Jan. 19, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to win its third straight contest on Sunday, Jan. 20, when the Green Wave play host to Conference USA foe Memphis in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Green Wave have won their last two outings - both on the road to improve to 7-0 in games away from campus - to improve to 13-3 overall and 2-1in C-USA play. Sunday's contest will be broadcast live on the flagship station of Tulane basketball, The Ticket 106.1 FM, and both video and audio streaming are available on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats will be provided on the Internet for free via GameTracker.
Women's Basketball Downs Memphis In C-USA Championship Semifinals, 63-44
If there is one thing that history shows us, it is that it often repeats itself. On Friday morning in the FedEx Forum, the third-seeded Tulane University women's basketball team lived up to that adage as the Green Wave earned their third-straight appearance in the Conference USA Championship title game with a 63-44 semifinal win over host and second-seeded Memphis.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 68.4 points, 41.0 rebounds, 18.0 assists, 9.7 steals and 5.0 blocks per game. Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins leads the Tulane offense with 13.8 points per game while sophomore guard Danielle Blagg and senior guard Olivia Grayson follow with respective scoring averages of 10.7 and 9.5. Sophomore forward Tiffany Dale paces the squad with 6.1 per game each to go with a team-best 26 blocked shots while Grayson has a team-high 33 steals. Sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan leads the squad with 70 assists.
Memphis comes to town 11-6 on the year, 2-1 in Conference USA play and fresh off consecutive home wins with a 63-57 victory over Southern Miss on Jan. 13 and a 66-56 decision over East Carolina on Jan. 17.
As a team, the Tigers are averaging 72.5 points, 42.9 rebounds, 12.0 assists, 10.1 steals and 4.1 blocks per contest. Nicole Dickson leads Memphis in both scoring and rebounding with respective averages of 19.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per outing to go with a team-best 34 steals. Ariel Hearn is second on the squad with 15.1 points per game while Bilqis Adbul--Qaadir follows with 10.5. Hearn headlines the club with 71 assists, and Pa'Sonna Hope leads the defense with 24 blocked shots.
Memphis is hitting 43.4 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 467-of-1075 attempts, including a 59-of-209 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.282) while allowing opponents to tally a 38.9 field goal percentage (407-of-1045) with a 30.5 performance from 3-point land (84-of-275). Tiger foes are averaging 65.9 points, 38.4 rebounds, 13.0 assists, 8.5 steals and 3.8 blocks per game.
"They're a very good scoring team and they are definitely going to challenge our defense," Stockton said. "They've got the leading scorer in the conference in Dickson, and it's going to be one of those games where we'll have to have a lot of different plans for their potent offense.
"They have some young players who are playing very well for them and they've got a style where they're going to run the ball and really press your defense a lot. So far, it's working for them."
Today's game marks 40th meeting between Tulane and Memphis on the hardwood, and the Tigers hold a 23-16 advantage in the all-time series.
Tulane is 14-8 against Memphis under Stockton with all of those games coming since the formation of Conference USA for the 1995-96 season. Tulane had its string of three straight head-to-head victories over Memphis snapped in last year's conference opener, dropping a 61-59 road game to the Tigers on Jan. 5, 2012. The Green Wave exacted a bit of revenge in the C-USA Championship with a 63-44 win the semifinals at FedEx Forum to advance to the league's title game for the third consecutive year.
The Tulane/Memphis series dates back to Dec. 18, 1979, when Memphis earned a 75-62 decision at the Metro Conference Tournament in Louisville, Ky. That was the first of 11 straight wins for the Tigers and Memphis won 18 of the first 20 head-to-head matchups. Since the 1997-98 season, however, Tulane has gone 14-5 against the Tigers. Tulane is 8-11 all-time against Memphis in New Orleans.
Following Sunday's ballgame, the Green Wave will enjoy a week off before returning to action on Sunday, Jan. 27, when they play host to East Carolina at 2 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. For tickets to that game, 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.