Feb. 20, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 21, when the Green Wave travel to Birmingham, Ala., for a Conference USA showdown with UAB at Bartow Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The contest against the Blazers is one of five regular-season contests left on the 2012-13 schedule and Tulane will look to finish strong heading into the 2013 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship which is scheduled to take place from March 13-16 in Tulsa, Okla. A top-four finish in the C-USA regular-season standings would give the Green Wave a first-round bye. With a 18-6 overall record and a 7-4 mark in league play, Tulane is currently third in the conference race. The Wave are one game behind second-placed East Carolina (18-6, 8-3) and three games in back of league-leader SMU (19-5, 10-1).
Women's Basketball Downs C-USA Foe UAB, 52-41
In a slugfest of Conference USA's defensive stalwarts, it was the Green Wave offense which remained standing at the final bell as the Tulane University women's basketball team defeated UAB, 52-41, on Thursday evening at Fogelman Arena.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 66.8 points, 41.1 rebounds, 16.9 assists, 9.8 steals and 4.6 blocks per game. Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins leads the Tulane offense with 12.9 points per game while sophomore guard Danielle Blagg and senior guard Olivia Grayson follow with respective scoring averages of 10.2 and 8.9. Sophomore forward Tiffany Dale paces the squad with 6.8 boards per game to go with a team-best 39 blocked shots, Grayson headlines the defense with 50 steals, and sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 106 assists.
UAB enters Thursday's contest 15-9 on the year, 6-5 in Conference USA play and aiming to build on the momentum of a 61-43 win over Marshall on Sunday at Bartow Arena.
As a team, the Blazers are averaging 62.8 points, 37.3 rebounds, 12.4 assists, 12.2 steals and 4.0 blocks per contest. Amber Jones leads UAB with 13.7 points per game while Ashley Grimes and Karisma Chapman follow with scoring averages of 13.1 and 12.4, respectively. Chapman paces the Blazers with 6.6 rebounds per game to go with a team-best 76 steals, Khalilah Watson headlines the offense with 71 assists and Michaelea Kleist has a club-high 31 blocked shots.
UAB is hitting 39.2 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 552-of-1407 attempts, including a 99-of-340 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.291) while allowing opponents to tally a 35.5 field goal percentage (465-of-1310) with a 26.3 performance from 3-point land (87-of-331). Blazer foes are averaging 55.3 points, 40.0 rebounds, 9.2 assists, 7.8 steals and 3.1 blocks per game.
Thursday's game marks the 32nd meeting between Tulane and UAB on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold a 22-9 advantage in the all-time series. Tulane is 20-7 against the Blazers under head coach Lisa Stockton and all of those games have come since the formation of Conference USA prior to the 1995-96 season.
The series with UAB dates back to a 72-69 loss in then-Fogelman Arena (since renovated and renamed Devlin Fieldhouse) on Jan. 29, 1980. Tulane is 9-5 against the Blazers in Birmingham, Ala., including an 81-53 win the last time the two teams met in Bartow Arena on Jan. 9, 2011.
The Green Wave have won the last four head-to-head meetings with the Blazers, including a 52-41 decision on Jan. 19, 2012, in New Orleans. Prior to that, Tulane posted a 64-56 home win on Feb. 20, 2010, a 62-54 C-USA Championship semifinals contest on March 12, 2010, in Tulsa, Okla., and the 28-point road win in 2011. The last time Tulane lost to UAB came on Jan. 29, 2009, when the Blazers won 51-49 in Bartow Arena.
Tulane's next home game is slated for Sunday, Feb. 24, when Tulsa comes to town for a 2 p.m. showdown. For tickets to that game, 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.