Nov. 18, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will close out its three-game, season-opening homestand on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when the Green Wave play host to in-state opponent Southeastern Louisiana in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
With wins over the University of New Orleans (81-46 on Nov. 8) and McNeese State (74-49 on Nov. 11), the Green Wave are 2-0 for the fourth-consecutive season. Tulane has started 3-0 in each of the previous three seasons, but has never won its first three contests in four straight campaigns in the 38-year history of the program.
Stockton Claims Career Victory No. 400 As Women's Hoops Downs SLU
The night belonged to Green Wave head coach Lisa Stockton - who earned her 400th win as a collegiate coach - as the Tulane University women's basketball team defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 85-57, Monday evening in Fogelman Arena.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 77.5 points, 46.5 rebounds, 18.5 assists, 8.5 steals and 7.0 blocks per game. Junior guard Jamie Kaplan, junior wing Adesuwa Ebomwonyi and freshman guard Leslie Vorpahl share team-high scoring honors with 15.0 points per game each. Sophomore center Chinwe Duru paces the squad with 11.0 rebounds per outing and 3.5 blocks per contests, and Kaplan headlines the Green Wave with 8.5 assists per outing. Ebomwonyi and sophomore forward Tierra Jones share team-high steals honors with 2.0 per ballgame apiece.
Southeastern Louisiana, meanwhile, comes to town 1-2 on the year after defeating Mobile in the season opener, 78-68, on Nov. 8 in Hammond, La., before dropping consecutive road contests to Southern (63-56 on Nov. 11) and ULM (87-77 on Nov. 15) its next two times out.
As a team, the Lady Lions are averaging 70.3 points, 43.7 rebounds, 11.0 assists, 7.0 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. Symone Miller leads four SLU players averaging double figures offensively with 20.0 points per game while Nanna Pool, Aja Gibson and Elizabeth Styles chip in with 15.3, 15.0 and 13.5 points per contest, respectively. Pool paces Southeastern with 13.0 rebounds per game and shares the team lead with 1.0 block per outing. Styles leads the team with 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals per ballgame.
Southeastern Louisiana is hitting 40.3 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 73-of-181 field goal attempts, including a 12-of-60 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.200). The Lady Lions' defense has allowed opponents to post a 40.5 shooting percentage (85-of-210) and a 15.6 clip from 3-point land (7-of-45). SLU opponents are averaging 72.7 points, 41.3 rebounds, 13.0 assists, 10.7 steals and 3.0 blocks per game.
Tuesday night's game marks the 20th meeting between Tulane and Southeastern Louisiana on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold a 13-6 lead in the all-time series. The Wave are a perfect 9-0 against Southeastern in New Orleans, including an 87-57 victory the last time the two teams squared off on Nov. 16, 2012, in then-Fogelman Arena.
The Tulane/Southeastern Louisiana series dates back to a 111-30 Lady Lions win on Feb. 2, 1976 in Hammond, La. That game was the first of two straight head-to-head wins for Southeastern Louisiana, but Tulane has now won 13 of the last 17 meetings, including a run of nine straight dating back to a 66-59 home victory on Feb. 18, 1987.
Tulane's last loss in the series was a 69-63 decision on Jan. 24, 1987, in Hammond. The Green Wave are 4-0 against Southeastern Louisiana under the direction of head coach Lisa Stockton.
After the game against the Lady Lions, Tulane returns to action on Friday, Nov. 22, when the Green Wave head to North Carolina to take on UNC-Wilmington at 6 p.m. (CST). That is the first of two-straight road games as Tulane will play at North Carolina State on Sunday, Nov. 24, before returning home to battle Ole Miss on Nov. 30.
For tickets to that game, as well as future Tulane athletics events, contact the Tulane Ticket Office. The ticket office is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson Jr. Center, and fans can also order tickets on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com or by calling (504) 861-WAVE (9283).
Let's SAAC Hunger!: The Tulane Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) is asking for donations to assist in the annual Conference USA "Let's SAAC Hunger!" food drive, which will be held through Nov. 23. Green Wave fans can donate canned goods during regular business hours at the Team Shop in the Wilson Center and anyone who donates five or more canned items will received a free Tulane hat, while supplies last. In addition, canned goods will be accepted at all Tulane home games through Nov. 23, and all donates are good for a $5 voucher to any single Tulane men's or women's basketball game throughout the month of December. Let's SAAC Hunger! is also accepting monetary donations on-line at www.YouGiveGoods.com/TulaneLetsSAACHunger through Dec. 15.