Oct. 18, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - A spot in the Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament as well as 18 games against teams that reached post season play last year highlight the 2000-01 Tulane women's basketball schedule, announced Wednesday by Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton.
For the second time in school history, the Green Wave will begin the season in the Preseason WNIT, opening against Grambling on November 10 in Fogelman Arena. Tulane is also guaranteed at least six games against teams that reached the NCAA Tournament last season, though that total could reach as high as nine should the Wave make a run in the WNIT.
"This is without a doubt one of the most difficult schedules we've put together," Stockton said. "Its always tough to open the season against quality opponents in the WNIT, but to do it with as young a group as we have will be a challenge. The strength of this early season schedule should help us once we get to conference play, though."
The 2000-01 campaign features 14 regular season home games, including the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic, which will be played for the fifth consecutive year. This year's edition features William & Mary, Long Beach State and Hartford. The Wave will also entertain Southwest Missouri State on Monday, Dec. 4 in Fogelman. The Bears reached the NCAA Tournament last season and employ the services of senior Jackie Stiles, who led the nation in scoring last season.
Tulane also faces a number of challenges away from New Orleans. The Wave will meet NCAA teams SMU, LSU, UAB and Marquette on the road, in addition to road contests with Alabama and Georgetown teams that reached the 2000 Postseason WNIT. In addition, should the Green Wave reach the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT, the squad would play four games in six days. Beginning the stretch would be a Friday, Nov. 17 game against Nicholls State in Fogelman before back-to-back WNIT games on the road on Nov. 19 and 20. Tulane would then travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a Wednesday, Nov. 22 match-up with Alabama.
"Not only do we have a challenging schedule, but we play a lot of tough opponents on the road," Stockton added. "We have to be ready to play early in the season this year. It should be an exciting schedule for our fans."