Feb. 23, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 24, when the Green Wave play host to Conference USA rival Tulsa in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tipoff for that ballgame is schedule for 2 p.m.
The Wave enter Sunday's showdown 19-6 on the year, 8-4 in C-USA play and looking to build on the momentum of a 57-52 road win over UAB on Thursday evening in Birmingham, Ala. Tulane will also be looking to exact a bit of revenge on the Golden Hurricane as Tulsa won the initial regular-season matchup, 67-65, back on Feb. 10 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Women's Basketball Sees Road Streak Snapped In 67-65 Loss At Tulsa
Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins cames off the bench to score 22 points and sophomore forward Tiffany Dale pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds and led all players with five blocked shots, but it was not enough as the Tulane University women's basketball team dropped a 67-65 decision to Conference USA foe Tulsa on Sunday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 66.4 points, 41.4 rebounds, 16.7 assists, 9.8 steals and 4.5 blocks per game. Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins leads the Tulane offense with 12.7 points per game while sophomore guard Danielle Blagg and senior guard Olivia Grayson follow with respective scoring averages of 10.4 and 8.7. Sophomore forward Tiffany Dale paces the squad with 6.8 boards per game to go with a team-best 41 blocked shots, Grayson headlines the defense with 50 steals, and sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 107 assists.
Tulsa, meanwhile, comes to town 11-14 on the year, 6-6 in Conference USA play and aiming to bounce back from a 69-60 loss to SMU on Thursday in Dallas.
As a team, the Golden Hurricane are averaging 61.8 points, 40.2 rebounds, 12.5 assists, 9.8 steals and 2.0 blocks per contest. Taleya Mayberry leads Tulsa in scoring with an 18.4 point-per-game average while Kelsee Grovey and Tiffani Couisnard follow with 9.9 and 8.3 averages, respectively. Mayberry also leads the team with 88 assists and 56 steals and Couisnard paces the squad with a 9.0 rebound-per-game average to go with a team-best 26 blocked shots.
Tulsa is hitting 37.1 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 557-of-1503 attempts, including a 125-of-415 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.301) while allowing opponents to tally a 39.2 field goal percentage (569-of-1443) with a 28.6 performance from 3-point land (114-of-399). Golden Hurricane foes are averaging 61.1 points, 40.1 rebounds, 13.1 assists, 8.5 steals and 4.0 blocks per game.
Sunday's game marks 18th meeting between Tulane and Tulsa on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold an 11-6 advantage in the all-time series. Tulane is 10-6 against Tulsa under Stockton, and all of those games have come since the Golden Hurricane joined Conference USA for the 2005-06 season.
The series with Tulsa dates back to a 49-44 road win on Jan. 6, 1987. Tulane is 5-3 against the Golden Hurricane in New Orleans including last year's 72-59 loss on Feb. 23, 2012, in then-Fogelman Arena (since renovated and renamed Devlin Fieldhouse). The last time Tulane defeated Tulsa was on Jan. 22, 2012, when the Green Wave posted a 66-51 road victory in Oklahoma.
Following the Tulane/Tulsa game, the Green Wave play at SMU on Thursday, Feb. 28, before closing out the home portion of the 2012-13 season on Sunday, March 3, against Southern Miss. The game against the Golden Eagles will be televised live nationally on the CBS Sports Network, and the senior class of Grayson, wing Janique Kautsky, forward Brittany McDonald and guard Tyria Snow will be honored with a special ceremony.
For tickets to that game, 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.