Junior forward Tiffany Dale and the Green Wave return to action on Monday when they play host to McNeese State at 7 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Nov. 10, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team continues its three-game homestand to open the 2013-14 season on Monday, Nov. 11, when the Green Wave play host to in-state rival McNeese State at 7 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Coming off an 81-46 season-opening victory over New Orleans - the largest margin of victory in an opening-day contest since defeating Hofstra 90-54 on Dec. 4, 1993, in Boston, Mass. - the Green Wave will be looking to start the 2013-14 campaign 2-0 for the fourth consecutive season. And with the game being played on Veterans Day, all military veterans will be eligible to purchase general admission tickets for $3.
New Orleans, La.
Women's Basketball Wins 17th Annual Tulane/DoubleTree Classic
Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins led three Green Wave players in double figures with game-high 25 points as the Tulane University women's basketball team closed out the 2012 portion of its schedule with a 69-63 come-from-behind win over McNeese State in the championship game of the 17th Annual Tulane/DoubleTree Classic on Sunday evening in Devlin Fieldhouse.
The game against the Cowgirls 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.
During the season-opening win over UNO, three Green Wave players posted double-doubles, including a career-best 20-point, 15-rebound performance by junior forward Adesuwa Ebomwonyi. Junior point guard Jamie Kaplan had a career-high 13 assists - a total that ranks tied for third in Tulane single-game history - to go with 10 points and a steal while sophomore center Chinwe Duru added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Duru and junior forward shared team-high block honors with four each and sophomore wing Tierra Jones had a team-best three steals.
The Green Wave held a commanding 50-29 rebounding advantage and turned 23 offensive boards into 22 second-chance points. Tulane's defense forced 21 Privateer turnovers, including 11 via steal, and turned the UNO miscues into 24 points. The Wave also used its size inside to hold a 38-16 edge in points in the paint. Despite an 0-for-9 shooting performance early on, Tulane finished the day with a 48.5 field goal percentage (32-of-66), including a 19-of-30 performance (.633) in the second half.
McNeese State, meanwhile, comes to New Orleans 1-0 on the year after defeating Wiley College, 88-69, on Friday evening at Burton Coliseum. Despite losing a pair of starters and four letterwinners from a year ago and taking the court this season with seven newcomers, the Cowgirls came away with a 19-point win in large part to Allison Baggett's 31-point performance.
Baggett was one of three McNeese players to post double-digit scoring totals as Jayln Johnson added 15 and Cecilia Okoye had 14. Okoye and Johnson both posted double-doubles as Okoye had a team-best 11 rebounds while Johnson had 10 assists.
As a team, the Cowgirls connected on 41.5 percent of their shots from the field (27-of-65) while holding Wiley to a .362 clip (25-of-69). McNeese State held a 56-42 edge in rebounding and turned 20 offensive rebounds into 22 second-chance points.
Monday's meeting between Tulane and McNeese State marks the 20th meeting between the two teams on the hardwood, and the Cowgirls hold a 12-7 lead in the all-time series. McNeese won the first 10 head-to-head meetings, but after splitting the next four games, Tulane has now won the last five match-ups with the Cowgirls.
Tulane is 6-4 against McNeese State in New Orleans, including last year's 69-63 victory in the title game of the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic on Dec. 30, 2012. The Wave's last home loss to the Cowgirls came in an 85-72 defeat on Dec. 30, 1986. McNeese State's last win in the series was an 82-80 decision back on March 1, 1993, in Lake Charles, La.
The game against the Cowgirls is the second of three-straight home contests for Tulane as the Green Wave will take on 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.