Feb. 17, 2000
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Senior guard Grace Daley could become Tulane's all-time leading scorer as the nation's 20th-ranked team goes for its eighth win in nine games against Conference USA foe Alabama-Birmingham.
Daley tallied 29 points, nine rebounds and six steals as Tulane (21-3, 10-3 C-USA) downed South Florida 87-66 on Saturday for its seventh win in eight games.
Daley, who is 11th in the nation with 21.3 points per game, is just 13 points away from matching Tulane's scoring mark of 2,080 set by Stacey Gaudet in 1987.
The Green Wave are one-half game ahead of Memphis in the National Division of Conference USA.
Tulane has scored 80 or more points in six of its last eight games and has shot over 50 percent in five of the last seven contests.
Junior center Janell Burse also is enjoying a stellar season as she ranks 26th nationally in scoring (19.5), 22nd in rebounding (10.1) and 20th in field goal percentage (.580).
Tulane finishes the regular season against Memphis and Southern Mississippi before opening the Conference USA Tournament on March 3.
Alabama-Birmingham (14-9, 6-6) surrendered the final 12 points in a 66-58 loss to Memphis on Sunday.
Deanna Jackson collected 27 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks for the Lady Blazers, who will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Jackson has been the Lady Blazers' leading scorer in three straight and five of the last six contests. She leads the team with 17.7 points and is third in the country with 12.7 rebounds per game.
Tulane edged Alabama 74-73 on Jan. 7 and leads the all-time series 9-5.