Jan. 6, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will open the 2013 portion of its schedule on Monday, Jan. 7, when the Green Wave play host to next-door neighbor Loyola in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tipoff for that ballgame is slated for 5:30 p.m.
The game against the Wolfpack is the final non-conference game of the regular-season for Tulane as the Green Wave begin their Conference USA slate on Thursday, Jan. 7, when they take on SMU. Monday's game will be broadcast on the radio on The Ticket, 106.1 FM, and live audio and video streaming will be available on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats are available on-line for free via GameTracker.
Women's Basketball Downs Loyola In Season Opener, 74-49
Junior guard Olivia Grayson had a game-high 20 points and senior center Brett Benzio pulled down 10 rebounds as the Tulane University women's basketball team defeated Loyola-New Orleans, 74-49, in the season opener Friday evening at Fogelman Arena.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 68.5 points, 43.6 rebounds, 17.9 assists, 8.9 steals and 4.9 blocks per game. Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins leads the Tulane offense with 15.9 points per game while senior guard Olivia Grayson and sophomore guard Danielle Blagg follow with identical scoring averages of 9.3 each. Sophomore forward Tiffany Dale paces the squad with 6.8 blocks per game to go with a team-best 20 blocked shots, sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan headlines the squad with 51 assists, and Grayson spearheads the defense with 25 steals.
Loyola, meanwhile, heads across Freret Street 5-8 on the year and riding the crest of a two-game winning streak after defeating Truett-McConnell (66-36 on Jan. 4) and Southern Wesleyan (81-53 on Jan. 5) its last two times out.
As a team, the Wolfpack are averaging 65.6 points, 39.8 rebounds, 12.5 assists, 8.7 steals and 1.2 blocks per contest. Jasmine Brewer leads Loyola with 16.6 points per game while Megen Berner and Janeicia Neely follow with scoring averages of 11.5 and 10.2, respectively. Brewer also paces the team with 8.9 rebounds per game and Rebekah Greer leads the club with five blocked shots while Neely headlines the squad with 49 assists and 21 steals.
Loyola is hitting 39.2 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 284-of-724 attempts, including a 46-of-180 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.255) while allowing opponents to tally a 37.7 field goal percentage (311-of-824) with a 28.4 performance from 3-point land (75-of-264). Wolfpack foes are averaging 65.8 points, 38.5 rebounds, 13.2 assists, 10.6 steals and 3.2 blocks per game.
While the two teams have played against each other on several occasions over the years during the exhibition season and in scrimmage play, Monday's game marks just the third official meeting between Tulane and Loyola. Tulane won the first official match-up against Loyola on Nov. 21, 2006, when the Green Wave posted a 94-50 win. Tulane and Loyola also played in last year's season opener and the Wave emerged victorious in that one, 74-49, on Nov. 11.
The game will be a homecoming of sorts for Loyola head coach Kellie Kennedy as the leader of the Wolfpack team served as an assistant under Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton from 1996-2006. During that time, Kennedy helped the Green Wave post a combined 200-100 record (.667), win three regular-season Conference USA titles, claim four C-USA Tournament crowns and earn NCAA Tournament bids eight consecutive seasons.
Following Monday's showdown with the Wolfpack, the Green Wave will close out their six-game homestand against SMU on Thursday before heading to Marshall on Sunday to take on the Thundering Herd in Huntington, W.Va. For tickets to the Loyola and SMU games, 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.