Jan. 22, 2000
NEW ORLEANS - The front-runner and basement dweller in the Conference USA National Division meet Sunday when Tulane caps a four-game road trip at South Florida.
Despite going 1-2 on the trip, the Green Wave (15-2, 4-2 C-USA) owns first place in the National Division and the best overall record in the conference.
The Bulls (9-7, 1-5) have fallen into last place in the division by losing five straight conference games since winning its opener at Houston on Jan. 2.
Tulane, which won 14 straight to open the season, posted a 92-74 victory over Houston on Friday after losing back-to-back games at Cincinnati and Louisville. The Green Wave were held to an average of 65.5 points in those defeats before reaching the 90-point barrier for the sixth time this season in Friday's victory.
Among the nation's top-10 teams in scoring at 82.7 points, Tulane got untracked offensively thanks in part to improved free throw shooting. The Green Wave hit 23-of-27 from the foul line Friday after making just 20 of 34 in their previous two outings.
Grace Daley and Janell Burse combined to hit 13-of-16 free throws and finished with 25 and 18 points, respectively. Daley ranks fourth in the nation with 23.6 points per game, while Burse contributes 17.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest.
Tulane lost its trip to South Florida last season, 70-67, before trouncing the Bulls at home, 99-60.
South Florida saw its slide stretched to six games Friday, wasting a six-point lead in the final 4 1-2 minutes en route to an 82-75 loss to Southern Mississippi.
Bulls leading scorer Monica Echeverria averages 15.4 points per game but was held to 11 as she connected on just 3-of-10 free throws.