Women's Basketball Turns in Top-Notch Season

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM All-American Janell Burse <br> and the Green Wave won <br> the C-USA Tournament for <br> the second straight season
All-American Janell Burse
and the Green Wave won
the C-USA Tournament for
the second straight season

June 22, 2000

NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Just when it seems like things can't get any better for the Tulane women's basketball team - they do. The Green Wave followed up an impressive 1998-99 campaign with one of the best seasons in the program's history, once again raising the bar for future Tulane teams.

When the dust had settled, Tulane had set a school record for wins in a season, while also advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Wave won its second straight Conference USA Tournament title and its third in four years.

Tulane entered the 1999-2000 campaign fresh off a 24-6 season in 1999 that saw the Green Wave win its second Conference USA title and second C-USA Tournament crown. Picked to repeat as Conference USA champions, expectations were high, but the Green Wave didn't disappoint. Tulane opened the season with a school-record 14-game win streak, which included victories over post-season teams Alabama, Georgetown, SMU, LSU, Southern Mississippi, UAB and Memphis.

Played at high noon on New Year's Eve, Tulane's win over No. 11 was perhaps the highlight of an amazing non-conference schedule. A record crowd of 3,369 filled Fogelman Arena for the showdown between two Top 25 teams. LSU led by as many as eight points in the second half, before Taryn Turnbull hit a three-pointer that started a 9-0 Tulane run that gave the Wave the lead for good. Fabrecia Roberson then took a crucial charge and hit a free throw with 4.3 seconds left to hold off an LSU rally, as the Green Wave claimed its second win in three seasons over the Lady Tigers with the 76-72 victory.

Following the LSU win, Tulane swept through Conference USA play with its usual efficiency, recording a school-best 12 league wins. The Wave earned the No. 2 seed at the C-USA Tournament and avenged an earlier loss to Cincinnati with a 91-78 victory in the quarterfinals before holding off a red-hot UNC Charlotte team in the semifinals, 79-75. In the championship game for the second straight year and the third time in four seasons, Tulane faced off against UAB for the third time. The two earlier meetings had been decided by a total of five points and the championship game was no different. The Wave led by seven with just three minutes to go before UAB cut its deficit with a few desperation three-pointers. With Tulane holding a narrow 71-70 lead with just five seconds left, Grace Daley and Janell Burse each hit three-pointers to give the Wave its third Conference USA Tournament title. Burse and Daley were each named to the All-Tournament team for the second straight season, with Burse picking up Most Valuable Player honors.

Tulane would go on to post a school-record 27 wins, while the squad's five losses were the fewest in school history. The team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season, reaching the second round. The Wave finished the season ranked sixth nationally in scoring offense and 26th in scoring margin. Tulane had the country's 10th best winning percentage and finished 10th nationally in field goal percentage. The 1999-00 Wave squad is the first to ever feature two All-Americans, while this year's seniors, Kiki Cizmar, Daley and Roberson leave school as the winningest class in Tulane basketball history with a record of 99-23 (.811).

Daley and Burse also won their fare share of individual accolades. Daley was named the 2000 Conference USA Player of the Year and was a first-team all-league pick for the third straight year. She earned All-America honors from the Associated Press, Kodak, the Women's Basketball Journal and the Women's Basketball News Service. She finished her career as the all-time leading scorer in Tulane women's basketball history - male or female - and was named the Most Valuable Player for the West team at the WBCA All-Star Classic. Daley wrapped up an impressive collegiate career by becoming the No. 5 overall pick, and just the second college player taken, in the WNBA draft.

Burse was also a first-team All-conference USA pick, and the junior earned All-America honors from both the Associated Press and the Women's Basketball Journal, making Tulane one of just a handful of teams to have two All-Americans. She was named the Most Valuable Player at the Conference USA Tournament and was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. She scored her 1,000th career point and finished the season as Conference USA's all-time leading shot blocker.

In addition to Daley and Burse's accomplishments, Taryn Turnbull was invited to compete for a position on the Canadian National Women's Basketball team that will participate in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The Green Wave also set a host of both team and individual records during the season. As a team, Tulane set school records for scoring, scoring average, field goals made, three-point field goals made, free throws made and assists. The team also established new Conference USA records for free throws made and free throws attempted.

Individually, Daley's 692 points is the best single-season total in school history, while Burse became just the second Wave player to score 600 points and grab 300 rebounds in a single season. She also tied the school record for rebounds in a game. Daley also set Conference USA records for career steals, career free throws made and career free throws attempted, while Burse became the league's all-time leader in blocked shots.


Grace Daley
Conference USA Player of the Year
First Team All-Conference USA
Conference USA All-Tournament Team
Associated Press Third Team All-American
Women's Basketball Journal Second Team All-American
Women's Basketball News Service Third Team All-American WBCA/Kodak Honorable Mention All-American
Two-time Conference USA Player of the Week
Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year
West squad Most Valuable Player at the WBCA All-Star Challenge
First Team All-Louisiana
No. 5 overall pick in the WNBA draft by the Minnesota Lynx

Janell Burse
First Team All-Conference USA
Conference USA Tournament Most Valuable Player
Conference USA All-Tournament team
Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American
Women's Basketball Journal Fourth Team All-American
Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year
Two-time Conference USA Player of the Week
First Team All-Louisiana

Taryn Turnbull
Invited to the Canadian Women's Basketball National Team trials for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

27 wins - most in school history
5 losses - fewest in school history
Reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament
Set school records in the following categories: scoring, scoring average, field goals made, three-point field goals made, free throws made and assists.
1999-2000 Seniors graduate as the winningest class in school history: 99-23 (.811)