Jan. 30, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to remain perfect away from home and improve on a 14-4 overall record as the Green Wave open a two-game road trip on Thursday, Jan. 31, when they travel to Orlando, Fla., to take on Conference USA foe UCF at 6 p.m. (CST).
Tulane is a perfect 7-0 in games away from New Orleans, a streak which ranks tied for the second-longest outside of the city in school history. The game at UCF is the first of two road contests for the Green Wave, who will head to The Lone Star State for a Saturday showdown at the University of Houston.
Women's Basketball Downs C-USA foe UCF, 64-52
Junior guard Tyria Snow had a career-high 13 points and senior center Brett Benzio pulled down a game-best 11 rebounds as the Tulane University women's basketball team defeated Conference USA foe UCF, 64-52, on Sunday afternoon in Fogelman Arena.
Tulane heads to Orlando 3-2 in Conference USA play and looking to bounce back from a 55-52 loss to league foe East Carolina last Sunday in Devlin Fieldhouse. As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 67.7 points, 41.5 rebounds, 17.6 assists, 9.4 steals and 5.1 blocks per game.
Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins leads the Tulane offense with 12.9 points per game while sophomore guard Danielle Blagg and senior guard Olivia Grayson follow with respective scoring averages of 10.4 and 9.2. Grayson and sophomore forward Tiffany Dale share team-high rebounding honors with 6.1 boards per game each, Dale headlines the defense with 28 blocked shots and Grayson has a squad-best 36 steals. Sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 76 assists.
UCF, meanwhile, enters Thursday's ballgame 7-12 on the year, 1-4 in Conference USA play and fresh off 70-65 win over Memphis on Jan. 27 at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse in Tennessee.
As a team, the Knights are averaging 57.7 points, 37.4 rebounds, 11.7 assists, 11.6 steals and 3.9 blocks per contest. Briahanna Jackson leads UCF in scoring with 14.4 points per game while Gevenia Carter and Erika Jones follow with averages of 13.2 and 7.1, respectively. Jones has a team-high 7.7 rebounds per outing, Jackson paces the defense with 61 steals and Carter headlines the offense with 58 assists. Stephanie Taylor paces the Knights with 30 blocked shots.
UCF is hitting 34.5 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 401-of-1162 attempts, including an 85-of-323 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.263) while allowing opponents to tally a 39.8 field goal percentage (433-of-1089) with a 29.0 performance from 3-point land (84-of-290). Knight foes are averaging 61.7 points, 43.5 rebounds, 12.2 assists, 8.8 steals and 3.5 blocks per game.
Thursday's game marks the 14th meeting between Tulane and UCF on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold a slim 7-6 lead in the all-time series. Tulane is 6-4 against UCF under 19th-year head coach Lisa Stockton with all of those games coming since the Knights joined Conference USA for the 2005-06 season.
The Green Wave won the last head-to-head matchup with a 64-52 win in then-Fogelman Arena on Jan. 8, 2012, but the Knights won the previous two after claiming a 73-69 overtime decision on Feb. 17, 2011, in Orlando, Fla., and earning an 85-73 victory in the C-USA Championship game on March 12, 2011, in El Paso, Texas.
Tulane is just 1-4 all-time against UCF in Orlando with the lone win coming on March 9, 2010, when Tulane rallied from behind for a 72-70 win en route to winning the C-USA title. The Wave lost at UCF 63-61 on Feb. 8, 1985, 60-52 on Jan. 13, 2006, and 77-71 on Feb. 22, 2008, before the 2011 overtime decision.
Following Saturday's game at Houston, Tulane returns to Devlin Fieldhouse on Feb. 7 when they play host to UTEP. For tickets that game, as well as future Green Wave events, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive, and tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.