Jan. 24, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to win its third consecutive contest and improve on a 13-5 overall record when the Green Wave play host to Conference USA newcomer Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse.
The Green Wave enter the game riding an emotional high after posting back-to-back overtime victories with a 73-71 win over Southern Miss last Saturday in New Orleans before downing Charlotte, 78-76, on Wednesday evening in Dale. F. Halton Arena. Tulane has played the Lady Techsters on 10 previous occasions, but the upcoming contest will be the first time the two teams will square off in a conference game as Louisiana Tech joined C-USA for the 2013-14 academic year.
Women's Basketball Downs Louisiana Tech In Season Opener, 66-59
Senior point guard Tyria Snow scored a career-high 18 points as the Tulane University women's basketball team opened Devlin Fieldhouse in style with a 66-59 win over Louisiana Tech on Friday evening in the season opener for both teams.
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.
As a team, the Green Wave enter Saturday's showdown are averaging 70.5 points, 42.3 rebounds, 16.4 assists, 8.0 steals and 4.1 blocks per game. Junior guard Danielle Blagg leads four players averaging double figures offensively with 13.8 points per game while junior point guard Jamie Kaplan, freshman guard Leslie Vorpahl and junior forward Tiffany Dale follow with respective averages of 11.7, 10.7 and 10.4. Dale paces the team with 8.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game , and Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 6.7 assists per game. Junior wing Adesuwa Ebomwonyi holds team-high steal honors with 1.3 thefts per contest.
Louisiana Tech, meanwhile, comes to town 6-12 overall, 1-4 in Conference USA and fresh off a 64-63 league win over Florida Atlantic on Wednesday evening in Ruston, La.
As a team, the Lady Techsters are averaging 62.9 points, 40.9 rebounds, 13.2 assists, 7.3 steals and 2.6 blocks per contest. Whitney Frazier leads a balanced Louisiana Tech offensive attack with 15.1 points per game while Chrisstasia Walter, JaQuan Jackson and Lulu Perry follow with scoring average of 12.5, 11.6 and 10.2, respectively. Frazier also paces the team with 9.7 rebounds per game, Walter holds team-high honors with 5.5 assists and 3.1 steals per outing, and Veanca Hall headlines the defense with 0.6 blocked shots per contest.
Louisiana Tech is hitting 36.2 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 388-of-1071 attempts, including a 71-of-274 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.259) while allowing opponents to tally a 40.6 field goal percentage (444-of-1093) with a 29.1 performance from 3-point land (88-of-302). Lady Techsters' foes are averaging 67.6 points, 42.3 rebounds, 14.2 assists, 9.0 steals and 2.7 blocks per game.
Saturday's game marks the 11th time Tulane and Louisiana Tech will meet on the hardwood and the Lady Techsters hold a commanding 8-2 advantage in the all-time series. Both of the Green Wave's wins have come under Stockton - who is 2-4 against Louisiana Tech - as Tulane went to Ruston to post a 61-52 victory on Dec. 2, 2011, before opening the 2012-13 campaign with a 66-59 home win last Nov. 9.
The series dates back to the first season of Tulane women's hoops when Louisiana Tech earned a 99-52 victory on Feb. 22, 1977, in the LAIAW State Tournament in Ruston, La. The Green Wave are 1-3 against the Lady Techsters in New Orleans, with the losses coming via in a 92-62 ballgame on March 3, 1988, and a 78-72 contest on Dec. 17, 2010, in what is now Devlin Fieldhouse, and a 68-53 decision on Dec. 7, 2002, in the New Orleans Arena.
Following the Tulane/Louisiana Tech contest, the Green Wave return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 29, when they travel to Houston, Texas, to take on C-USA rival Rice at 7 p.m. in Tudor Fieldhouse. From there, the Tulane team will return to New Orleans for back-to-back home contests against UTEP on Feb. 1 and North Texas on Feb. 5.
For tickets to those games, 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).