Feb. 21, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Tulane center Janell Burse has been named the Conference USA Women's Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Burse, a native of New Orleans, earned Player of the Week honors after averaging 22.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in leading Tulane to a pair of Conference USA road wins against UAB and Memphis. The two victories clinched the C-USA National Division title and assured the Green Wave a bye in the first round of the up-coming C-USA Tournament. Monday's award marked the second time this season and third of her career that Burse has won Player of the Week accolades.
A product of New Orleans' Redeemer-Seton High School, Burse turned in an incredible performance in Tulane's win over Memphis on Fox Sports Net on Saturday. She scored 34 points and grabbed a school-record tying 21 rebounds, while adding three blocked shots in the Wave's 87-67 win. She connected on 11-of-15 field goal attempts (73.3 percent) against Memphis and was 12-of-16 from the foul line. The 21 rebounds were a career-high for Burse and tied the C-USA single-game high for this season. The mark also tied the Tulane single-game record of 21 set by Keisha Johnson against Nicholls State in 1991. In the Green Wave's win over UAB on Thursday, Burse scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, grabbed six rebounds, blocked three shots and dished out two assists. For the week, Burse connected on an impressive 76.2 percent of her shots (16-of-21) and was 13-of-18 from the free throw line (72.2 percent).
In addition to Burse's individual honor, the Green Wave moved up in the two national polls, as well. Tulane (23-3, 12-3 C-USA) finds itself ranked 18th in the latest Associated Press poll and 20th in the most recent ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
Tulane returns to action on Sunday, as the Green Wave close out the regular season with a road trip to Hattiesburg, Miss., for a meeting with Southern Mississippi. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m.