March 1, 2001
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- Tulane's center duo of senior Janell Burse and sophomore Teana McKiver were named the Conference USA 2001 Defensive Player and Sixth Player of the Year, respectively, the league office announced Thursday.
Burse won the league's Defensive Player of the Year award for the third consecutive season and was also a first team all-C-USA selection for the second straight year. The 6-5 native of New Orleans who attended Redeemer-Seton High School is averaging 18.8 points and 10.6 rebounds on the year. She has a team-leading 61 blocked shots and her 40 steals rank second on the team.
McKiver, a sophomore from Beaulaville, N.C. who sat out the 1999-2000 season after transferring from East Carolina, averaged five rebounds and 7.8 points per game while playing nearly 18 minutes per contest. She added 47 blocked shots on the season.
In addition to Burse's selection to the All-Conference USA first team, junior guard Sarah Goree and sophomore forward Gwen Slaughter were elected to the league's third team. Goree, a 5-8 point guard from Baton Rouge and Christian Life Academy, is averaging 10.4 points per game and leads Tulane with 127 assists on the year.
Slaughter, a sophomore from Mamou, La., also averages 10.4 points and adds eight rebounds per game. She has also blocked 47 shots.
Tulane (19-9, 12-4 C-USA) secured the No. 2 seed in the Conference USA Tournament, which starts Friday in Milwaukee. The Green Wave will have a bye in the first round and will take on the winner of the game between No. 7 seed Marquette and No. 10 seed Charlotte Saturday night at 8 p.m.
Tulane's games will all be broadcast on WRBH-FM (88.3) in New Orleans. The semifinals of the C-USA tournament will be shown live locally in New Orleans on PAX 49 (cable channel 49) at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. The C-USA Tournament Championship game will be broadcast on a tape delay basis by espn2 on Monday night beginning at 10:30 p.m.