Sophomore guard Danielle Blagg was named Conference USA Player of the Week after averaging 18.5 points and 6.0 rebounds during Tulane's wins over SMU and Southern Miss.
March 4, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - After helping the Green Wave win a pair of games and claw to within one game of the Conference USA lead, Tulane University women's basketball standout Danielle Blagg was named C-USA Player of the Week. She claimed the honor from the league office on Monday and from CollegeSportsMadness.com on Sunday.
A sophomore guard from San Antonio, Texas, Blagg earned the weekly honor after averaging 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 block per outing during Tulane's 73-68 road win over SMU on Thursday evening and the Wave's 80-69 victory over Southern Miss on Sunday afternoon in Devlin Fieldhouse. Blagg is the second Tulane student-athlete to earn the league's Player of the Week distinction as redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins claimed the title back on Dec. 10.
It is the first Player of the Week honor for Blagg, who claimed C-USA Freshman of the Week honors a school-record four times a year ago en route to claiming 2012 C-USA Freshman of the Year and earning a spot on the league's All-Freshman Team.
During the week, Blagg connected on 44.8 percent of her field goals (13-of-29) and 42.1 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (8-of-19). She led the Green Wave with 16 points in the mid-week win over the Mustangs after hitting 6-of-13 field goals (.462), including a 4-of-7 performance from 3-point land (.571) to go with four rebounds, two blocked shots, a pair of steals and an assist in 30 minutes of action.
Blagg followed that up with 21 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes in Sunday's 11-point win over Southern Miss. In that game, she connected on 7-of-16 field goals (.438), including four 3-pointers.
For the season, Blagg has played in 27 games with 10 starts. She currently leads the team in points (290), 3-pointer baskets (60) and 3-point percentage (.380) while sitting second in points per game (10.7) and field goals made (101), third in rebounds (107), fourth in rebounds per game (4.0), blocked shots (13) and minutes per game (22.8), and fifth in assists (27), steals (22) and minutes played (615). Blagg is third in C-USA in 3-point percentage, fourth in 3-pointers per game (2.2) and 20th in points per outing.
Blagg and the Green Wave return to action on Friday, March 8, when the Green Wave travel to El Paso, Texas, to close out the 2012-13 regular-season against defending C-USA regular-season and tournament champion UTEP at 8 p.m. in the Don Haskins Center. From there, Tulane will head to Tulsa, Okla., for the 2013 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship, which will run from March 13-16.
Already armed with a first-round bye, the Green Wave will look to advance to the title game for the fourth-consecutive season and claim their first title since 2010. The winner of the C-USA Championship receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.