Nov. 10, 2006
New Orleans - With four scorers in double-figures, the Tulane women's basketball team used a balanced attack for a 75-52 victory over Stephen F. Austin Friday in the season opener for both teams. Fifth-year senior guard D'Aundra Henry led Tulane with 16 points and added six assists and four steals.
Tulane (1-0) improves to 24-8 all-time in home openers at Fogelman Arena. Stephen F. Austin is now 0-1.
"Overall, I felt good about our intensity. It was a good first game for us, and we got a good individual efforts from a number of players," head coach Lisa Stockton said.
Tulane shot 49 percent for the game and forced the Ladyjacks into 31 turnovers. Tulane's defense came up with 16 steals and held the `Jacks to 30.8 percent shooting from the field in the second half.
Sophomore forward Kendra Barnes connected on six-of-six from the field for 15 points, while chipping in six rebounds. Senior guard Jami Montagnino also scored 15 points, shooting four-of-six from the field and five-of-six from the line. Sophomore guard Ashley Langford added 10 points to go with her seven assists. Both Langford and Montagnino added four rebounds
"I'd like to see us improve in our rebounding and take care of the ball better," Stockton added. "We played tonight with only limited minutes from Jennifer Sands - who had a touch of the flu. So it was great for us to put away a team without our All-Conference USA player."
Tulane fell behind 6-0 from the start, before a 9-3 run gave the Green Wave an 11-9 lead and Tulane never looked back. A bucket from Barnes (her fourth in four first-half attempts) gave the Wave its biggest lead of the first half at 13, before taking a 40-29 lead into the break. Montagnino scored 11 of her 15 in the first half.
For the half, the LadyJacks could muster just a 30.8 field goal percentage on 8-of-26 shooting.
Stephen F. Austin was led by Natashia Green with 12 points while Anitria Mosley added 10 points. Charity Egenti led all rebounders with seven.
Freshmen Tia Jackson and Chassity Brown each made their collegiate debuts, with Brown becoming an impromptu starter after being inadvertently listed in the official scorebook instead of Alendra Brown. Alendra Brown scored a pair of points in 24 mintues with two rebounds.
The Green Wave plays host to Rhode Island on Friday, Nov 17 at 7 p.m. in Fogelman Arena. The first four games of 2006-07 are at home for the Green Wave for only the second time in school history.