Jan. 6, 2000
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The potent combination of Grace Daley and Janell Burse try to carry 19th-ranked Tulane to its 13th straight victory on Friday night as it hosts UAB in a battle of National Division teams from Conference USA.
Daley, an All-American, is fifth in the nation in scoring at 23.5 points per game. Burse is 19th in Division I, contributing 20.4 points per contest. She also is 14th in rebounding (10.8), 20th in shooting percentage (58.9) and 19th in blocked shots (2.2), making her one of only six players to be in the top 20 in four different categories.
Tulane (12-0, 1-0 C-USA National) began defense of its conference title with a 91-77 victory over Southern Mississippi on Sunday. Salome Hector scored a career-high 29 points for the Green Wave, including seven in a game-breaking 13-2 run. She made 14-of-16 free throws and 7-of-9 shots from the field.
Burse added 28 points and 20 rebounds, finishing one shy of the school record. Daley actually had a bad game, finishing with just 11 points on 3-for-10 shooting. Tulane had 13 steals and forced 21 turnovers.
"I thought we were extremely fatigued tonight, so it was great to see some players come off the bench and contribute," Stockton said. "Salome had a great night for us."
The Green Wave can match a Conference USA record for longest winning streak with a win in this game.
UAB (8-4, 0-1 USA National) had a four-game winning streak halted with a 65-64 setback to Memphis on Sunday. Michelle Smith had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Blazers, who have lost three of their four games by a combined seven points. The other defeat was a 25-point rout at the hands of Auburn.
Deanna Jackson and Lisa Jackson are the only players in double figures for the Lady Blazers, averaging 18.2 and 11.7 points per game, respectively. UAB, which is averaging 71 points per game, has three other players averaging more than nine points per game.
The teams split two games last season by a combined eight points.