Nov. 15, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to start 3-0 for the third consecutive season when the Green Wave travel to Baton Rouge to take on Southern at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.
The Green Wave head to Baton Rouge, 2-0 on the year after downing Louisiana Tech in the season opener 66-59 on Nov. 9 and defeating ULM 70-60 on Nov. 12 in Monroe, La. In addition, Tulane has now won 13 consecutive games against in-state foes dating back to 2010.
Women's Basketball Rallies To Defeat Southern, 66-59
Junior guard Olivia Grayson had a career high 29 points and senior center Brett Benzio posted her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Tulane University women's basketball team remained perfect at home with a 66-59 come-from-behind victory over Southern on Sunday afternoon at Fogelman Arena.
"The turnovers are a real problem for us right now and we've got to handle that," Stockton said. "Our turnovers aren't coming against presses. We're our own worst enemy when it comes to turnovers.
"Southern really played well against us last year and we probably should have lost that game. We came back and took it in the last little bit, but I think they're going to be very confident playing us. And playing in Baton Rouge isn't an easy place to play. We're going to have to be ready for a very hostile environment and to play a little more consistently."
The game will be broadcast on the flagship radio station of Green Wave Athletics, WIST AM 690, and the contest can also be heard on the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. Live stats will also be available on-line free of charge.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 68.0 points, 39.0 rebounds, 13.0 assists, 9.5 steals and 3.0 blocks per game. Sophomore guard Danielle Blagg leads the team with 13.0 points per game followed by fellow senior guard Tyria Snow and sophomore forward Tiffany Dale with averages of 11.0 and 10.5, respectively. Senior guard Olivia Grayson has a team-best 8.5 rebounds per outing and Dale has a trio of blocked shots to her credit. Grayson leads the squad with eight assists and the duo of Dale and senior wing Janique Kautsky share team-high steal honors with five thefts each.
Southern, meanwhile, enters Friday night's game 0-1 on the year after falling in its season opener to Louisiana-Lafayette, 71-69, at the Clark Center.
As a team, the Jaguars tallied 69 points, 41 rebounds, 13 assists, three steals and five blocks against the Ragin` Cajuns. Adrian Sanders leads the team with 15 points while Kendra Coleman and Laneisha Stephens followed with respective totals of 12 and nine. Lechell Rush pulled down a team-high six rebounds, and Sanders led the Jaguars with five assists and two steals.
Southern hit 43.5 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 27-of-62 attempts, including a 3-of-11 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.273). The Jaguars' defense held its opponent to a 40.8 shooting percentage (29-of-71) and a 23.1 clip from 3-point land (3-of-13). Southern's only opponent to date has tallied 71 points, 46 rebounds, nine assists, 14 steals and one block.
Friday's game marks the eighth time Tulane and Southern will meet on the hardwood and the Green Wave trail 3-4 in the all-time series. The Green Wave, however, are 2-0 against the Lady Jaguars under Stockton after defeating Southern 61-31 on March 17, 2011 in the opening round of the WNIT and last year's come-from-behind victory.
Tulane's only previous game at Southern came on Feb. 29, 1984, when the Green Wave dropped a 72-55 decision to the Jaguars. Southern won the first two head-to-head meetings 96-50 on Feb. 24, 1977, and 60-56 on Feb. 27, 1981, and both of those contests came in the old LAIAW State Tournaments in Ruston and Hammond, respectively. Following a 76-67 Tulane win on Feb. 24, 1983, the Jags won the next two meetings and the two teams did not play again until the 2011 WNIT.
The game against the Jaguars is the second of a four-game road swing as Tulane will fly to Flagstaff, Ariz., for the NAU Thanksgiving Tournament from Nov. 23-24 before returning home on Nov. 28, when the Wave play host to Auburn. Tipoff for that game is slated for 7 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast on Cox Sports Television.
For tickets to Tulane/Auburn contest, as well as future Green Wave events, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive, and tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.