Freshman center Chinwe Duru's 10 points against the Razorbacks was her third double-figure scoring total of the 2012-13 campaign.