Feb. 28, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane women's basketball team, the regular season Conference USA champions (24-5, 13-3 C-USA), head to Tulsa, Oklahoma to begin their quest for the Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Wave's first game will be in the quarterfinals on Friday at 1 p.m. against either (8) Marshall or (9) Houston.
Live video, audio and statistics will be available at TulaneGreenWave.com (links to be posted following Marshall-Houston game). Those features will also be available through out the tournament should Tulane advance (Championship game video not available).
Tulane will play in the first game of the day throughout the tournament should the Wave advance. The semifinal game (potential opponents (12) Memphis, (5) UTEP or (4) Rice) would begin at 2:30 p.m CT Saturday and air live nationally on CSTV. The Sunday Championship game will air live on ESPN2 at 4:30 p.m., with an automatic bid to 'The Big Dance' on the line.
Conference USA Coach of the Year Lisa Stockton leads her team into the C-USA tourney seeking a fifth Conference USA Tournament title (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001) and 10th NCAA Tournament bid (every year from 1995-2003).
Third Team All-Conference USA and C-USA All-Defensive Team guard D'Aundra Henry -- with 18.6 PPG in her last five games -- is the sole member of the Green Wave with NCAA experience. The fifth-year senior was a member of Tulane's 2003 Tourney team.
First Team All-Conference USA selection Jami Montagnino looks to close her season with a C-USA championship and NCAA bid, leading Tulane is scoring with 15.2 PPG.
Point guard Ashley Langford, also a Third Team All-Conference USA pick, will stretch her top single-season assist mark at Tulane in the C-USA tournament. The 5-5 sophomore has 186 assists through 29 games, breaking her own single-season record from last year. She owns the C-USA Tournament record with 13 assists in last season's quarterfinal loss to SMU.
Junior forward Jennifer Sands, a Third Team All-Conference USA pick last season, will try to continue her success in the C-USA tourney. Last season she averaged 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two C-USA tournament games.
Series history: Tulane leads 15-5 vs Houston; 2-0 vs Marshall
Tulane won at Marshall and defeated Houston twice this season.
2007 Regular Season Champions
Tulane won its first-ever outright regular season crown in Conference USA and third C-USA regular season title (1997, 1999)
Wave Approaches Top 25
Tulane is receiving votes in this week's polls with 11 points (31st) in the AP and 6 points (T-32nd) in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Tulane is 62nd in the RPI (CollegeRPI.com, 2/27).
Best Regular Season Ever
Tulane set a school record with 24 wins in the regular season. The 1996-97 and 1999-2000 teams each entered the C-USA tournament at 23-4; won the C-USA tourney, advanced to the NCAA Second Round and finished 27-5. A C-USA Tournament title would give the Wave a school-record tying 27 wins.
Conference USA Tournament Champions
Tulane seeks its fifth C-USA Tournament crown, winning the 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001 tournaments.
Conference USA Tournament All-Time (17-6, Four Titles)
Tulane is 6-2 in the quarterfinal round (5-1 when having a bye). In six C-USA tournament appearances with a bye, the Wave have a 13-2 record, including four championship and five finals appearances. The Green Wave's last championship came in 2001. Tulane is 12-1 as the higher seed in C-USA tourney action.
Coach Stockton: Conference USA Coach of the Year
Tulane's Lisa Stockton, the winningest coach in C-USA history, was named 2007 Conference USA Coach of the Year. It's the first C-USA COY honor for Stockton, despite a 245-115 record, four C-USA titles and eight NCAA berths in 11 previous C-USA seasons.
Montagnino's 1,000-Point Club Membership
First Team All C-USA selection Jami Montagnino now has 1,078 points for her career, 15th all-time at Tulane.
Henry Becomes 19th 1,000-Point Club Member
Third Team All C-USA selection D'Aundra Henry closed the regular season with averaging 19.5 PPG in her last four games to reach 1,016 points in her career, 19th all-time at Tulane.
Double-Figure Scoring From Plenty of Wave Players
Tulane is 19-2 when three or more players reach double-figures. and 10 different players have scored 10+ pts in a game this season.
Guard D'Aundra Henry is 26th in the NCAA in steals and ranks third all-time at Tulane (251). Twice her last-minute steal has sealed a victory for Tulane on the road (at Rice, at Marshall).
Tulane improved its Senior Day record to 25-7 all-time, including 14 in a row (and all 13 under Lisa Stockton) as guards Jami Montagnino and D'Aundra Henry won on their Senior Day vs Tulsa.
Third Team All C-USA selection Ashley Langford is ninth in the NCAA with 6.41 assists PG. She tied her own Tulane record with 14 in a game against UTEP. With 114 in league play, she broke the C-USA sophomore assist record.
Tulane is seventh in the NCAA in steals, averaging 12.3 per game. D'Aundra Henry (26th, 2.8) and Ashley Langford (88th, 2.3) both rank individually. The Green Wave recorded 21 steals against Loyola, the third-most ever in a game for Tulane.
Ashley Langford broke her own Tulane single-season assist record and now has 186 through 29 games. With 357 for her career she ranks ninth at Tulane all-time as just a sophomore.
Free Throw Throw Down
Jami Montagnino is fifth in free throw percentage (.897) in the latest NCAA rankings. Her current .903 (102-of-113) would be the highest single-season mark in Tulane history, behind her .899 (80-of-89) mark last year. Ashley Langford (88-of-106, .830) is 61st in the NCAA. The duo have traded Tulane's career lead in free throw pct all season. Montagnino (.862, 243-of-282) currently leads over Langford (.853, 174-of-204).
Second-Longest Win Streak in School History
Tulane's 10-game win streak from Jan. 12 to Feb. 15 was the second longest total and the second-longest win streak against Conference USA opponents in school history.
Smothered by the Wave
Tulane has held 15 teams to 61 points or less this season (13-2) and became the third team to hold LSU under 60 points since 2005-06 started (joining No. 4 Duke, and No. 7 Connecticut).
Tulane's NCAA Tournament Tradition under Coach Stockton
Tulane has nine NCAA Tournament appearances in 12 seasons, all under Stockton, Conference USA's winningest coach.