Feb. 1, 2013
HOUSTON - The Tulane University women's basketball team will put its perfect record away from home on the line on Saturday, Feb. 2, when the Green Wave take on Conference USA foe Houston in Hofheinz Pavilion. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.
Following Thursday's night's 57-55 win at UCF, the Green Wave head to The Lone Star State a perfect 8-0 outside the city of New Orleans after going 6-0 in road contests and 2-0 in neutral-site ballgames. Tulane and Houston have a history that dates back to the 1978-79 season and the Green Wave have won the last three ballgames dating back to a semifinal win in the 2011 C-USA Championship which saw Tulane eliminate the then-nationally ranked Cougars from the league tournament.
Benzio Makes History As Women's Basketball Downs Houston, 71-43
Green Wave center Brett Benzio had a "Senior Night" for the record book as the four-year starter scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help lead the Tulane University women's basketball team to a 71-43 thumping of Conference USA foe Houston in the regular-season finale for both teams on Thursday evening in Fogelman Arena.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the flagship radio state of Tulane basketball, The Ticket 106.1 FM, and both live audio and video streaming are available on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats will be provided on the web for free via GameTracker.
Tulane heads to Houston 15-4 overall and 4-2 in Conference USA play. As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 67.2 points, 41.5 rebounds, 17.1 assists, 9.5 steals and 4.9 blocks per game.
Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins leads the Tulane offense with 13.1 points per game while sophomore guard Danielle Blagg and senior guard Olivia Grayson follow with respective scoring averages of 10.4 and 8.8. Sophomore forward Tiffany Dale paces the squad with 6.1 boards per game to go with a team-best 28 blocked shots, Grayson headlines the defense with 37 steals, and sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 80 assists.
Houston, meanwhile, enters Saturday's ballgame 9-10 on the year, 3-3 in Conference USA play and looking to snap a two-game skid after dropping a 65-54 home game to UTEP on Jan. 27 and a 58-54 road contest to SMU on Jan. 31.
As a team, the Cougars are averaging 65.4 points, 41.9 rebounds, 11.5 assists, 10.5 steals and 4.3 blocks per contest. Porsche Landry leads Houston in scoring with 16.9 points per game while Marissa Ashton and Yasmee Thompson follow with averages of 9.1 and 8.4, respectively. Thompson has a team-high 8.8 rebounds per outing and headlines the defense with 28 blocked shots. Landry paces the squad with 87 assists and Te'onna Campbell holds high-water marks in steals with 57 steals.
Houston is hitting 37.4 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 452-of-1210 attempts, including an 88-of-336 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.262) while allowing opponents to tally a 27.6 field goal percentage (446-of-1185) with a 31.3 performance from 3-point land (98-of-313. Cougar foes are averaging 65.2 points, 43.9 rebounds, 12.2 assists, 9.1 steals and 3.7 blocks per game.
Sunday's game marks the 33rd meeting between Tulane and Houston on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold a 20-12 advantage in the all-time series. The Wave are 19-11 against the Cougars under Stockton and all of those games have come since the Cougars joined Conference USA prior to the 1996-97 season.
The Tulane/Houston series dates back to March 7, 1979, when the Cougars earned a 65-57 win in the SWAIAW Regional Tournament. The Green Wave are 8-6 against the Cougars in Hofheinz Pavilion, including a 71-51 last Feb. 9 in the first of two regular-season meetings during the 2011-12 season. Houston's last win against the Green Wave came on March 5, 2011, when the Cougars came away with a 90-84 overtime victory in Hofheinz Pavilion.
Following the game at Houston, the Green Wave return to action on Thursday, Feb. 7, when they play host to UTEP at 7 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. 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.