Jan. 27, 2000
AP - No. 22 Tulane looks for its 11th straight home win Friday when it takes on a Saint Louis team that has never beaten it.
The Green Wave (16-2, 4-2 C-USA) capped their 2-2 swing Sunday with an 84-78 win against last-place South Florida, but they needed to overcome a 17-point deficit over the final 11 minutes to pull out the victory.
The trip began with back-to-back losses at Cincinnati and Louisville before the team rebounded with a 92-74 decision over Houston last Friday.
Despite their recent troubles, Tulane still owns the best overall record in Conference USA and holds a one-game lead over Memphis and UAB for first place in the National Division.
The Green Wave bring a 10-game home-winning streak into Friday's contest and own an all-time record of 6-0 against Saint Louis.
Star guard Grace Daley was among those struggling Sunday, managing just 12 points in 35 minutes. The Preseason C-USA Player of the Year still ranks third in the nation in scoring at 23.1 points per game.
With Daley unable to find open shots, Janell Burse stepped up, scoring nine of her 19 points in a 21-3 second-half run that permanently turned the game in Tulane's favor.
Burse ranks among the country's top 40 in scoring and rebounding, averaging 18.7 points and 10.4 boards.
The Billikens (8-10, 1-6) hope to avoid going winless on their three-game road trip. They suffered a 61-56 loss at Cincinnati on Sunday after losing Thursday in Louisville, 66-58.
Overall, Saint Louis has lost four in a row and seven of its last eight.