Feb. 9, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to win its fourth consecutive ballgame and remain perfect away from home when the Green Wave travel to Oklahoma to take on Conference USA foe Tulsa on Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Sunday's game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and will be televised live on the Fox Sports Network. Heading to Tulsa with a 17-4 overall record and a 6-2 league mark, the Green Wave have an opportunity to tie a school record for consecutive non-home game wins as Tulane is currently 9-0 away from the Devlin Fieldhouse (7-0 in road games, 2-0 on a neutral court).
Turnovers Costly As Women's Basketball Falls To Tulsa, 72-59
Junior guard Olivia Grayson scored 17 points, pulled down seven rebounds and handed out five assists, but it was not enough as the Tulane University women's basketball team dropped a 72-59 decision to Conference USA foe Tulsa on Thursday evening in Fogelman Arena.
In addition to the television coverage, the game will be broadcast on the flagship radio state of Tulane Basketball, The Ticket 106.1 FM, and live audio streaming is available on the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. Live stats will also be provided for free on the web via GameTracker.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 67.0 points, 41.5 rebounds, 16.9 assists, 9.5 steals and 4.9 blocks per game. Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins leads the Tulane offense with 12.7 points per game while sophomore guard Danielle Blagg and senior guard Olivia Grayson follow with respective scoring averages of 10.5 and 9.2. Sophomore forward Tiffany Dale paces the squad with 6.6 boards per game to go with a team-best 33 blocked shots, Grayson headlines the defense with 41 steals, and sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 89 assists.
"I think we're playing well as a team," Stockton said. "That's what we have to talk about. It's not that one player is leading us or one part of game is so key...I think we're a balanced team and a well-rounded team."
Tulsa, meanwhile, enters Sunday's contest 8-13 on the year, 3-5 in Conference USA play and fresh off a 78-56 victory over Southern Miss last Sunday in Hattiesburg, Miss.
As a team, the Golden Hurricane are averaging 62.3 points, 40.2 rebounds, 12.8 assists, 9.9 steals and 2.1 blocks per contest. Taleya Mayberry leads Tulsa in scoring with 18.4 points per game while Kelsee Grovey and Tiffani Couisnard follow with averages of 9.7 and 8.3, respectively. Couisnard has a team-high 8.8 rebounds per outing and headlines the defense with 22 blocked shots. In addition to her team-best scoring average, Mayberry also leads the squad with 80 assists and 51 steals.
Tulsa is hitting 36.8 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 471-of-1281 attempts, including a 105-of-357 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.294) while allowing opponents to tally a 39.6 field goal percentage (480-of-1211) with a 27.6 performance from 3-point land (89-of-322). Golden Hurricane foes are averaging 61.6 points, 40.8 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 8.7 steals and 4.0 blocks per game.
Sunday's game marks 17th meeting between Tulane and Tulsa on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold an 11-5 advantage in the all-time series. Tulane is 10-5 against Tulsa under Stockton, and all of those games have come since the Golden Hurricane joined C-USA for the 2005-06 season.
The series with Tulsa dates back to a 49-44 road win on Jan. 6, 1987. Tulane is 6-2 against the Golden Hurricane in Tulsa and have won the last four head-to-head matchups between the two teams in the Reynolds Center. The last time Tulsa defeated Tulane on its own court came back on Feb. 31, 2008, when the Hurricane earned a 64-56 victory.
Last season, Tulane and Tulsa split the regular-season series as the Green Wave claimed a 66-51 win on Jan. 22 in Tulsa while the Golden Hurricane posted a 72-59 decision on Feb. 23 in then-Fogelman Arena.
"We're obviously happy with where we're at right now, but we're not satisfied," Grayson added. "We're always looking to make it better and always looking to take it to that next level."
Following the trip to Tulsa, the Green Wave return to action on Thursday, Feb. 14, when they play host to Rice at 7 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. The game against the Owls is the first of two home contests for Tulane, which will take on Houston on Sunday with tipoff slated for 2 p.m.
For tickets to those games, 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.
WHERE TO WATCH: The Tulane/Tulsa game will be aired throughout Louisiana and Texas on Fox Sports Southwest. Fans in the New Orleans area can find that station on Cox Communications channels 38 (SD) and 1038 (HD), on DirecTV channel 678 (SD & HD), on Dish Network channel 420 (SD & HD), and AT&T U-verse on channels 755 (SD) and 1755 (HD).