Jan. 8, 2000
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Undefeated Tulane will look again to Grace Daley in attempting the longest winning streak in the history of Conference USA Sunday when it squares off against Memphis.
Daley, a 5-8 senior guard from Ocala, Fla., is the fifth leading scorer in the nation at 23.5 points. With her help, the Green Wave (13-0, 1-0 C-USA) have already notched the best start in school history and can break the record for consecutive victories by a Conference USA team with a win over Memphis.
Marquette is the only other Conference USA team that has started with 13 consecutive wins, set during the 1997-98 season.
Tulane, among three unbeaten teams in Division I, also seeks its 16th straight win at home. The Green Wave joins Connecticut (13-0) and North Carolina State (13-0) with unblemished records.
Tulane's streaks nearly came to an end Friday against Alabama-Birmingham.
The Green Wave erased an eight-point deficit in the final 4:16 and escaped with a 74-73 victory over UAB. Daley proved the difference down the stretch, scoring five straight points to pull the Green Wave within three. Jannell Burse capped Tulane's game-ending 9-0 run by hitting two free throws with 40 seconds left.
Daley scored 16 of her 23 points in the second half, grabbed six rebounds and handed out a team-high five assists.
Burse, who had 15 points and seven boards against UAB, ranks among the top 20 in scoring (20.0) and rebounding (10.5).
Memphis (7-6, 1-1) had a four-game winning streak snapped Friday with an 84-71 loss at Southern Mississippi.
Lauren Jackson scored a team-high 13 points but hit just 5-of-13 from the field. The Lady Tigers shot 41.5 percent (27-for-65) overall.
After losing 92-69 to Tennessee in early December, the Tigers hadn't lost a
game until running into the Golden Eagles.