Junior guard Danielle Blagg and the Green Wave return to action on Saturday when they travel to Birmingham, Ala., to take on C-USA foe UAB on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Bartow Arena.
Feb. 21, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to keep a pair of streaks as well as its goal of a Conference USA regular-season championship alive over the weekend when the Green Wave travel to Birmingham, Ala., to take on Conference USA foe UAB on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. in Bartow Arena.
Tulane enters the weekend 19-6 on the year, is sole possession of second place in the C-USA standings with a 10-2 league record, riding the crest of a four-game winning streak and with a perfect 6-0 record in conference road games. With four games left on the schedule before the start of the C-USA Championship from March 11-15 in El Paso, Texas, the Green Wave control their own destiny and can come away with the outright conference title if the team wins out.
Strong Second Half Lifts Women's Basketball Past UAB, 57-52
Sophomore guard Danielle Blagg scored a team-high 14 points and sophomore forward Tiffany Dale fell a bucket and a rebound shy of a double-double as the Tulane University women's basketball team upended Conference USA foe UAB, 57-52, on Thursday evening in Bartow Arena.
"But if we try to look ahead or if we try and think of the big picture instead of what's in front of us, that can hurt us. Last year, we were in a situation where we could have shared the title. We had the last game of the season where we could have shared it and we didn't handle it well. Hopefully we learned for that and will end up in a different position."
Saturday's Tulane/UAB game 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 for free on the web via GameTracker.
As a team, the Green Wave enter the weekend averaging 69.7 points, 42.0 rebounds, 16.4 assists, 8.4 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 and junior forward Tiffany Dale follow with identical 11.6 scoring averages. Dale paces the team with 8.2 rebounds per game each and Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 6.6 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 .419 clip from the field, hitting 612-of-1460 shots from the floor, and 127-of-388 tries from beyond the 3-point arc (.327), while allowing opponents to shoot .376 overall (557-of-1480) and .289 from 3-point land (134-of-463). Green Wave foes are averaging 61.8 points, 36.8 rebounds, 13.2 assists, 8.3 steals and 2.8 blocks per game so far in 2013-14.
"It's real simple," Stockton said. "We have to do the things we've done. We have to go hard. We have to play hard. We have to play as a team, and we're good when we're nice and balanced. You can't turn over the ball and you have to rebound. Those are keys for us, but I don't think we should change anything that we're doing."
UAB, meanwhile, enters the contest 14-10 overall, 6-5 in Conference USA and looking to build on the momentum of a two-game winning streak after downing UTSA (79-56 on Feb. 12) and Louisiana Tech (71-62 on Feb. 15).
As a team, the Blazers are averaging 68.5 points, 40.3 rebounds, 13.5 assists, 6.7 steals and 5.1 blocks per contest. Karisma Chapman leads the UAB offense with 20.5 points per game while Ashley Grimes and Chelsee Black follow with respective marks of 14.9 and 13.2. Chapman also paces the Blazes with 9.3 rebounds per game, Grimes leads the squad with 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals per outing, and Kayla Anderson headlines the defense with 2.3 blocks per contest.
UAB is hitting 42.6 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 609-of-1430 attempts, including a 134-of-407 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.329) while allowing opponents to tally a 36.7 field goal percentage (542-of-1475) with a 31.3 performance from 3-point land (126-of-403). Blazers' foes are averaging 63.5 points, 38.8 rebounds, 11.3 assists, 7.8 steals and 3.3 blocks per game.
"It certainly is nice to have a familiar opponent," Stockton added. "We've had so many that we haven't played before, but we're excited. Having the week off was good for us. We've been able to work on some things and get some rest, and we're ready to start again. Obviously, it's coming down to it. There are four games left and all of them really count.
"We've both been in close games and we've been able to pull some of them out while they've lost some games in overtime. They're a very good team. They're one that's probably a little underrated and they've given everyone a good game. You've got to go in there and expect something really good."
Saturday's game marks the 33rd meeting between Tulane and UAB on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold a 23-9 advantage in the all-time series. Tulane is 21-7 against the Blazers under 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 home loss on Jan. 29, 1980. Tulane is 10-5 against the Blazers in Birmingham, Ala., including wins in the last two meetings in Bartow Arena: 81-53 on Jan. 9, 2011, and 57-52 on Feb. 21, 2013.
The Green Wave have won the last five head-to-head meetings with the Blazers. Prior to last year's five-point win in Birmingham, the Green Wave a 64-56 home win on Feb. 20, 2010, a 62-54 C-USA Championship title-game contest on March 12, 2010, in Tulsa, Okla., and the 28-point road win in 2011 and a 52-41 decision on Jan. 19, 2012, in New Orleans. The last time Tulane lost to UAB came on Jan. 29, 2009, when the Blazers won 51-49 in Bartow Arena.
Following the game at UAB, Tulane will play two of its final three games at home, sandwiching games against Tulsa on Feb. 26 and against Middle Tennessee on March 5 around a March 1 road contest at Southern Miss. For tickets to those 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).