Sept. 15, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - Games against in-state foes LSU, Louisiana-Monroe, McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana, a trip at the Big East's South Florida, and three in-season tournaments highlight the Tulane women's basketball non-conference schedule, which head coach Lisa Stockton announced Tuesday. The Green Wave will co-host the Big Easy Classic with UNO, host the 14h Tulane DoubleTree Classic and play in the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Maryland. Tulane's 16-game Conference USA slate culminates in the Conference USA Championship in Tulsa, Okla.
"We are looking forward to playing 16 games in New Orleans," head coach Lisa Stockton said. "I believe this year's squad will be very exciting to watch and there will be plenty of opportunity for our fans to see us play."
Tulane will return seven letter-winners from last year's squad, including four of the Green Wave's top five scorers. Senior Indira Kaljo ranked as one of the nation's top three-point shooters last season, ranking 13th in the nation in three-point percentage. Also returning is leading rebounder Brett Benzio, after she was second among all NCAA freshmen with 9.3 boards per game. Tulane also returns two year starter, Brittany Lindsey, who led Tulane in scoring and field goal percentage last season.
"We have a very talented freshman class along with an experienced transfer, Danielle Nunn. All can contribute to this year's team." added Stockton. Nunn, who sat out last season after transferring from TCU is expected to fit in at the three-guard position. Tulane's freshmen class guards, Olivia Grayson, the two-time Louisiana 5A Player of the Year; Tyria Snow; wing Janique Kautsky; and forward Chantel McDonald.
"I can't think of a better way to open the season than a doubleheader in Fogelman Arena with both the men's and women's team in action. It should be a great atmosphere as our fans get to see their Tulane basketball teams for the first time in 2009-10," Stockton added.
Following that game, Tulane will take on 2009 NCAA Tournament participant, Liberty University in the first round of the Navy Classic on Nov. 20. Tulane will face either Loyola (Md.) or host Navy on Saturday, Nov. 21.
The Green Wave return home on Nov. 25 to renew their rivalry with LSU at Fogelman Arena.
"It's always exciting when LSU comes to Fogelman, and with the game taking place on the eve of Thanksgiving, we hope a lot of our fans and alumni will make that game part of their holiday weekend," Stockton commented.
After a road trip on Dec. 1 at South Alabama, Tulane and UNO co-host the Big Easy Classic on Dec. 4 and 5. Tulane takes on SWAC champion Prairie View A&M at Fogelman Arena, following the UNO-Longwood match-up. The action moves to Lakefront Arena on Dec. 5, as Tulane faces Longwood in the first game, with UNO meeting Prairie View A&M in the later game.
After a break for final exams, the Green Wave return an engagement with South Florida, taking on the WNIT semifinalist Bulls in Tampa on Dec. 17. Regional foes Stephen F. Austin (Dec. 20) and McNeese State (Dec. 22) visit Fogelman Arena prior to the DoubleTree Classic on Dec. 28-29.
The 14th Tulane DoubleTree Classic features Long Island, North Dakota, and Texas Tech. The Green Wave meet the LIU Blackbirds on Monday, Dec. 28, with Texas Tech facing North Dakota. On Tuesday, the winners meet in the championship game, which follows the consolation game.
"The DoubleTree should be a competitive tournament. I'm looking forward to welcoming in Texas Tech, after the Red Raiders community welcomed our team so graciously in Lubbock during 2005 (when Tulane relocated after Hurricane Katrina)," Stockton continued, "Hosting this tournament over the holiday break is a great opportunity for Tulane to welcome teams to New Orleans for a more extended stay, and we're really pleased Tech, Long Island and North Dakota are in this season's field."
Tulane wraps non-conference play on Monday, Jan. 4 at Southeastern Louisiana before the first Conference USA weekend. C-USA play begins at Fogelman Arena on Friday, Jan. 8, against Houston and Sunday, Jan. 10 against Rice.
The Green Wave have a road weekend at Tulsa (Jan. 15) and SMU (Jan. 17), before returning home to face Southern Miss (Jan. 23). After a home game against UTEP on Jan. 28, Tulane travels to Orlando to face C-USA Tournament champion UCF on Jan. 31.
The Green and White play host to Tulsa (Feb. 5) and 2009 WNIT participant SMU (Feb. 7) before traveling to C-USA East opponents Marshall (Feb. 11) and East Carolina (Feb. 13). The final regular season home stand is Feb. 18 against Memphis and Feb. 20. against UAB before a three-game road swing to conclude C-USA play. Tulane travels to Rice on Feb. 25, Houston on Feb. 27, and meets UTEP in El Paso on Mar. 3 as the final tune-up before the C-USA Championship in Tulsa, Okla.
"Conference USA is really on the rise. The talent we showcased last season was young and the league has so many good players coming back," Stockton said. "The teams that can go far in this league have an abundance of young talent, as well as veteran leadership. And we feel that we have that formula. It's going to be an exciting season for Tulane basketball, and for Conference USA."
The C-USA tournament moves to a new time slot for 2010, as the action kicks off with the first round on Monday, Mar. 8, with seeds five through 12 in action. The four winners square off with the top four seeds in Mar. 9's quarterfinals, with the semifinals on Wednesday, Mar. 10. After an off day on Thursday, the C-USA championship game is Friday, Mar. 12, with an automatic berth the NCAA Tournament on the line.
Tickets for the 2009-10 women's basketball season are available by contacting the Tulane Ticket Office, located in the James W. Wilson Center on Tulane's campus, by calling (504) 861-WAVE, or by logging on to TulaneGreenWave.com and clicking the Tickets link. The television schedule for Tulane women's basketball will be announced at a later date. Game times are subject to change, and times for Tulane's road C-USA contests will be announced with the television schedule.