March 8, 2010
TULSA, Okla. - On the heels of wrapping up the fourth Conference USA regular-season championship under her tutelage, Tulane University head women's basketball coach Lisa Stockton was named the C-USA Coach of the Year on a vote of league head coaches, media relations specialists and media members.
The honor is the second C-USA award of her career as Stockton claimed the distinction in 2007. It was the third conference coach of the year title during her 16 years at Tulane as she was named Metro Conference Coach of the Year during her inaugural season with the Wave back in 1994-95.
"This season has just been so much fun to coach," Stockton said. I think we were successful because we had a great group of people and our staff worked really hard. It certainly is an honor with the coaches that we have in this league to be recognized, but this team made it a lot of fun for me.
"It was a difficult year with all the adjustments we had to make, but as a coach it was a much easier year. We didn't have to motivate the players, they love basketball, they really enjoy playing with each other. The basketball part was easy."
During the 2009-10 season, Stockton's team battled through a number of injuries but she still led the Green Wave to a 23-6 overall record and a 12-4 C-USA mark to earn the regular-season league championship. Junior forward Brittany Lindsey suffered a shoulder injury just six games into the season, sophomore post Brett Benzio was in and out of the line-up with a foot injury, senior guard Chassity Browns suffered a broken left (non-shooting) hand midway through the year and senior Indira Kaljo broke her nose in a Jan. 23 game against Southern Miss.
Despite the setbacks, Stockton led a balanced team that ranks third in the league with 70.3 points per game but has just one player averaging more than 12.0 points per game. But while Brown is leading the team with a 13.6 average, junior forward Danielle Nunn is chipping in with 11.2 followed by junior forward Tiffany Aidoo at 9.9, junior point guard Roshaunda Barnes at 9.0 freshman guard Olivia Grayson at 8.7.
For her career, Stockton is now 386-188 overall and 323-161 at Tulane, including a 150-90 mark in C-USA play. She has guided her Tulane teams to the postseason 10 times (9 NCAAs, 1 WNIT) and won C-USA regular-season and tournament titles four times each.
Stockton has led Tulane to eight 20-plus win seasons, including a school-record 27 wins in 1996-97 and 1999-2000. Her student-athletes have earned all-conference honors a combined 40 times, including 11 first-teamers. Five of her former Tulane players have gone on to play in the WNBA.
Stockton and the Green Wave return to action at noon on Tuesday, March 9, when they open C-USA Women's Basketball Championship play with a quarterfinal contest against ninth-seeded UCF.
The C-USA Championship concludes on Friday, March 12, with the championship game tipping off at 12:30 p.m. That contest will be televised live on CBS College Sports Network and the winner will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.