Women's Basketball Picked Third In Preseason C-USA Poll

Junior guard Danielle Blagg was named to the 2013-14 Conference USA Preseason Team while the Green Wave were picked to finish third in the final C-USA standings, according to a vote of league head coaches.

Junior guard Danielle Blagg was named to the 2013-14 Conference USA Preseason Team while the Green Wave were picked to finish third in the final C-USA standings, according to a vote of league head coaches.

Oct. 7, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - With the official start of the Tulane University women's basketball season just over a month away, the Green Wave got some good news as the squad was picked to finish third in the 2013-14 Conference USA Preseason Coaches Poll released Monday.

In addition, the conference head coaches selected junior Danielle Blagg as one of eight student-athletes to earn a spot on the Conference USA Preseason Team. The honor comes after the native of San Antonio, Texas, was named C-USA Freshman of the Year in 2011-12 and earned second-team all-conference recognition last season.

"I'm very excited about the competitiveness of the new league," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "With 16 teams, it's anyone's championship. I think any of the teams can come up and put together a great conference season, and that makes it even more exciting with all the parity."

Blagg claimed the preseason distinction after leading the team with 64 3-pointers and a .350 3-point field goal percentage last season. She also finished second with 314 points and 111 field goals made, third with 125 rebounds, tied for third with 17 blocked shots, and fifth with 30 assists and 26 steals. Blagg posted 15 double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 26 after draining eight 3-pointers and a pair of free throws at Marshall last Jan. 13, and had five or more rebounds on six occasions.

Through two collegiate seasons so far, she already ranks 10th in Tulane career history with 118 3-point baskets, 11th with a .323 3-point field goal percentage and 19th with 34 blocked shots.

"Danielle certainly has been a marquee player in our program," Stockton said. "She worked really hard this summer to improve her game and I think she's going to prove to be one of the better players in the league. It's nice that she was recognized for that."



Tulane returns three starters among seven letterwinners from last year's squad, which finished 24-9 overall, tied for second in the regular-season Conference USA standings with an 11-5 league record, and advanced to the round of 16 in the 2013 WNIT to become the first Green Wave squad to participate to the third round of a postseason tournament in program history.

While the Wave will have to replace graduated seniors Olivia Grayson, Janique Kautsky, Brittany McDonald and Tyria Snow, and Tulane won't have a scholarship senior on the roster until the 2014-15 campaign, the team is not without experience. The five rising juniors -Blagg, Tiffany Dale, Adesuwa Ebomwonyi, Jamie Kaplan and Katye Magee - accounted for 49 percent of the team's blocks, 47 percent of the rebounds, 41 percent of both the points and assists, and 36 percent of the steals from a year ago.

In addition, Tulane welcomes back rising sophomores Chinwe Duru and Tierra Jones and returns the services of center Morgan Rogers, who redshirted as a true freshman last season, and senior walk-on Brooke Blankenship, who was not on the team in 2012-13. Tulane also added three highly-touted freshmen in Paije Hall, Courtnie Latham and Leslie Vorpahl.

League newcomer Middle Tennessee, the Sun Belt Conference champions last season, was picked to finish first in the Blue Raiders' inaugural year as a C-USA institution and received eight of the 16 first-place votes. UTEP - which earned six first-place votes - was second in the preseason poll, followed by Tulane, Charlotte and FIU.

Blagg is joined on the C-USA Preseason Team by Jerica Coley of FIU, Jessica Kuster of Rice, Ebony Rowe of Middle Tennessee, Shae Kelley of Old Dominion, Jamierra Faulkner of Southern Miss, Karisma Chapman of UAB and Kayla Thornton of UTEP. Coley, who led the nation in scoring last year with 26.3 points per game, was named C-USA Preseason Player of the Year.

The Green Wave open the season on Friday, Nov. 8, when they play host to the University of New Orleans at 6 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. That contest is the first half of a Tulane double-header as the men's team will square off against New Jersey Institute of Technology at approximately 8 p.m.

Season tickets to the 2013-14 Tulane women's basketball home slate are $100 for floor seats, $85 for side-court seating and $50 for seats along the baseline. For additional information, fans can stop by the Ticket Office - which is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson Jr. Center, call in at (504) 861-WAVE (9283) or check out the official website at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.


 1.  Middle Tennessee (8)   244
 2.  UTEP (6)               231
 3.  Tulane                 212
 4.  Charlotte (1)          196
 5.  FIU                    190
 6.  Old Dominion           170
 7.  East Carolina          155
 8.  UAB                    129
 9.  Tulsa                  116
10.  Rice                   114
11.  Louisiana Tech          98
12.  North Texas (1)         92
13.  Southern Miss           78
14.  UTSA                    58
     FAU                     58
16.  Marshall                35
     (#) denotes first-place votes


Name               School            Pos   Ht	 Cl   Hometown/Previous School
Jerica Coley       FIU                G    5-7   Sr.   St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg HS
Jessica Kuster     Rice               F    6-2   Sr.   San Antonio, Texas/Reagan HS
Ebony Rowe         Middle Tennessee   F    6-1   Sr.   Lexington, Ky./Dunbar HS
Shae Kelley        Old Dominion       F    6-1   Jr.   Denver, Colo./Northwest Florida JC
Jamierra Faulkner  Southern Miss      G    5-6   Sr.   West Palm Beach, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy
Danielle Blagg     Tulane             G    5-11  Jr.   San Antonio, Texas/Smithson Valley HS
Karisma Chapman    UAB                F    5-11  Sr.   Calumet City, Ill./T.F. North HS
Kayla Thornton     UTEP               F    6-1   Sr.   El Paso, Texas/Irvin HS