Women's Basketball To Host FIU In Annual Play 4Kay Contest

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Junior point guard Jamie Kaplan and the Green Wave will play the annual Play 4Kay contest on Saturday against Conference USA newcomer FIU.
Junior point guard Jamie Kaplan and the Green Wave will play the annual Play 4Kay contest on Saturday against Conference USA newcomer FIU.

Feb. 14, 2014

Video Interview With Coach Stockton
Coach Stockton's Comments Heading Into Saturday's Play 4Kay Contest vs FIU
Tulane Game Notes
FIU Game Notes
Conference USA Notes

NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to keep a good thing going over the weekend as the Green Wave play host to Conference USA newcomer FIU on Saturday, Feb. 15, in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m., and will be the Wave's annual "Play 4Kay" contest as part of a cooperative effort nationwide of college women's basketball coaches raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campus, in communities and beyond.

The Last Meeting
Florida International64
November 25, 2006
Miami, FL
Tulane Women's Basketball Takes FIU Classic Over Host, 69-64
The Tulane women's basketball team used a 26-9 run to start the second half and held off a late charge from FIU to earn a 69-64 victory in the championship game of the Florida International University Thanksgiving Classic Saturday at Pharmed Arena. Senior guard Jami Montagnino scored 12 of her 17 points in the second half, and D'Aundra Henry added 14 points and five rebounds and four steals to be named MVP.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund will continue to be the official charity of the initiative. Fans attending Saturday's game are encouraged to wear pink to show their support for survivors as well as those who have lost their battle with breast cancer. Donations will be accepted for commemorative Play 4Kay t-shirts and cupcakes will be on sale with all proceeds going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The fund is named in honor of former North Carolina State head women's basketball coach Kay Yow, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and passed away on Jan. 24, 2009, following her third bout with the disease.

"It's great to see how far it has come," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton on the Play 4Kay movement. "You look back over the years where it was just an idea. Now, all of these teams have bought into it and it's really a special recognition and a fundraiser. I knew Kay Yow. I grew up at her camps. She was tremendously courageous in how she handled breast cancer and how much she used that to fight for a cure. She really spent most of her life doing that.

"It has come a long way. It's nice to put a name with it. It used to be `Think Pink' and it's nice to put the name of someone who did a lot to promote the search for a cure and to look for answers. For me personally, having known Kay, this game will always be special."



The Tulane/FIU contest will be broadcast on the flagship radio station of Tulane 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 will be provided on the web for free via GameTracker.

Tulane enters the ballgame 18-6 on the year, 9-2 in Conference USA action and riding the crest of a three-game winning streak after rallying late for 56-55 win over North Texas on Feb. 5 in New Orleans and posting consecutive road wins at UTSA (68-54 on Feb. 8) and Florida Atlantic (74-62 on Feb. 12).

As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 69.8 points, 41.8 rebounds, 16.5 assists, 8.5 steals and 4.0 blocks per game. Junior guard Danielle Blagg leads a balanced offense with 12.0 points per game while junior point guard Jamie Kaplan, junior forward Tiffany Dale and freshman guard Leslie Vorpahl follow with respective averages of 11.6, 11.3 and 10.0. Dale paces the team with 8.0 rebounds per game each and Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 6.7 assists per contest. Junior wing Adesuwa Ebomwonyi headlines the defense with 1.4 steals per outing while Dale leads the unit with 1.5 blocked shots per contest.

Tulane is connecting at a .417 clip from the field, hitting 587-of-1407 shots from the floor, and 125-of-377 tries from beyond the 3-point arc (.332), while allowing opponents to shoot .380 overall (537-of-1415) and .288 from 3-point land (129-of-448). Green Wave foes are averaging 62.1 points, 36.9 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 8.1 steals and 2.9 blocks per game so far in 2013-14.

"For us, I think we need to stay within our game," Stockton said. "One way that we're strong is we take advantage of what we can, whether it's inside or outside, our zone defense or our man defense. I think we've got a full game. We've really challenged our team to look at these games and really give us a different energy than we had at the beginning of the conference season. I think we've had that, especially in our last two games."

FIU, meanwhile, comes to town 11-12 overall, 5-5 in Conference USA and looking to snap a two-game losing skid after dropping an 83-62 contest at UTEP on Feb. 8 and falling at home to Middle Tennessee, 65-58, on Wednesday night.

As a team, the Panthers are averaging 68.1 points, 41.6 rebounds, 10.6 assists, 5.4 steals and 3.5 blocks per contest. Jerica Coley not only leads FIU but also ranks second nationally in scoring with a 28.9 point-per-game average while Taylor Shade and Tyria McKinzie follow on the squad with respective marks of 8.9 and 8.1. Coley also paces the Panthers with 4.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocks per game while McKinzie headlines the squad on the glass with 7.1 rebounds per outing. \ FIU is hitting 38.6 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 553-of-1432 attempts, including a 104-of-342 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.304) while allowing opponents to tally a 41.8 field goal percentage (561-of-1341) with a 34.3 performance from 3-point land (106-of-309). Panthers' foes are averaging 67.1 points, 36.4 rebounds, 12.0 assists, 6.0 steals and 3.6 blocks per game.

"It's certainly going to be an exciting game," Stockton added. "When you've got a player like Coley who has been back and forth in leading the nation in scoring, she's a dynamic guard who is exciting to watch. They've played very well and they've been in close games with all of the top teams in our conference. They do so many things well. They rebound well. They have a fast-paced game and, of course, one of the nation's leading scorers."

Saturday's game marks the just the third meeting between Tulane and FIU on the hardwood and the all-time series is tied at one win apiece. Both of the head-to-head matchups against the Panthers have come on the road as the Green Wave dropped a 64-59 decision on March 7, 1987 and a 69-64 win on Nov. 25, 2006, during the FIU Thanksgiving Tournament.

Following the game against FIU, Tulane will enjoy a break in midweek action before returning to action on Saturday, Feb. 22, when the Green Wave travel to Birmingham, Ala., to take on UAB. Tulane's next home game is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 26, when the Wave play host to Tulsa at 6 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse.

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).