Nov. 21, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - With her team sporting a 3-0 record to start the 2013-14 season, Tulane head women's basketball coach Lisa Stockton will shoot for her 400th win at the school over the weekend as the Green Wave will travel to North Carolina to take on UNC-Wilmington on Friday and North Carolina State on Sunday. Tip times for those contests are slated for 6 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
In her 20th season at the helm of the Tulane program, Stockton has a career record of 462-220, which includes a three-year stint at Greensboro College from 1987-88 through 1989-90 campaigns, and is currently 399-193 with the Wave. With at least one win over the weekend, the native of Greensboro, N.C., and graduate of Wake Forest will earn her 400th win with the program in her home state.
Women's Basketball Rolls Past UNC-Wilmington, 73-58
Senior guard Olivia Grayson and redshirt-sophomore Whitney Bibbins scored 12 points each and sophomore guard Danielle Blagg added 10 as the Tulane University women's basketball team rolled past UNC-Wilmington, 73-58, on Sunday afternoon at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Both contests will be broadcast live on the flagship station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and audio streaming is available on the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com. In addition, live stats are provided on-line for free.
The games against the Seahawks and Wolfpack will be the first regular season contests for Tulane outside of New Orleans. The team, however, will head to the airport with a full head of steam as the Green Wave have won each game so far this season by an average of 29.3 points.
With victories of 81-46 over New Orleans on Nov. 8, 74-49 over McNeese State on Nov. 11 and 80-52 over Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday night, the 2013-14 Tulane team became the first two win its first three games by at least 25 points. In addition, 88-point differential is the second-highest over the first three games in school history - sitting behind only the 2001-02 squad which won by a combined 101 points after opening that season with an 86-62 win over High Point, a 109-39 decision over Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and an 82-75 contest over Hampton.
"That's a big challenge. Now we turn and we play the ACC and have two SEC opponents in a row. The schedule really turns up and our players have to be ready to respond. We're not going to put up 80 points on those quality opponents. We've got to be ready to respond."
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 78.3 points, 48.0 rebounds, 21.0 assists, 9.0 steals and 6.0 blocks per game. Junior wing Adesuwa Ebomwonyi is one of three Tulane players averaging double figures offensively and leads the team with 15.0 points per game. Junior point guard Jamie Kaplan is next with 14.3 points per outing and freshman guard Leslie Vorpahl follows with a 14.0 average.
Ebomwonyi also paces the squad with 9.7 rebounds per game as sophomore Chinwe Duru and sophomore forward Tierra Jones are next with respective averages of 9.0 and 8.7. Duru headlines the defense with 3.3 blocked shots per outing, Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 8.7 assists per game and Ebomwonyi has a team-high 2.0 steals per contest.
Tulane is connecting at a .469 clip from the field, hitting 91-of-194 shots from the floor, and 20-of-40 tries from beyond the 3-point arc (.500), while allowing opponents to shoot .335 overall (56-of-167) and .250 from 3-point land (11-of-44). Green Wave foes are averaging 49.0 points, 31.7 rebounds, 11.3 assists, 6.3 steals and 2.3 blocks so far in 2013-14.
"I think the team is feeling confident," Stockton added. "The freshmen coming into the year really didn't know what this was all about, and I think they've come in, done such a good job and that they feel confident. They're excited. The thing that was most outstanding in watching film, and I've never said this before, is our bench. I think our bench is tremendous. They're yelling and screaming, and they're in it for 40 minutes even when we're up by a good amount. I think that really shows you what kind of teamwork we have. It really is a fun team."
UNC-Wilmington, meanwhile, enters the weekend 1-3 on the year and looking to bounce back from a 67-53 loss at Campbell on Tuesday night in Buies Creek, N.C.
As a team, the Seahawks are averaging 58.0 points, 34.0 rebounds, 9.3 assists, 10.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. Kelva Atkins leads three UNCW players averaging double figures offensively with 19.3 points per game while Brie Mobley and Naqaiyyah Teague chip in with 10.8 and 10.5 points per contest, respectively. Atkins also paces the squad with 3.8 assists and 2.5 steals per outing, and shares team-high rebounding honors with Ryan Flowers at 7.0 a game each.
The Seahawks are hitting 38.3 percent of their shots from the field, connecting on 85-of-222 field goal attempts, including an 18-of-70 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.257). The UNC-Wilmington defense has allowed opponents to post a 47.7 shooting percentage (113-of-237) and a 37.3 clip from 3-point land (19-of-51). Seahawk opponents are averaging 75.8 points, 40.0 rebounds, 18.8 assists, 7.0 steals and 4.0 blocks per game.
Friday night's game marks just the second meeting between Tulane and UNC-Wilmington on the hardwood, and the Green Wave are 1-0 against the Seahawks after earning a 73-58 home win on Dec. 2, 2012. Following Friday's game at UNCW, Tulane will bus to Raleigh for Sunday's showdown against N.C. State. From there, Tulane will return to New Orleans and the Green Wave's next home game is slated for Saturday, Nov. 30, against Ole Miss.
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).