Feb. 3, 2000
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tulane tries to stay ahead of Memphis in the National Division of Conference USA on Thursday night when it hosts DePaul in an interdivision game.
The 22nd-ranked Green Wave (18-2, 7-2 C-USA National) lead the Tigers by one game. They trail Marquette by one game for the best record in the conference. DePaul (13-7, 6-3 American) is tied with Louisville for second place in the American Division, two games behind the Golden Eagles.
Tulane has won four straight games since its two losses and is coming off a 78-68 victory at UNC Charlotte on Sunday. Janell Burse had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Green Wave, who hit 17-of-21 free throws in the second half.
Grace Daley, who had just six points in the win, is four shy of 2,000 for her career. She is 84 points behind Stacey Gaudet for first place on the school's all-time list. Daley is averaging 22 points per game while Burse is contributing 18.7 per contest.
The Blue Demons kick off what could be a make-or-break four-game road trip with this contest. They are coming off a 79-74 win over South Florida behind 14 points from Molly Watson and 13 from Laura Sobieszczyk. DePaul, however, did lose guard and leading scorer Lenae Williams to an ankle injury early in the contest.
Not having Williams, who averages 20.3 points, severely hinders DePaul's chances of an upset. She has made 37.6 percent of her 3-point shots (70-for-186) and is third in the nation in 3-pointers made per game.
Daley scored 25 points last season in an 81-72 victory at DePaul. Anne McDonald scored 21 to lead the Blue Demons.