March 3, 2007
TULSA, Okla. - The Tulane Green Wave (25-5) will look to advance to the finals of the Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship with a 2 p.m. semifinal match-up against Rice on CSTV.
Tulane is 5-1 in the semifinal round after improving to 7-2 in the quarters with a win over Houston. In six C-USA tournament appearances with a bye, the Wave now have a 14-2 record, including four championship and five finals appearances.
Tulane is 13-1 as the higher seed in C-USA tourney action.
Series history: Tulane leads Rice 8-7, UTEP tied 2-2. Tulane split with UTEP and Rice in the regular 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 (18-6, Four Titles) Tulane is 5-1 in the semifinal round after improving to 7-2 in the quarters with a win over Houston. In six C-USA tournament appearances with a bye, the Wave now have a 14-2 record, including four championship and five finals appearances. Tulane is 13-1 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 1,091 points for her career, 14th 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 19.5 PPG in the last four games. She now has 1,029 points in her career, 18th all-time at Tulane. Double-Figure Scoring From Plenty of Wave Players Tulane is 20-2 when three or more players reach double-figures. and 10 different players have scored 10+ pts in a game this season. Defensive D'Aundra Guard D'Aundra Henry is 26th in the NCAA in steals and ranks third all-time at Tulane (255). Twice her last-minute steal has sealed a victory for Tulane on the road (at Rice, at Marshall). Senior Day 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. Ashley's Assists Third Team All C-USA selection Ashley Langford is ninth in the NCAA with 6.33 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. Thieve Wave 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's All-America Ashley Langford broke her own Tulane single-season assist record and now has 190 through 30 games. With 361 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 .8992 (107-of-119) would be the highest single-season mark in Tulane history, behind her .8988 (80-of-89) mark last year. Ashley Langford (89-of-108, .824) is 61st in the NCAA. The duo have traded Tulane's career lead in free throw pct all season. Montagnino (.861, 248-of-288) currently leads over Langford (.850, 175-of-206). 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.