Feb. 28, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look for a season-sweep of Conference USA foe Southern Miss and lock up one of the coveted top-four seeds in the upcoming C-USA Championship when the Green Wave travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on the Golden Eagles at 4 p.m. in Reed Green Coliseum.
Both teams enter the weekend tied for second in the league standings with identical 11-3 C-USA records, sharing the spot in the conference rankings with UTEP and two games behind league-leading Middle Tennessee (13-1). One Tulane win or one East Carolina (9-5) over the final two games of the year would assure the Green Wave of a top-four seed and the double-bye in the conference tournament that comes with it. Tulane still has a chance to win at least a share of the C-USA regular-season title but will need to win against both Southern Miss and Middle Tennessee in the regular-season finale on March 5 in New Orleans and have UAB defeat the Blue Raiders on Saturday afternoon in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Women's Hoops Rallies For 73-71 Overtime Win vs Southern Miss
Junior guard Danielle Blagg drained a 3-pointer at buzzer as the Tulane University women's basketball team rallied for a 73-71 overtime victory against Conference USA rival Southern Miss on Saturday afternoon in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Saturday's game between Tulane and Southern Miss will be broadcast on the flagship radio station of Green Wave women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and both live audio and 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 on the web free of charge via GameTracker.
Junior guard Danielle Blagg leads a balanced offense with 12.4 points per game while junior point guard Jamie Kaplan and junior forward Tiffany Dale follow with respective scoring averages of 11.7 and 11.6. Dale paces the team with 8.1 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 headlines the defense with 1.4 steals per outing.
Tulane is connecting at a .424 clip from the field, hitting 665-of-1570 shots from the floor, and 139-of-410 tries from beyond the 3-point arc (.332), while allowing opponents to shoot .381 overall (609-of-1598) and .298 from 3-point land (151-of-507). Green Wave foes are averaging 62.5 points, 36.6 rebounds, 13.6 assists, 8.2 steals and 2.8 blocks per game so far in 2013-14.
Southern Miss, meanwhile, enters the weekend 22-5 overall, 11-3 in Conference USA and riding the high of a nine-game winning streak dating back to an 82-80 overtime victory over East Carolina back on Jan. 25.
As a team, the Golden Eagles are averaging a league-leading 79.1 points, 18.8 assists and 11.0 steals per game to go with 39.7 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per contest. Jamierra Faulkner leads the Southern Miss offense with 17.1 points per game while Tamara Jones and Jerontay Clemons follow with marks of 14.1 and 11.4, respectively. Faulkner also paces the Golden Eagles, the conference and the nation with 8.4 assists to go with a team-best 3.1 steals per contest, and Jones leads the squad with 6.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per outing.
Southern Miss is hitting a C-USA best 46.7 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 796-of-1705 attempts, including a 101-of-317 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.319) while allowing opponents to tally a 39.6 field goal percentage (607-of-1533) with a 32.4 performance from 3-point land (145-of-447). Golden Eagles' foes are averaging 66.7 points, 37.9 rebounds, 13.2 assists, 7.4 steals and 2.8 blocks per game.
Saturday's game marks 64th meeting between Tulane and Southern Miss on the hardwood, and the Golden Eagles hold a 34-29 advantage in the all-time series.
While Southern Miss holds the edge all time, Tulane has won 22 of the last 32 match-ups dating back to Lisa Stockton's first year as head coach in 1994-95. The series with the Golden Eagles is oldest in Tulane history among teams that play an average of once per season, and Tulane won the inaugural meeting 68-67 on Jan. 26, 1977, in New Orleans.
Tulane is just 8-21 against Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss., however, including losses in the last five games at Reed Green Coliseum. The Green Wave's last win on the Golden Eagles' home court came in a 67-54 decision back on Jan. 24, 2003. Since then, Tulane dropped an 80-73 contest on Feb. 5, 2005, a 75-60 game on Jan. 15, 2006, a 72-67 outing on Feb. 24, 2008 and a 56-51 showdown on Feb. 19, 2012.
The Green Wave won the first meeting between the two teams this season, posting a 73-71 come-from-behind overtime victory back on Jan. 18 when Blagg nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Since then, Southern Miss has lost just once in its last 10 games.
"We had 31 turnovers the last time we played them, and I keep on circling that," Stockton added. "I hope we don't have to hit another 3 at the end of the game. I think Southern Miss and Middle Tennessee are two of the best teams in the conference. They both haven't lost in a long time. Southern Miss can score. They can put up 92 points of you so we have to be ready to play. That is a team that we are so familiar with and we look forward to playing them. We have gotten better offensively, and you really need to score against them. We have to be ready to put some points on the board on Saturday."
Following the game against the Golden Eagles, Tulane will close out the regular season on Wednesday, March 5, against the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee. Prior to tipoff, which is slated for 7 p.m., Tulane will recognize senior forward Brooke Blankenship and redshirt-junior guard Katye Magee - along with senior managers Amanda Hardy and Rachel Schwartz - with a special ceremony as the quartet will graduate in May.
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).