Nov. 13, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to continue the development of its young squad when Green Wave play host to Louisiana-Monroe on Monday, Nov. 14, at Fogelman Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
With a roster featuring seven freshmen - four true and three redshirts - the Green Wave opened the 2011-12 season on a high note with a 74-49 victory over Loyola on Friday. In that game, however, Tulane shot just 36.1 percent from the field and got to the free throw line just 12 times - numbers that are expected to improve as the season rolls along and the youngsters get more experience.
"Every game that we get under our belt, the better we'll be," Tulane head women's basketball coach Lisa Stockton said. "Opening up on Friday and then playing again on Monday should be a different experience. The first game is behind us. It'll definitely be a different kind of approach for them. They've been out there in their uniforms with fans.
"I think it's natural to have some inconsistencies with new players. They might prove me wrong and I hope they do. The thing that the new players have added to us is they play tremendously hard. When you give that effort out there, you can make a lot of things happen. Those are the things that I'm really happy with. The intensity level hasn't overwhelmed them. Making the shots go in and the decisions they make on offense will just take time."
The game is the second of four straight home games the Green Wave will play to start the year as Tulane will square off against LSU on Nov. 19 and New Orleans on Nov. 21. The game will be broadcast live on the flagship station of Tulane Athletics, WIST AM 690, and both live audio and video streaming are available on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats will be provided for free on the web via GameTracker.
In Friday's win over Loyola, junior guard Olivia Grayson had a game-high 20 points and senior center Brett Benzio pulled down 10 rebounds in the win. The Green Wave defense forced 23 Wolfpack turnovers, including 17 via steal, and held Loyola to a 22.8 field goal percentage (13-of-57).
In addition to her point total, Grayson also led the team with six of Tulane's 14 assists and added a half dozen steals to go with seven rebounds. Rookie forward Tiffany Dale joined Grayson in double figures with 13 points after connecting on six-of-seven shots from the field and hitting her lone free throw opportunity.
Fellow freshman forward Danielle Blagg was next with nine points while rookies Katye Magee, Adesuwa Ebomwonyi and Jamie Kaplan each had six. Kaplan finished second to Grayson with four assists and both she and junior guard Tyria Snow added a trio of steals.
Louisiana-Monroe, meanwhile, comes to New Orleans looking to bounce back from a 68-58 season-opening loss to Stephen F. Austin. In that game, Elizabeth Torres led three Warriors in double-figures with 18 points after sinking 6-of-12 shots from the field and going 6-for-8 from the free throw line. Jasmine Shaw was next with 14 points, to go with a team-best three assists, and Larrie Williams followed with 11. Marion Zollicoffer had 10 of the teams 42 rebounds and joined Shaw atop the leader board with a pair of blocked shots.
"Monroe always is a tremendously competitive team," Stockton said of the Warriors. "They play aggressive defense and they rebound really well. That's a trademark of the team's at Monroe since (head coach) Mona (Martin)'s been there. They have seven new people, but they're playing their returners.
"Their freshmen aren't playing key roles, and that's the difference between us. We're playing our freshmen a lot. I think it'll be a good matchup. Both teams are pretty athletic. They've got a dominant post player, and obviously Brett is somebody that is key for us. I think it'll be a great game."
Monday's game marks the 15th time the two teams will meet on the hardwood, and the Green Wave lead the all-time series, 8-6. Tulane has now won five straight games against the Warhawks dating back to 2004, including a 78-67 victory last Dec. 20, at ULM's Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The Green Wave are 4-2 against UL-Monore in Fogelman Arena.
Season tickets remain for sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. Floor seats are $100 with reserved courtside and end-court general admission going for $85 and $50, respectively. The Tulane Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center on Ben Weiner Drive, and tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone by calling 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.