Sophomore center Chinwe Duru and the Green Wave open the second half of the Conference USA schedule on Wednesday when they play host to league newcomer North Texas at 7 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Feb. 4, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to return to its winning ways and open the second half of the Conference USA slate on a high note when the Green Wave play host to league newcomer North Texas on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse.
The Green Wave enter the game against the Mean Green, 15-6 on the year, 6-2 in C-USA action and looking to bounce back from an 86-72 home loss to UTEP on Saturday afternoon. Tulane's league record has the team tied for second in the conference standings to date, and playing C-USA newcomers has been kind to the Green Wave as they are 2-0 against teams which joined the league for the 2013-14 campaign.
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Women's Basketball Rallies To Down North Texas, 73-62
Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins scored a game-high 23 points and sophomore guard Danielle Blagg came off the bench to drain a season-best five 3-pointers as the Tulane University women's basketball team rallied to defeat North Texas, 73-62, on Saturday afternoon in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Wednesday's Tulane/North Texas contest will be broadcast live on the flagship radio station of Green Wave women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and live video streaming is available on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats are provided on the web for free via GameTracker.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 70.4 points, 41.9 rebounds, 16.5 assists, 8.2 steals and 4.0 blocks per game. Junior guard Danielle Blagg leads four players averaging double figures offensively with 12.7 points per game while junior point guard Jamie Kaplan, junior forward Tiffany Dale and freshman guard Leslie Vorpahl follow with respective averages of 11.9, 11.1 and 10.1. Dale paces the team with 8.4 rebounds per game each and Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 6.7 assists per contest. Junior wing Adesuwa Ebomwonyi holds team-high steal honors with 1.3 thefts per outing while sophomore center Chinwe Duru paces the squad with 1.4 blocks per game.
Tulane is connecting at a .417 clip from the field, hitting 511-of-1226 shots from the floor, and 111-of-319 tries from beyond the 3-point arc (.348), while allowing opponents to shoot .380 overall (473-of-1246) and .292 from 3-point land (114-of-391). Green Wave foes are averaging 62.9 points, 37.5 rebounds, 13.5 assists, 7.9 steals and 2.8 blocks per game so far in 2013-14.
North Texas, meanwhile, comes to town 9-12 overall, 3-5 in Conference USA and looking to build on the momentum of a 66-58 win over UAB on Saturday in Denton, Texas.
As a team, the Mean Green are averaging 66.0 points, 41.2 rebounds, 10.5 assists, 8.0 steals and 1.7 blocks per contest. Briesha Wynn is one of two North Texas players averaging double figures offensively with 10.9 points per game while Alexis Hyder is next with an average of 10.7. Acheil Tac paces the Mean Green with 6.7 rebounds per game and Janis Peterson has a team-best 0.5 blocks per contest. Candice Adams leads the offense with 2.0 assists per game while Wynn headlines the defense with 1.4 steals per outing.
North Texas is hitting 38.9 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 506-of-1300 attempts, including a 102-of-365 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.279) while allowing opponents to tally a 38.7 field goal percentage (476-of-1230) with a 30.3 performance from 3-point land (127-of-419). Mean Green foes are averaging 67.2 points, 40.5 rebounds, 11.7 assists, 7.9 steals and 2.7 blocks per game.
Wednesday's game marks the fifth meeting between Tulane and North Texas on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold a 4-0 lead in the all-time series. Tulane is 2-0 against North Texas under head coach Lisa Stockton with both of those games came in the last two seasons.
The Tulane/North Texas series dates back to Dec. 6, 1979, when the Green Wave won an 84-44 contest in what is now Devlin Fieldhouse and are 3-0 against the Mean Green in New Orleans. The two teams met again on Jan. 12, 1981 - when Tulane claimed an 84-68 home victory - and the series took an extended hiatus until Dec. 9, 2011, when the Green Wave traveled to Denton, Texas, to post a 55-47 win.
In the last head-to-head matchup, Tulane downed the Mean Green, 73-62, on Dec. 22, 2012, in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Following the game against the Mean Green, Tulane returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 8, when they travel to San Antonio, Texas, to face new league foe UTSA at 4 p.m. From there, Tulane will play at FAU on Wednesday, Feb. 12, before returning to Devlin Fieldhouse to play host to FIU on Feb. 15.
For tickets to that game, as well as future Green Wave Athletics events, contact the Tulane Ticket Office. The ticket office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson Jr. Center, and fans can also order tickets on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com or by calling (504) 861-WAVE (9283).
A Little Lagniappe: Any Green Wave fans attending the Tulane Football Signing Day Party, which is slated for 5 p.m. at City Diner in the basement of the Lavin-Bernick Center, will receive a complimentary ticket to Wednesday's women's basketball game between Tulane and North Texas. The Green Wave sand volleyball, swimming and diving, and track and field teams will be recognized during the game, and members of the baseball team will be on hand to distribute tickets to fans that renewed season tickets for the upcoming 2014 season. In addition, the Pocket Aces Brass Band will perform in Devlin Fieldhouse throughout the GreenWave/Mean Green contest.