Nov. 16, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - The Tulane women's basketball team returns to action on Friday, as the Green Wave play host to Nicholls State at Fogelman Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The game is part of a doubleheader as the Tulane men's team will also face Nicholls State at approximately 8 p.m., on Friday.
The contest will also feature a pre-game ceremony celebrating the 1999-2000 Green Wave women's team, as banners commemorating Tulane's 2000 Conference USA Tournament title and the Wave's trip to the 2000 NCAA Tournament will be unveiled.
The Tulane women's team enters Friday's contest with a 1-1 record after dropping a hard-fought decision to Texas in the second round of the Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament on Sunday. The Wave had opened the season with an impressive 92-64 win over Grambling in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. Senior All-American Janell Burse leads the Wave with a 15.0 points per game average, while also pulling down a team-best 8.5 rebounds per game. Sophomore Britt Themann is close behind, scoring at a 14.5 points per game clip.
The Green Wave own a 21-12 lead in the all-time series and have won five straight dating back to 1991. Tulane has also won eight of the last 10 dating back to the 1987-88 campaign. Last season, the Wave started slowly before pulling away for an 81-51 victory. Themann scored a then-career high 18 points to lead five Wave players in double-figure scoring. Tulane is coached by Lisa Stockton, who has posted a record of 140-44 in six-plus seasons at Tulane.
Friday's contest marks the season opener for the Colonels, who posted a 4-23 record last season. The Colonels return all five starters from last year's team, including senior Katie Schreiter who led Nicholls with a 12.9 points per game average. The Colonels are under the direction of Louise "Do" Bonin, who has a record of 32-136 in seven seasons in Thibodaux.
Astute Tulane fans may recognize one person on the Nicholls State bench. Eric Fields, who served as Tulane's head student-manager for the past two seasons, has joined the Colonel coaching staff as a graduate assistant.
After Friday's doubleheader, Tulane returns to action on Sunday, as the Green Wave take on cross-town rival New Orleans at the Alario Center on the Westbank. Tip-off for that game has been moved to 8 p.m.