April 13, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - While the Tulane University women's basketball season concluded nearly a month ago, the honors continue to roll in for the Green Wave as senior Olivia Grayson and sophomore Danielle Blagg earned All-Louisiana recognition, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association announced late Friday night.
While the duo both claimed second-team All-Conference USA honors back in March, Grayson earned a spot on the all-state third team and Blagg garnered honorable-mention distinction. The All-Louisiana Team is based on the LSWA voting panel of state media and sports information personnel.
A native of Metairie, La., Grayson started all 33 games as a senior and led the team with 327 points, 63 steals, 75 free throws, 973 minutes of action and 29.5 minutes per game while sitting second on the squad in points per game (9.9), rebounds (206), rebounds per game (6.2), assists (116) and free throw percentage (.773), third in 3-point baskets (32), tied for third in blocked shots (17) and fifth in 3-point percentage (.299).
She scored in double figures on 18 occasions with three 20-plus point outings, including a season-best 23 in the C-USA Championship quarterfinals at Tulsa on March 14. In addition, Grayson pulled down five or more rebounds 25 times, had four or more assists on 17 occasions, tallied 17 multiple-steal outings and had a pair of multiple-block ballgames.
Grayson tallied a season-best 10 rebounds twice, including a 20-point, 10-board effort vs. Tulsa to complete a double-double on Feb. 24. She also logged season highs with seven assists and three blocked shots vs. Memphis on Jan. 20, and posted a high-water mark of five steals in the second round of the WNIT at Arkansas on March 24.
She claimed All-Tournament honors at the Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Tournament after averaging 11.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals per outing and did it again at the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic when Grayson posted marks of 8.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per contest.
She scored in double figures 15 times with a pair of 20-point outings, including a career-high 26 after draining 8-of-13 treys and both of her free throw opportunities at Marshall on Jan. 13. Blagg had five or more rebounds six times, nine multiple-assist outings, two steals on 10 occasions and a pair of multiple-block contests.
Blagg tied her career high with nine rebounds vs. Memphis on Jan. 20 and vs. East Carolina on Jan. 27. She also had a season-best three assists vs. Auburn on Nov. 28 and a career-best four swats vs Loyola on Jan. 7.
She was named Conference USA Player of the Week on March 3 after averaging 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game during Tulane's road win at SMU and home victory over Southern Miss in the final two games of the regular season.
Grayson and Blagg helped lead Tulane to a 24-9 overall record, a tie for second place in the C-USA regular-season standings with an 11-5 league mark and advance to the postseason for the fourth-consecutive season. In the 2013 WNIT, the Green Wave made history as the team advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in postseason play.
Tulane opened the WNIT run with a 65-57 home win over Sam Houston State on March 21 before downing Arkansas, 60-48, on March 24 in Bud Walton Arena. The Green Wave's postseason run came to an end the next night out, however, as Tulane fell at Auburn, 72-52, on March 27.
While Grayson concluded her collegiate career in 2012-13, Blagg is one of eight letterwinners expected to return next season. She will join rising senior center Ashley Westby, rising juniors Tiffany Dale, Adesuwa Ebomwonyi, Jamie Kaplan and Katye Magee, and rising sophomores Chinwe Duru and Tierra Jones. Also expected to play for the Green Wave a year from now are Morgan Rogers, who redshirted the 2012-13 season, as well as incoming freshmen Paije Hall (Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More HS), Courtnie Latham (Houston, Texas/Clear Spring HS) and Leslie Vorpahl (San Antonio, Texas/Churchill HS).