Sophomore Brett Benzio and the Tulane women's basketball team will participate in a 3-point shootout during Friday's
Oct. 20, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - Green Wave fans are invited to spend a "Late Night In Fogelman Arena" on Friday, Oct. 23 as the Tulane volleyball team will take on Conference USA foe UAB at 8 p.m. and both the men's and women's basketball teams will participate in a variety of exhibition events until midnight.
The action-packed night also includes a host of New Orleans' most entertaining groups which will be on hand for the festivities. In addition, one lucky student will win a chance to take a half-court shot worth $10,000. In order to be eligible for the big-money, half-court shot, students must be in attendance during the Tulane/UAB contest.
Approximately 30 minutes following the volleyball match, free pizza and t-shirts will be provided to members in attendance and the energetic French Quarter Flyers, the New Orleans Hornets' Honeybees, Tulane cheerleaders and Shockwave will be on hand to entertain the crowd.
From there, both Tulane's men's and women's basketball teams will be formally introduced and the women will show off their skills in a 3-point contest. The men, meanwhile, will participate in a dunk contest judged by Tulane's mascot, Riptide, a member of the Krewe of Green Wave and one of the Honeybees.
The Tulane volleyball team enters Friday's match against UAB 12-6 on the year, 7-2 in C-USA play and riding the crest of a three-match winning streak after posting 3-0 sweeps over UCF, Marshall and East Carolina.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 13.59 kills, 12.66 assists, 15.30 digs and 1.90 blocks per set. Sophomore outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic leads the squad with 4.36 kills per set, while senior setter Rachel Lindelow has a team-best 10.94 assist-per-set average. Senior libero Jenn Miller paces the club with 3.97 digs per contest and junior middle blocker Lindsey Shepard headlines the team with 1.00 blocks per outing.
Tulane is hitting .224 (951-373-2578) on the season while allowing opponents to attack at a .195 clip (854-369-2485). Green Wave opponents, meanwhile, are averaging 12.20 kills, 11.40 assists, 15.86 digs and 2.34 blocks per set so far in 2009.
The women's basketball team returns seven letterwinners for the upcoming season, including four of its top five scorers, four of the top six rebounders and its leaders in steals and blocked shots. Guards Indira Kaljo, the 2009 C-USA Newcomer of the Year, and Chassity Brown return for their senior campaigns and anchor Tulane's backcourt. Kaljo was 14th in the nation in 3-point shooting last season, while Brown chipped in 8.6 points per game and recorded a team-high 59 steals to lead the Green Wave's defense.
Up front, the Tulane women boast C-USA All-Freshman Team member Brett Benzio, who was the second-leading rebounder in the NCAA among freshmen after leading the Green Wave with 9.3 boards per game and adding 8.6 points per contest with nine double-doubles. Also back is junior forward Brittany Lindsey, who paced the Green Wave in scoring with 11.8 points per game and finished second in rebounding with 4.6 per contest. The duo form a post tandem which combined for 20.4 points and 13.9 rebounds per game last season to go with a combined 80 blocked shots.
Also returning for the Green Wave are juniors Tiffany Aidoo and Roshaunda Barnes, along with sophomore Jennifer Nwokedi. They will be joined by junior transfer Danielle Nunn, eligible after sitting out last season after coming to Tulane from TCU, as well as four true freshmen: Olivia Grayson, Janique Kautsky, Brittany Chantel McDonald, and Tyria Snow.
The men's basketball program, meanwhile, returns nine lettermen for the 2009-10 campaign, including three starters - seniors Kevin Sims, Asim McQueen and junior Kris Richard. Sims returns as one the program's most productive players from the past three seasons. Last season, he led the team in scoring (13.0), assists (4.0), 3-point field goals (51), free throws (110), minutes played (35.0) and was the only player to start all 31 games. Richard ranked second among the league's top steals leaders during C-USA contests with 2.13 per game, and was fourth overall with 1.97 per outing. He had seven games with three or more steals, including a pair of contests with five thefts.
Also back are senior Eric Vianney, juniors Johnny Mayhane, David Booker and Geoff Hogan, and the sophomore tandem of Trent Rogers and Jon Andersen. Redshirt-freshman Kendall Timmons, who started four of nine games as a true freshman before back injuries shelved his rookie season, rounds out the list of Green Wave veterans.
The Green Wave bolstered each position on the team with the addition of its four newcomers, including freshman Jordan Callahan at point guard, junior-transfer Aaron Holmes at guard/forward, freshman Terrance Beasley at forward and New Orleans native, freshman Kelth Cameron, at forward/center.
For ticket information to Tulane's C-USA volleyball match against UAB on Friday, as well as future Green Wave athletics events, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE. Admission to the basketball festivities is free.