Sophomore forward Chinwe Duru and the Green Wave women's basketball team opens the 2013-14 season on Friday when they play host to cross-town rival University of New Orleans at 6 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Nov. 6, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will open the 2013-14 season on Friday, Nov. 8, when the Green Wave play host to cross-town rival University of New Orleans at 6 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. The game is part of a Tulane doubleheader as the men's team will square off against New Jersey Institute of Technology at 8 p.m.
Season openers have been good to the Green Wave as Tulane is 23-15 all-time, including a 14-5 mark when tipping off the year at home. Tulane has won its last eight season openers, including last year's 66-59 victory over Louisiana Tech. The game against the Privateers will be broadcast on the flagship station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and both live audio and video streaming is available on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats will be provided on the Internet for free via GameTracker.
Women's Basketball Rolls Past New Orleans, 86-39
Five Green Wave players posted double-figure scoring totals and two pulled down at least 10 rebounds as the Tulane University women's basketball team rolled past cross-town foe UNO, 86-39, Monday evening at Fogelman Arena.
The Green Wave enter the season opener against UNO with high hopes and a boatload of talent as Tulane returns three starters among seven letterwinners from the 2012-13 squad. Last season, the Wave posted a 24-9 overall record, finished tied for second in the Conference USA regular-season standings with an 11-5 league mark, made the postseason for the fourth consecutive season and became the first Tulane team to advance to the third round of a postseason tournament with a trip to the 2013 WNIT's round of 16.
As a team, the Green Wave averaged 66.1 points, 41.6 rebounds, 16.2 assists, 9.2 steals and 4.4 blocks per game a year ago. Junior forward Tiffany Dale is back after leading the team with a .505 field goal percentage while also pacing the squad in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game, 1.3 blocks per outing last season. Also back are junior guard Jamie Kaplan, who led the team with 4.4 assists per contest in 2012-13, as well as junior guard Danielle Blagg, who is the team's leading returning scorer after averaging 9.8 points per outing on the strength of a Green Wave-best 64 3-point baskets.
Tulane connected at a .404 clip from the field in 2012-13, hitting 801-of-1985 shots from the floor, and 168-of-526 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (.319), while allowing opponents to shoot .370 overall (720-of-1944) and .299 from 3-point land (167-of-559). Green Wave opponents averaged 60.1 points, 37.6 rebounds, 13.0 assists, 9.0 steals and 2.9 blocks in 2012-13.
"I really like where we are right now," Stockton said. "We've had a couple of scrimmages and I think we've done some very good things there. Different players are emerging and that's what you expect this time or year. There are different roles for some players. Our young players are doing really well and they're going to play an important role for us. This is a team that is going to come together and develop and as we play. I'm excited. I love our enthusiasm. I love our energy and I look forward to a good year."
The Privateers, meanwhile, come to Devlin Fieldhouse with a relatively new squad as UNO returns just five student-athletes who played throughout the 2012-13 campaign. Last season, the Privateers were transitioning their way back to Division I status and finished with a 3-23 overall record.
As a team, UNO averaged 54.3 points, 34.0 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 7.7 steals and 1.9 blocks per game. The Privateers' top three scorers have all graduated and Amber Clay is the top returner after averaging 6.5 points per outing a year ago. Mathilde Fogelstrom, meanwhile, paced the club with 7.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, and is the top returning assists leader after averaging 1.7 dimes per outing last season. To make up for the losses, UNO has added one junior-college transfer, welcomes another JC product back who missed the bulk of the year due to injury, and signed seven true freshmen.
UNO connected at a .356 clip from the field in 2012-13, hitting 504-of-1414 shots from the floor, and 99-of-355 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (.279), while allowing opponents to shoot .425 overall (699-of-1644) and .345 from 3-point land (118-of-342). Privateer opponents, meanwhile, averaged 71.0 points, 43.3 rebounds, 13.7 assists, 11.7 steals and 2.7 blocks last year.
"I think that's the most interesting thing - we just don't know a whole lot about them," Stockton said of UNO. "They lost some players from last year and have lot of new players coming in this year. Friday will be very telling with what kind of style they're going to play, so we've got to be ready for anything. That's probably good for us. It's good to have your team go in and adjust as we go."
Friday's game marks the 50th time Tulane and UNO will meet on the hardwood and the Privateers hold a 30-19 advantage in the all-time series. Since Lisa Stockton took over the Green Wave program, however, Tulane is 9-1 against UNO, including wins the last two times the teams faced each other.
The series dates back to the first season of Tulane women's hoops when UNO earned a 49-37 victory on Feb. 17, 1976, on the Lakefront. The Green Wave are 15-12 against the Privateers when playing at home and have won the last 10 as the home team dating back to a 75-64 victory on Feb. 19, 1993, under then-head coach Candi Harvey. Tulane's last head-to-head contest against UNO came on Nov. 21, 2011, in then-Fogelman Arena, and the Green Wave came away from that game with an 86-39 victory.
Tulane's last loss to UNO came on Jan. 7, 2002, when the Privateers claimed a 76-69 win at the Lakefront Arena. The last time the Green Wave dropped a home game to UNO came in a 75-64 defeat on Feb. 12, 1992.
The game against the Privateers is the first of three-straight home contests for Tulane as the Green Wave will play McNeese State on Nov. 11 and Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 19.
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.
Pregame Festivities: Green Wave fans are invited to enjoy a tailgate party with free hot dogs and drinks as part of the pregame experience prior to Friday's basketball doubleheader at Devlin Fieldhouse. The party will begin at 4:30 p.m. and run up to tipoff of the women's game at 6 p.m.