Feb. 11, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - The Green Wave women's basketball team can continue its climb up the C-USA standings Thursday as Tulane takes on Houston at Hofheinz Pavilion at 7 p.m. The Green Wave sit one game back of Houston for third place in Conference USA after winning three in a row and four out of five games. Ashley Langford will go for her 1,000th career point.
Langford, the senior point guard, has averaged eight points and seven assists per game in Tulane's three-game winning streak. She enters Thursday's game at Houston with 994 career points and can become the 20th member of Tulane's 1,000-point club.
Tulane is 14-10 overall on the season, 6-4 in C-USA, while Houston checks in at 15-7 overall and 7-3 in C-USA. The Green Wave are seeking revenge for the Cougars 58-56 win at Fogelman Arena, a game in which Houston erased an 18-point lead with 16 minutes remaining and won on a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds to go.
Freshman center Brett Benzio posted 19 points and 11 rebounds with seven blocked shots. In the first match-up, on January 9, while Brittany Lindsey added 11 points, five rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Tulane led that game 45-28 with over 16 minutes left, but over the following 7:42 Houston embarked on an 18-0 run to tie the game. Tied at 56, the Green Wave were called for a foul in the waning seconds and Courtney Taylor's free throws with 1.9 left gave the Cougars the 58-56 win.
Since that game, Tulane's offense has got going, scoring more than 56 points seven times in eight games and averaging 65.4 points per contest.
Following Thursday's game, Tulane remains in the city of Houston for a game at Rice's new Tudor Fieldhouse on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Tulane vs Houston
The Green Wave are 17-7 all-time vs Houston. Tulane is seeking revenge for a 58-56 loss at Fogelman Arena in which the Cougars erased an 18-point deficit.
Rolling Pink Wave
Tulane is now 1-0 all-time in pink jerseys following a 72-69 win over East Carolina Sunday in Tulane's Pink Zone game. The hero was junior Indira Kaljo with 23 pts (More below)
Indira's Near and Dear
Indira Kaljo was the story Sunday, scoring 23 points on 6-of-7 from three-point range, including the game-winning trey with 0.1 seconds left. Kaljo, who lost her mom Almadina to breast cancer, turned in an emotional performance on a day devoted to victims of breast cancer.
Indira From Deep, the Rookie of the Week
Kaljo connected on 11-of-15 (.733) from three-point range on the week, adding a 5-of-8 from three against Marshall for 22 points. Conference USA named her the Rookie of the Week after averaging 22.5 PPG.
Tulane has forced 107 turnovers in the last four games and lead C-USA play in turnover margin, and takeaways with 200 forced turnovers (22.2/G)
Tulane leads C-USA in scoring defense (60.0 PPG). In 20 of Tulane's 24 games, the Wave have held opponents to 70 points or less in regulation. Only #18 Arizona State, #23 Georgia Tech, South Florida (the nation's highest scoring team) and UTEP reached over 66 in 40 minutes.
Getting More Defensive
The Green Wave are holding teams to just 50.0 PPG in their last five games. In seven of Tulane's 10 conference games, the Wave have held opponents under 60 points. Four teams have been held under 52 points.
Tulane is averaging 12.1 steals in C-USA play, leading the league in C-USA action, and up from the 7.7 the Green Wave ripped in non-conference play.
Creeping Towards 1,000
Senior PG Ashley Langford is just six points away from becoming the 20th player in Green Wave history to record 1,000 career points.
Led By Lindsey
Brittany Lindsey has reached double-figures in scoring in 20 of 24 games this season. She leads the Green Wave in scoring at 12.0 PPG. Lindsey scored 15 points and turned in a season-best nine rebounds against SMU.
Lifted by Langford
Ashley Langford picked up her 200th career steal against SMU and ranks sixth in school history in steals with 217. Earlier this season, she tied a Tulane record with eight steals against Temple and added seven against UAB.
Tulane is 12-0 this season when the Green Wave connect on a field goal percentage of 40.5 or higher.
Benzio's Boardin' as Top Rebounding Freshman
Brett Benzio's 9.8 rebounds per game leads all NCAA freshmen. She ranks fourth in C-USA in RPG. She's reached double-figures in rebounding in 13 of 24 games. She was the lone freshman in Division I averaging a double-double (10.0 PPG/10.4 RPG) before coming down with mono prior to Jan. 18's game vs UTEP. Since then, she has averaged 6.3 PPG and 7.8 RPG
Ashley Langford is now the undisputed holder of second place on the Conference USA all-time assist list with 676 in 112 games. She recorded her 10th career game with double-digit assists, handing out 10 in Tulane's win over Nicholls State.
Out Shoot `Em
Tulane is 22-2 dating back to last season when connecting at a higher field goal percentage than its opponent, 12-2 this year. Tulane outshot USF and Houston, but each time shot under 50% FT in a loss. Tulane is just 7-22 (2-8 this year) when posting a lower FG percentage (1-0 same).
Next Up: Tulane at Rice
The Wave take on the Rice Owls Saturday at 2 p.m