Jan. 3, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Tulane center Janell Burse has been named the Conference USA Women's Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Burse, a native of New Orleans, earned Player of the Week honors after averaging 23.0 points, 13.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in three Tulane wins last week. She started the week by earning Most Valuable Player honors at the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic. Burse opened the tournament with 30 points, a career-best 17 rebounds and a season-high five blocked shots against Providence and followed that with 24 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots against West Virginia. A product of Redeemer-Seton High School, Burse closed out the week with 15 points and 14 rebounds in Tulane's 76-72 upset win over No. 11 LSU.
For the week, Burse connected on 62.5 percent of her shots from the floor (25-of-40) and 76.0 percent of her free throws (19-of-25). In 76 minutes of work, she totalled 69 points, 40 rebounds, 10 blocked shots and four steals, while committing just three turnovers.
Monday's honor marked the second time in her career that Burse has been named as Conference USA's Player of the Week, having picked up the honor last season as well. Tulane has now won three of the seven Player of the Week awards so far this season, as Grace Daley won back-to-back recognition in December. Tulane is also the only school to have two different players earn Player of the Week status.
In addition to Burse's individual honor, the Green Wave moved up the two national polls, as well. Thanks in part to a perfect 11-0 record and a victory over then-No. 11 LSU, Tulane finds itself ranked 19th in the latest Associated Press poll and 20th in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Green Wave had been ranked 24th by both polls in each of the last two weeks.
Tulane (11-0) returns to action on Monday night, as the Green Wave play host to Southern Mississippi in its Conference USA opener at Fogelman Arena.