Feb. 7, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to build on the momentum of a 56-55, come-from-behind win over North Texas in their last outing when the Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Feb. 8, when they travel to San Antonio, Texas, to take on Conference USA newcomer UTSA at 4 p.m.
With seven games left in the regular season, the Tulane is tied for second in the C-USA standings with a 7-2 conference record and sit at 16-6 for the year. Four of those games, however, will be play on the opponent's home court and Saturday's game against the Roadrunners is the first of a two-game road swing for the Green Wave.
Women's Hoops Rolls Over UTSA, 76-42, as Langford Sets Career Assist Record
The Tulane women's basketball team rebounded Friday with a 76-42 win over Texas-San Antonio in the Tulane DoubleTree Classic consolation game. Junior PG Ashley Langford set Tulane's career-assist mark, and led the Wave with 11 points and five assists. Sasha Staidum added a season-high 10 points, while freshman Brittany Lindsey also scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
As a team, the Green Wave head to San Antonio averaging 69.7 points, 41.9 rebounds, 16.3 assists, 8.6 steals and 4.0 blocks per game. Junior guard Danielle Blagg leads four players averaging double figures offensively with 12.1 points per game while junior point guard Jamie Kaplan, junior forward Tiffany Dale and freshman guard Leslie Vorpahl follow with respective averages of 11.8, 11.0 and 10.1. Dale paces the team with 8.1 rebounds per game each and Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 6.6 assists per contest. Junior wing Adesuwa Ebomwonyi headlines the defense with 1.4 steals per outing while Dale and sophomore center Chinwe Duru share team-high blocked shots honors with 1.4 swats per game each.
"In the last few games, our offense has been a bit stagnant," Stockton said. "We've got to get to where we're comfortable and work that inside-outside that we've been pretty good at.
"One key to our success is just having that balance. It's been having different players when one player is off, someone else can step up. Courtnie Latham was a huge factor in our North Texas win, and it's nice to see her with that kind of confidence. We're able to rely on a lot of different people, and that makes us a little tougher to defend."
UTSA, meanwhile, enters the weekend 11-10 overall, 2-6 in Conference USA and looking to snap a four-game skid after dropping consecutive contests to Middle Tennessee (60-41 on Jan. 22), UTEP (67-56 on Jan. 25), Louisiana Tech (71-50 on Feb. 1) and FIU (53-40 on Feb. 5).
As a team, the Roadrunners are averaging 59.9 points, 38.1 rebounds, 9.6 assists, 8.7 steals and 3.0 blocks per contest. Kamra King is one of two UTSA players averaging double figures offensively with 14.1 points per game while Miki Turner is next with an average of 10.0. McKenzie Adams, who has been limited to 11 games this season, paces the Roadrunners with 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, Turner leads the squad with 3.1 assists per outing, and King headlines the defense with 2.1 steals per contest.
UTSA is hitting 36.2 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 423-of-1168 attempts, including an 80-of-326 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.245) while allowing opponents to tally a 38.8 field goal percentage (449-of-1156) with a 30.1 performance from 3-point land (82-of-272). Roadrunners' foes are averaging 62.7 points, 39.4 rebounds, 11.4 assists, 6.4 steals and 3.4 blocks per game.
"I think they're really going to try and stall our game out a lot," Stockton said on the Saturday's matchup. "They give you a lot of zone pressure, pressure up on the ball and try to make fewer possessions in the game. We have to come out and be aggressive offensively. That'll probably be the key to the game - our offensive output."
Saturday's game marks the fourth meeting between Tulane and UTSA on the hardwood, and the Green Wave trail in the all-time series, 1-2. Tulane is 1-0 against the Roadrunners under Stockton as the Wave posted a 76-42 win back on Dec. 21, 2007, in the consolation game of that season's Tulane/DoubleTree Classic.
The Tulane/UTSA series dates back to Jan. 31, 1987, when the Green Wave dropped a 69-66 overtime contest in what is now Devlin Feildhouse. The only other meeting between the two programs came on Feb. 16, 1991, when the Roadrunners left New Orleans with a 98-93 overtime victory.
Saturday's game in San Antonio, Texas, will not only mark the first time the two teams will play on the Roadrunners' home court, but also the first-ever contest between the two programs as fellow members of Conference USA.
Following the game at UTSA, Tulane will play at FAU on Feb. 12 before returning home to take on FIU on Saturday, Feb. 15. Tipoff for that contest is slated for 2 p.m. 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).