Jan. 10, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. - The Tulane University women's basketball team will looking for its first 2-0 Conference USA start since the 2010-11 campaign on Saturday, Jan. 11, as the Green Wave return to action against league newcomer Old Dominion at 1 p.m. (CST) in the Ted Constant Center.
Fresh off a 77-61 win at Marshall in the C-USA opener on Thursday night in Huntington, W.Va., the Green Wave will face a Lady Monarchs team steeped in history. Old Dominion earned bids to the NCAA/AIAW Tournament a combined 28 times, advancing to the Sweet 16 on 15 occasions, making the Final Four six times and coming home with three national titles. In addition, the Lady Monarchs hold a solid home-court advantage as the program ranks second in C-USA with an average home attendance of 3,261 fans during the first six games in Norfolk this season.
Women's Hoops Outlasts Old Dominion In Tulane/DoubleTree Classic Finale
Tiffany Aidoo led all players with 17 points while chipping in with three steals, two rebounds, one block and one assist as Tulane defeated Old Dominion in the championship game of the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic, 62-59.
Tulane heads to Virginia 10-4 on the year, 1-0 in Conference USA action, winners of six of its last seven contests. As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 68.6 points, 42.6 rebounds, 15.8 assists, 8.1 steals and 3.9 blocks per game.
Junior guard Danielle Blagg leads three players averaging double figures offensively with 13.9 points per game while junior point guard Jamie Kaplan and junior forward Tiffany Dale follow with respective averages of 11.8 and 10.0. Dale paces the team with 8.4 rebounds per game and sophomore center Chinwe Duru headlines the defense with 1.7 blocked shots per outing. Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 6.3 assists per game and junior forward Tierra Jones holds team-high steal honors with 1.5 thefts per contest.
Old Dominion, meanwhile, enters Saturday's game 7-8, 0-1 in Conference USA and looking to bounce back from an 80-59 loss at Charlotte on Wednesday in the team's league opener.
As a team, the Lady Monarchs are averaging 67.7 points, 39.8 rebounds, 13.5 assists, 9.5 steals and 2.9 blocks per contest. Shae Kelley leads Old Dominion with 16.1 points per game while Stephanie Gardner is next with a scoring average of 8.8. Kelley also paces the team with 10.5 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.3 blocks per game and Galaisha Goodhope headlines the unit with 3.2 assists per outing.
Old Dominion is hitting 39.6 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 368-of-930 attempts, including an 82-of-268 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.306) while allowing opponents to tally a 42.3 field goal percentage (361-of-853) with a 29.8 performance from 3-point land (70-of-235). Lady Monarchs' foes are averaging 66.0 points, 39.1 rebounds, 12.7 assists, 7.3 steals and 2.8 blocks per game.
Saturday's game marks just the second meeting between Tulane and Old Dominion on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series. The Green Wave's lone previous meeting with the Lady Monarchs came on Dec. 30, 2010, when Tulane earned a 62-59 win in the championship game of the 16th Annual Tulane/DoubleTree Classic in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Following the game against the Lady Monarchs, Tulane returns to action on Wednesday, Jan.15, when the Green Wave play host to East Carolina at 7 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. That contest is the first of a two-game homestand as Tulane will take on Southern Miss on Saturday, Jan. 18, with tipoff slated for 2 p.m.
For tickets to those games, as well as future Green Wave Athletics events, contact the Tulane Ticket Office. The ticket office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson Jr. Center, and fans can also order tickets on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com or by calling (504) 861-WAVE (9283).