Jan. 17, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to return to its winning ways on Saturday, Jan. 18, when the 11-5 Green Wave play host to Conference USA rival Southern Miss at 2 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. That game is the first contest of a day/night doubleheader as the Green Wave men will take on Rice at 7 p.m.
After winning their first two league games by an average of 23 points, the Wave fell four-points shy of improving to 3-0 in C-USA action on Wednesday when Tulane dropped a 69-65 decision to East Carolina. Saturday's game is not likely to be an easy contest, however, as Southern Miss comes to town 13-3 on the year, leading C-USA with a 47.0 field goal percentage and featuring one of the most dynamic players in the league in senior point guard Jamierra Faulkner.
Women's Basketball Earns 80-69 Senior Day Win Over Southern Miss
While the Green Wave's four-member senior class was honored with a pre-game ceremony, it was sophomores Danielle Blagg and Tiffany Dale who garnered the spotlight as the Tulane University women's basketball team rolled past Conference USA foe Southern Miss, 80-69, on Sunday in Devlin Fieldhouse.
"Because of the location of the two schools, this is always a good game. It's as much of a rivalry game as any and it's the first time we'll play them twice since 2005. Faulkner is probably one of the best point guards in the country. She's playing well and she's not turning the ball over as she's done before. This will definitely be a challenge for us."
Saturday's game will be broadcast on the flagship station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and live video streaming is available on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats are provided on the web for free via GameTracker.
Tulane is connecting at a .423 clip from the field, hitting 389-of-920 shots from the floor, and 89-of-241 tries from beyond the 3-point arc (.369), while allowing opponents to shoot .373 overall (351-of-940) and .293 from 3-point land (86-of-294). Green Wave foes are averaging 60.7 points, 36.3 rebounds, 12.8 assists, 7.8 steals and 2.6 blocks per game so far in 2013-14.
"I don't think we played poorly," Stockton said of her team's last outing. "We made some mistakes, but we shot well and we did some really good things. There were some things to build off of. You look at Tiffany Dale's performance over the last three games, that's really something that we feel good about - to have that inside/outside that we've been looking for. Even though we lost to a very good team, we're still playing well."
Southern Miss, meanwhile comes to town with an identical 2-1 mark in Conference USA action and, like Tulane, looking to bounce back from a loss after falling 92-82 to Old Dominion on Wednesday night in Hattiesburg, Miss.
As a team, the Golden Eagles are averaging 78.5 points, 39.9 rebounds, 19.4 assists, 10.9 steals and 3.6 blocks per contest. Faulkner leads Southern Miss with 15.8 points per game while Tamara Jones and Jerontay Clemons are next with a scoring average of 15.7 and 10.0, respectively. Jones paces the team with 6.6 rebounds per game and Faulkner headlines the squad with 8.8 assists and 2.9 steals per outing. Ashley Folsom leads the USM defense with 0.7 blocks per contest.
Southern Miss is hitting 47.0 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 470-of-1000 attempts, including a 65-of-200 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.325) while allowing opponents to tally a 39.2 field goal percentage (334-of-853) with a 33.1 performance from 3-point land (78-of-236). Golden Eagles' foes are averaging 63.3 points, 36.1 rebounds, 11.9 assists, 7.2 steals and 2.7 blocks per game.
"Every conference game matters," Stockton added. "We did some good things the other night, even though we lost. We've just got to bounce back and be ready to play a very good and very confident Southern Miss team."
Saturday's game marks 63rd meeting between Tulane and Southern Miss on the hardwood, and the Golden Eagles hold a 34-28 advantage in the all-time series.
While Southern Miss holds the edge all time, Tulane has won 21 of the last 31 match-ups dating back to Lisa Stockton's first year as head coach in 1994-95. The series with the Golden Eagles is oldest in Tulane history among teams that play an average of once per season, and Tulane won the inaugural meeting 68-67 on Jan. 26, 1977, in what is now Devlin Fieldhouse.
Tulane is 20-12 against Southern Miss in New Orleans, including an 80-69 win over the Golden Eagles in the Green Wave's final regular-season home game of last season on March 3, 2013. That win snapped a two-game skid against Southern Miss as Tulane dropped the previous two year's contests, 86-81 in overtime on Jan. 20, 2011, in New Orleans and 56-51 on Feb. 19, 2012, in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Following Saturday's action, the Green Wave return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 22, when they travel to North Carolina to take on Charlotte. From there, Tulane returns home to square off against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Jan. 25, with tipoff slated for 2 p.mm.
For tickets to that game, 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).