Women's Basketball To Host C-USA Rival Rice On Thursday

Sophomore forward Tiffany Dale and the Green Wave return on Thursday when they play host to Conference USA rival Rice at 7 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse.

Sophomore forward Tiffany Dale and the Green Wave return on Thursday when they play host to Conference USA rival Rice at 7 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse.

Feb. 13, 2013

Tulane Game Notes
Rice Game Notes

NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 14, when the Green Wave play host to Conference USA rival Rice in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tipoff for that ballgame is schedule for 7 p.m.

Tulane enters the 17-5 overall, 6-3 in Conference USA play and looking to bounce back from a 67-65 league loss to Tulsa on Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma. Thursday's game will be broadcast live on the flagship radio station of Tulane basketball, The Ticket 106.1 FM, while live audio and video streaming is available on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats are available for free on the Internet via GameTracker.

The Last Meeting
January 17, 2013
Houston, Texas
Women's Basketball Posts 69-65 C-USA Win At Rice To Remain Perfect On Road
Senior wing Janique Kautsky led three Green Wave players in double figures with a career-high 17 points as the Tulane University women's basketball team defeated Conference USA foe Rice, 69-65 on Thursday evening in Tudor Fieldhouse.

As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 66.9 points, 41.2 rebounds, 16.7 assists, 9.6 steals and 4.9 blocks per game. Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins leads the Tulane offense with 13.2 points per game while sophomore guard Danielle Blagg and senior guard Olivia Grayson follow with respective scoring averages of 10.6 and 9.0. Sophomore forward Tiffany Dale paces the squad with 6.8 boards per game to go with a team-best 38 blocked shots, Grayson headlines the defense with 43 steals, and sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 91 assists.

Tulane is connecting at a .406 clip from the field, hitting 532-of-1309 shots from the floor, and 117-of-343 tries from beyond the 3-point arc (.341), while allowing opponents to shoot .369 overall (474-of-1283) and .289 from 3-point land (108-of-374). Green Wave foes are averaging 59.0 points, 37.0 rebounds, 12.6 assists, 9.0 steals and 3.1 blocks so far in 2012-13.



Rice, meanwhile, comes to town 10-12 on the year, 2-7 in C-USA play and, like Tulane, aiming to rebound from a two-point loss after dropping a 53-51 contest to cross-town rival Houston on Sunday at Tudor Fieldhouse.

As a team, the Owls are averaging 57.0 points, 45.2 rebounds, 12.1 assists, 5.7 steals and 3.7 blocks per contest. Jessica Kuster leads Rice in scoring and rebounding with 18.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game to go with a team-high 35 blocked shots and 24 steals. Megan Palmer and Christal Porter rank second and third offensively with scoring averages of 10.3 and 6.5, respectively. Nakachi Naduka leads the Owls with 54 assists.

Rice is hitting 35.5 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 460-of-1297 attempts, including a 63-of-259 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.243) while allowing opponents to tally a 37.9 field goal percentage (535-of-1412) with a 26.6 performance from 3-point land (83-of-312). Owl foes are averaging 61.9 points, 40.8 rebounds, 12.3 assists, 10.8 steals and 3.1 blocks per game.

Thursday's game marks the 28th meeting between Tulane and Rice on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold a slight 15-12 advantage in the all-time series. Tulane is 10-8 against Rice under head coach Lisa Stockton, and nine of those victories came since the Owls joined Conference USA prior to the 2005-06 season.

The Tulane/Rice series dates back to Dec. 2, 1980 when the Green Wave posted a 73-53 road win over the Owls. Tulane is 7-5 against Rice in New Orleans, including a 50-47 overtime decision the last time the two teams squared off in then-Fogelman Arena (since renovated and renamed Devlin Fieldhouse) on Feb. 16, 2012.

That game is the first of a two-game winning streak for the Green Wave against the Owls as Tulane won the first meeting during the 2012-13 regular season, 69-65, back on Jan. 17, in Houston.

The Tulane/Rice contest is the first of a two-game homestand as the Green Wave 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.