Grace Daley, the country's ninth-leading scorer, leads Tulane against Vermont.
March 16, 2000
GAME: No. 6 Tulane (26-4) vs. No. 11 Vermont (25-5), Mideast Regional, First
TIME: Saturday, 7 p.m. EST.
SITE: United Spirit Center, Lubbock, Texas.
Led by two of the country's best players, Tulane faces Vermont in an opening- round NCAA tournament game in the Mideast Region.
The Green Wave capped off the best season in school history with a 73-70 victory over Alabama-Birmingham in the championship game of the Conference USA tournament.
Tulane is in the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight year, but has won only one game in the six appearances.
Daley is the country's ninth-leading scorer at 21.6 points per game, while Burse averages 19.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game and 59.2 percent shooting from the field.
With Daley and Burse leading the way, Tulane ranked fourth nationally with 81.8 points per game.
Vermont captured the America East Conference tournament championship to secure its fourth NCAA appearance and first since 1994.
The Catamounts are led by senior forward Karalyn Church, a two-time America East Player of the Year.
Church averages 20.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game and shot 64.8 percent from the field, second-best in the country.
Vermont's other top offensive players are freshmen Dawn Cressman and Morgan Hall.
PROBABLE STARTERS: Tulane - F Fabrecia Robinson (9.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg), F Burse (19.9 ppg, 10.0 rpg), G Sarah Goree (8.5 ppg, 3.6 apg), G Taryn Turnbull (3.1 ppg, 2.3 apg), G Daley (21.3 ppg, 3.9 apg). Vermont - F Church (20.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg), F Christie Lauzon (9.9 ppg, 2.3 apg), G Cressman (11.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg), G Libby Smith (5.0 ppg, 2.9 apg), G Hall (14.0 ppg, 5.3 apg).
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Tulane - Automatic bid, Conference USA tournament champion. Vermont - Automatic bid, America East Conference tournament champion.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT RECORD: Tulane - 1-5, 5 years. Vermont - 0-3, 3 years.