Feb. 2, 2007
HOUSTON, TEXAS - The Tulane women's basketball team looks for its seventh-straight victory Saturday at 5 p.m. at Rice. Tulane (18-4, 7-2 C-USA) has won six in a row and sits tied atop the Conference USA standings. Nikki Luckhurst led Tulane Thursday with 20 points in the Wave's 71-56 win at Houston.
Series history: Tied, 7-7
Rice has won the last three, including 61-52 at Fogelman Arena, Jan. 7
Wave Approaches Top 25
Tulane is receiving votes in this week's polls with four points (T-37th) in the AP. Tulane is 51st in the RPI (CollegeRPI.com, 2/1).
Going For Seven:
Tulane is riding its second six-game win streak of the season (also Dec 3-Dec 30). Tulane has won seven straight 11 times ever.
Montagnino Joins 1,000-Point Club
Senior guard Jami Montagnino sits at exactly 1,000 for her career. She is the 18th Tulane player to hit the mark.
With 8.8 assists per game in her last four games, Ashley Langford is now third in the NCAA in APG with 6.57. She tied her own Tulane record for assists in a game with 14 helpers against UTEP. She is averaging 7.78 APG in Conference USA games. 18-4 Best Season Thus Far Since...
Tulane was 19-2 through 21 games in 1999-2000 (one of Tulane's nine NCAA Tournament seasons).
First Place in Cluster-USA
Entering Friday's action, five teams were clustered within a game of the C-USA lead: Tulane, UAB and Marshall are in a tie for first at 7-2, with Rice and UTEP at 6-3.
The Nation's Best Shooter?
Jami Montagnino is ninth in both free throw percentage (.900) and third in three-point FG% (.480) in the latest NCAA rankings. She's the only player in the country in the NCAA rankings in those two categories and field goal percentage (84th, .496).
Is it Luck?
Nikki Luckhurst hit for a season-high 20 points at Houston Friday, including four three pointers. At one point, she scored 10 straight points as Tulane closed the first half with a 12-2 run.
Senior guard D'Aundra Henry is 43rd in the NCAA in steals and ranks fourth all-time at Tulane. She needs five more to move into third all-time as she sits at 228 career steals. Jami's J's
In nine C-USA games, Jami Montagnino is averaging 18.3 points (56-of-108, .519 FG%) while shooting 26-of-49 (.531) from three-point range. She's also averaging 4.4 rebounds per game.
Tulane is shooting .400 (50-of-125) from three-point land in C-USA action, led by Jami Montagnino at .531 (26-of-49).
Tulane has seen four players in double-figure scoring seven times and had nine different score 10+ points in a game this season.
Career Nights For `Nique
Junior forward Dominique Philpots dominated inside against Houston with her first career double-double (12 pts, 11 rebs).Against Rice, she grabbed 11 boards again with four blocks.
Tulane is 11th in the NCAA in steals, averaging 12.5 per game. D'Aundra Henry (43rd, 2.7) and Ashley Langford (60th, 2.5) both rank individually. The Green Wave recorded 21 steals against Loyola, the third-most ever in a game for Tulane.
Ashley Langford owns the top two single-season assist marks at Tulane. Last season, she earned Freshman All-American honors with 171 assists, leading all NCAA freshmen. She has 142 this season through 22 games, with three 10+ assist games this season.
Jennifer Sands scored 21 points with nine boards at Tulsa in her return from an indefinite suspension (violating team policy). She's averaging 9.4 PPG and 5.4 RPG in her five games back. Sands is also five-of-seven on the season from three-point range (.714).
Jami Montagnino (81-for-90, .900 - ninth in NCAA) and Ashley Langford (80-of-94, .851 - 41st NCAA) have been close to automatic from the free throw line this season. Langford is Tulane's career leader (.865, 166-192) with Montagnino second (.857, 222-259).
Smothered by the Wave
Tulane has held eight teams to 61 points or less this season and became the third team to hold LSU under 60 points since 2005-06 started (joining No. 4 Duke, and No. 7 Connecticut).
Tulane's NCAA Tournament Tradition under Coach Stockton
Tulane has nine NCAA Tournament appearances in 12 seasons, all under Stockton, Conference USA's winningest coach.
Conference USA Champions
Tulane seeks its fifth C-USA title, having won the Tournament in `97, `99, 2000 and `01; and regular season crown in 1997 and `99.