Jan. 22, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Tulane's Sarah Goree has been named the Conference USA Women's Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Goree earned the honor after leading Tulane to wins over league rivals Memphis and UAB on the road over the weekend. The junior guard averaged 17.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.5 steals, while connecting on an impressive 54.2 percent of her shots (13-of-24). She had averaged just 8.8 points per game entering the weekend.
"Sarah gave us a lift on both ends of the floor in those two games," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "Not only did she hit some big shots for us, but she played very well on the defensive end. We got two big wins and Sarah was an important part of those."
Tulane has now won two straight and nine of its last 10 games. The Green Wave currently lead Conference USA's National Division with a 6-1 league mark.
A native of Baton Rouge, La., Goree started the week with 10 points in the Green Wave's win over Memphis. She connected on 5-of-10 shots, grabbed three rebounds, dished out four assists and picked up four steals. She followed that with a career-high 22 points in Tulane's road victory over UAB, helping to hand the Lady Blazers their first home loss of the season. She connected on 8-of-14 shots while pulling down three rebounds, handing out two assists and grabbing four steals. She scored nine straight points as part of an 11-0 Tulane run in the first half, and at one point had single-handedly doubled UAB's score, notching 12 of the Wave's first 23 points while the Lady Blazers had just six as a team.
Goree's honor gives Tulane two of the last three C-USA Players of the Week, as senior center Janell Burse picked up the award on January 8. For the season, Goree is averaging 9.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and an impressive 5.2 assists per game. She ranks among the Conference USA leaders in assists (4th), assist-to-turnover ratio (5th), free throw percentage (7th), three-point field goal percentage (10th), and three-pointers made per game (15th).
Goree and the Green Wave return to action on Friday, as Tulane plays host to American Division leader Louisville. Gametime is set for 7 p.m. at Fogelman Arena.