Jan. 21, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - It has been nearly a decade since Tulane and Charlotte squared off in a Conference USA contest, but the Green Wave/49ers rivalry will commence on Wednesday, Jan. 22, when the two women's basketball teams square off at 6 p.m. (CST) at Halton Arena.
The Tulane/Charlotte series dates back to the 1991-92 season when both teams were members of the now defunct Metro Conference and both teams joined C-USA for the league's inaugural season in 1995-96. While Tulane remained in the league since that first campaign, Charlotte left for the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2005-06 before rejoining C-USA this year.
Wednesday'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 heads to North Carolina 12-5 on the year, 3-1 in Conference USA action and looking build on the momentum of an emotional 73-71 overtime victory against Southern Miss on Saturday afternoon in Devlin Fieldhouse.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 70.1 points, 42.6 rebounds, 16.4 assists, 8.0 steals and 4.2 blocks per game. Junior guard Danielle Blagg leads four players averaging double figures offensively with 13.4 points per game while junior point guard Jamie Kaplan, freshman guard Leslie Vorpahl and junior forward Tiffany Dale follow with respective averages of 11.5, 10.8 and 10.5. Dale paces the team with 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game, and Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 6.7 assists per game. Sophomore forward Tierra Jones holds team-high steal honors with 1.3 thefts per contest apiece.
Charlotte, meanwhile, enters the game 9-8 overall, 3-1 in Conference USA and fresh off a 92-86 league win over UTEP on Saturday afternoon in El Paso, Texas.
As a team, the 49ers are averaging 70.1 points, 40.2 rebounds, 13.5 assists, 6.6 steals and 4.1 blocks per contest. Gabby Tyler leads a balanced Charlotte offensive attack with 11.9 points per game while Ny Hammonds, Hillary Sigmon and Kira Gordon follow closely with scoring average of 11.8, 11.2 and 11.2, respectively. Tyler also paces the team with 7.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots per game, Hammonds has a team-best 5.6 assists per outing, and Gordon headlines the defense with 1.5 steals per contest.
Charlotte is hitting 41.3 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 429-of-1040 attempts, including a 67-of-228 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.294) while allowing opponents to tally a 40.5 field goal percentage (416-of-1027) with a 32.6 performance from 3-point land (75-of-230). Forty-Niners' foes are averaging 68.9 points, 39.1 rebounds, 13.2 assists, 5.8 steals and 3.2 blocks per game.
Wednesday's game marks 23rd meeting between Tulane and Charlotte on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold a 14-8 advantage in the all-time series.
Tulane is 12-3 against the 49ers under head coach Lisa Stockton, including a 5-2 mark when playing in North Carolina. Each of the Green Wave's losses in the series under Stockton, however, and have come the last three times the teams squared off as Charlotte sandwiched home wins of 86-80 on March 2, 2003, and 62-38 on Jan. 28, 2005, around a 72-61 win in New Orleans on March 18, 2004.
Prior to those three losses, Tulane had won 12 straight games against the 49ers dating back to the 1994-95 season with the Green Wave's last win being a 65-57 victory on Feb. 22, 2002, in New Orleans. Tulane is 5-5 against Charlotte when playing in North Carolina with the last road win against the 49ers coming in a 78-68 decision back on Jan. 30, 2000.
Following the game against the 49ers, the Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Jan. 25, when they play host to Louisiana Tech at 2 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. 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).