Nov. 16, 2012
Tiffany Dale tallied her first double-double of the year with 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Tulane University women's basketball team rolled past Southern, 65-45, on Friday evening at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
The two teams traded baskets early on and neither led by more than a pair over the first 10-plus minutes of the contest. With the score knotted at 11-all, however the Green Wave defense held Southern to just one field goal and a pair of free throws the rest of the half to take control of the ballgame.
With the win, Tulane improves to 3-0 on the year and won its 14th consecutive game against an in-state foe. Southern, meanwhile, fell to 0-2.
"They came out in a zone and that was very unlike them so it took us a while to adjust to that," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "We made those adjustments and probably took some better shots. That got our confidence going. We also got some fast-break layups to get our scoring going...Then our defense really picked up and we created some turnovers."
Dale, who hit 5-of-7 field goals and all five free-throw opportunities, was one of two Green Wave players to post double-digit point totals on the day as senior wing Janique Kautsky was second on the squad with 13 points on the strength of three 3-pointers. Senior guard Olivia Grayson led Tulane with four steals and sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan came off the bench to hand out a game-best six assists.
As a team, Tulane hit 44.9 percent of its shots from the field (22-of-49), including a 9-for-19 showing (.474) in the second half. The Green Wave out-rebounded the Jaguars, 41-27, turned 18 offensive rebounds into 11 second-chance points, and outscored Southern in the paint 30-10.
"You want to talk about someone who has really matured as a player," Stockton said of Dale. "She's out there defensively and offensively getting those key rebounds and was shooting at such a great percentage. She was 5-for-7and they weren't necessarily all post ups. They were driving, put-backs and all that."
Grayson broke an 11-all tie and Kautsky scored the final points of the opening half with a 3-pointer from the left corner. The two baskets were part of a 27-5 Green Wave run over the final 10:22 to make it 38-16 at halftime.
The Green Wave lead swelled to as many as 25 early in the second half, but Southern refused to go away quietly. The Jags used a 10-0 run to make it a 12-point game at 46-34 with 9:43 left to play. Tulane responded with a 12-2 run over the next 4:34 to take a 58-36 edge and the lead dipped below 20 just once the rest of the way.
"One thing that has to be important on this team is we have to get some offense from our defense," Stockton added. "When they made that run and we started pressing a little bit, they either took quick shots or we got some steals and we were able to get some points.
"This was our best defensive performance so far. We didn't make a lot of bad mistakes or commit a lot of bad fouls. In each of the three games, we've gradually gotten better and for us, this is something we have to see as a positive."
Kendra Coleman led Southern with 15 points and Yasmin Fuller was next for the Jags with 11. Jasmine Jefferson and Lechell Rush shared team-high rebounding honors with four each, Andrian Sanders had a team-best five assists, and Jefferson and Jasmine King both tallied a pair of steals.
Tulane returns to action on Friday, Nov. 23, when the Green Wave open play in the NAU Thanksgiving Tournament against Bradley in Flagstaff, Ariz. Following the two-game tourney, the Wave return home on Nov. 28, when they play host to Auburn. Tipoff for that game is slated for 7 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast on Cox Sports Television.
For tickets to Tulane/Auburn contest, as well as future Green Wave events, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive, and tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.