Junior center Ashley Westby and the Tulane women's basketball team will look to remain perfect away from home and even their Conference USA record on Sunday when the Green Wave battle Marshall in Huntington, W.Va.
Jan. 12, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to even its Conference USA record at 1-1 and continue its strong play on the road on Sunday, Jan. 13, when the Green Wave travel to Huntington, W.Va., to take on league foe Marshall at 1 p.m. in the Cam Henderson Center.
In their five previous games outside of Devlin Fieldhouse, the Green Wave are a perfect 5-0 with road victories over ULM (70-60 on Nov. 12), Southern (65-45 on Nov. 16) and LSU (66-64 in overtime on Dec. 9) while earning neutral-site wins over Bradley (74-69 on Nov. 23) and Western Michigan (66-48 on Nov. 24) during the Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Tournament in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Women's Basketball Rolls Past C-USA Foe Marshall, 68-52
With an earlier-than-usual 11 a.m. tipoff due to the game being televised nationally on the Fox Sports Network, it took the Green Wave a little while to get going. Once they found their rhythm, however, the Wave made it a no-doubter as the Tulane University women's basketball team rolled past Conference USA foe Marshall, 68-52, on Sunday in Fogelman Arena.
Tulane heads to West Virginia 11-3 overall, 0-1 in C-USA play and looking to bounce back from a 62-56 loss to league foe SMU on Thursday night in Devlin Fieldhouse.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 68.5 points, 42.7 rebounds, 18.3 assists, 9.9 steals and 5.3 blocks per game. Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins leads the Tulane offense with 14.9 points per game while guards Danielle Blagg and Olivia Grayson follow with identical scoring averages of 9.4. Sophomore forward Tiffany Dale paces the squad with 6.5 rebounds per game to go with a team-best 24 blocked shots, sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan headlines the squad with 63 assists, and Grayson spearheads the defense with 30 steals.
Tulane is connecting at a .411 clip from the field, hitting 351-of-855 shots from the floor, and 70-of-223 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (.314), while allowing opponents to shoot .380 overall (309-of-814) and .297 from 3-point land (65-of-219). Green Wave foes are averaging 59.4 points, 34.9 rebounds, 13.7 assists, 9.6 steals and 3.1 blocks so far in 2012-13.
Marshall, meanwhile, enters the weekend 6-8 on the year, 0-1 in Conference USA play and looking to snap a three-game losing streak dating back to a 67-60 home defeat to Tennessee Tech back on Dec. 22.
As a team, the Thundering Herd are averaging 56.0 points, 37.0 rebounds, 10.6 assists, 7.2 steals and 4.1 blocks per contest. Shay Weaver leads Marshall with 10.2 points per game while Chukwuka Ezeigbo and Norrisha Victrum follow with scoring averages of 8.6 and 7.6, respectively. Ezeigbo paces the team with 5.8 rebounds per game and 23 total blocks, Victrum leads the squad with 38 assists, and Suporia Dickens headlines the defense with 25 steals.
Marshall is hitting 38.7 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 284-of-734 attempts, including a 76-of-256 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.297) while allowing opponents to tally a 38.7 field goal percentage (310-of-802) with a 28.9 performance from 3-point land (63-of-218). Thundering Herd foes are averaging 57.7 points, 35.3 rebounds, 13.6 assists, 9.0 steals and 2.3 blocks per game.
Sunday's game marks the ninth meeting between Tulane and Marshall on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold a 7-1 advantage in the all-time series. All of the games have come under head coach Lisa Stockton, and have also come since the Thundering Herd joined Conference USA prior to the 2005-06 season.
The Green Wave won the first head-to-head meeting with the Thundering Herd, downing Marshall 58-40 on Feb. 17, 2006, in Fogelman Arena. The win at home was the first of three consecutive victories against the Herd before Marshall posted its lone win in the series with a 65-58 decision in the opening round of the 2008 C-USA Championship in Orlando, Fla.
Since then, Tulane has won four straight against Marshall, including a 68-52 decision on Jan. 29, 2012, in then-Fogelman Arena. The Green Wave are 4-0 against the Thundering Herd in the Henderson Center with the last meeting coming on Jan. 16, 2011, when they emerged with a 68-38 win.
Following the game at Marshall, Tulane will play at Rice on Thursday, Jan. 17, before returning to Devlin Fieldhouse to play host to Memphis on Sunday, Jan. 20. Tipoff for that ballgame is slated for 1 p.m.
For tickets the Tulane/Memphis contest, 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.