Feb. 25, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to return to its winning ways on Wednesday, Feb. 26, when the Green Wave play host to Conference USA foe Tulsa in the first half of a basketball doubleheader at 6 p.m. on the uptown New Orleans campus.
The game against the Golden Hurricane is the first of two contests slated for the day as the Tulane men's team will square off against Florida Atlantic at approximately 8 p.m. (or 45 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game) and the purchase of a women's ticket is good for both games.
Women's Basketball Falls To Host Tulsa In C-USA Quarterfinals
Senior guard Olivia Grayson scored a season-high 23 points and sophomore forward Tiffany Dale posted a double-double with 12 points and dozen rebounds, but it was not enough as the Tulane University women's basketball team dropped a 75-68 decision to host Tulsa in the 2013 Conference USA Championship quarterfinals on Thursday evening at the Tulsa Convention Center.
Tulane enters the contest 19-7 on the year, 10-3 in Conference USA action and looking to bounce back from an 81-79 league loss at UAB on Saturday afternoon at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 70.0 points, 41.6 rebounds, 16.6 assists, 8.5 steals and 4.0 blocks per game. Junior guard Danielle Blagg leads a balanced offense with 12.4 points per game while junior forward Tiffany Dale and junior point guard Jamie Kaplan follow with respective scoring averages of 11.8 and 11.5. Dale paces the team with 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game each and Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 6.8 assists per contest. Junior wing Adesuwa Ebomwonyi, meanwhile, headlines the defense with 1.4 steals per outing.
Tulsa, meanwhile, comes to town 11-13 overall, 5-8 in Conference USA and looking to build on the momentum of a 63-43 win over North Texas on Feb. 22 in the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Oklahoma.
As a team, the Golden Hurricane are averaging 69.2 points, 38.9 rebounds, 13.7 assists, 7.4 steals and 1.5 blocks per contest. Ashley Clark leads the Tulsa offense with 14.4 points per game while Kelsee Grovey and Mariah Turner follow with marks of 12.6 and 10.8, respectively. Clark also paces the Golden Hurricane with 6.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 steals per contest, and Stevi Parker leads the defense with 0.6 blocks per outing.
Tulsa is hitting 41.2 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 599-of-1453 attempts, including a 133-of-389 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.342) while allowing opponents to tally a 41.8 field goal percentage (609-of-1458) with a 31.8 performance from 3-point land (154-of-485). Golden Hurricane foes are averaging 71.2 points, 39.1 rebounds, 13.4 assists, 8.6 steals and 3.1 blocks per game.
Wednesday's game marks 20th meeting between Tulane and Tulsa on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold a 12-7 advantage in the all-time series. Tulane is 11-7 against Tulsa under head coach Lisa 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 6-3 against the Golden Hurricane in New Orleans including last year's 74-59 home victory on Feb. 24, 2013.
The Green Wave have now dropped three of the last four head-to-head meetings with the Golden Hurricane as Tulsa defeated Tulane 72-59 on Feb. 23, 2012, in New Orleans, 67-65 on Feb. 10, 2013, in Tulsa, Okla., and 75-67 in the quarterfinals of the 2013 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship last March 14 in the Tulsa Civic Center.
Following the Tulsa game, Tulane returns to action on Saturday, March 1, when the Green Wave travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., for a rematch with Southern Miss before closing out the regular season on Wednesday, March 5, at home against Middle Tennessee.
For tickets to that 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).