Nov. 22, 2012
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Tulane University women's basketball team will open play in the Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday, Nov. 23, when the Green Wave take on Bradley at 5:05 p.m. (CST) at the Rolle Activity Center on the campus of Northern Arizona University.
The Wave are one of four participating teams in town as Western Michigan will take on host NAU on Friday at 3:05 p.m. The winner of Friday's contests will face each other in the tournament's title game on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. while the consolation game is slated for 3:05.
Friday's game will be broadcast live on the flagship radio station of Tulane Athletics, WIST AM 690. The game will also be carried on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. Saturday's game, however, will be an internet-only broadcast. Live stats for both games will be available free on-line.
Tulane will be facing a pair of first-time foes over the weekend as the Green Wave have never faced any of the three teams in town for the Thanksgiving Tournament. In addition to the unfamiliarity with the opponents, Tulane will also have to adjust quickly to the 6,000-foot elevation in the area.
"I think it'll definitely affect us and this will be one of those times where depth is really important," Stockton said. "We've been able to use a lot of different players, which is something that we hope will be a positive for us. It's all adversity. Going against different teams in different environments in different circumstances prepares you for the rest of the season. That's why you want to travel. We're excited and I think it's going to be a fun tournament."
Tulane enters the weekend, 3-0 on the year after downing Louisiana Tech in the season opener 66-59 on Nov. 9, defeating ULM 70-60 on Nov. 12 in Monroe, La., and rolling past Southern 65-45 on Nov. 16 in Baton Rouge, La.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 67.0 points, 40.3 rebounds, 14.7 assists, 10.7 steals and 3.3 blocks per game. Sophomore forward Tiffany Dale leads the team with 12.0 points per game followed by senior wing Janique Kautsky and sophomore guard Danielle Blagg with averages of 10.3 and 10.0, respectively. Senior guard Olivia Grayson has a team-best 7.3 rebounds per outing to go with 4.0 assists per game, and Dale paces the squad with five blocks and seven steals.
Tulane is connecting at a .441 clip from the field, hitting 71-of-161 shots from the floor, and 14-of-47 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (.298), while allowing opponents to shoot .367 overall (61-of-166) and .263 from 3-point land (10-of-38). Green Wave foes are averaging 54.7 points, 31.3 rebounds, 13.7 assists, 10.0 steals and 2.3 blocks so far in 2012-13.
"We have made progression from Louisiana Tech to Southern," Stockton said. "We've gotten better. Offensively, we've gotten into a rhythm. Defensively, we've gained some momentum. That's what you want. You want each game to build on the others. So far, we've done that and we want to do that here. The officiating might be different here, there are a lot of things that might be different but we need to adjust. We've got a huge game against Auburn going back (home) so hopefully we're a better team playing Auburn than we were when we left New Orleans."
Bradley enters the NAU Thanksgiving Tournament 2-2 on the year after sandwiching wins over Eastern Illinois (66-65 on Nov. 12) and Illinois (83-77 on Nov. 15) around losses to Central Michigan (73-58 on Nov. 9) and South Florida (605-0 on Nov. 20).
As a team, the Braves are averaging 64.2 points, 42.8 rebounds, 12.0 assists, 11.8 steals and 3.7 blocks per contest. Catie O'Leary leads the team with 11.8 points per game while Kelsey Budd and Shronda Butts follow with averages of 11.0 and 8.5, respectively. O'Leary also leads the team with 9.0 rebounds per outing while Butts paces the squad with 13 assists and five steals. Jenny Smith and Kelly Frings share team-high block honors with three each.
Bradley is hitting 37.1 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 93-of-251 attempts, including a 24-of-85 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.282) while allowing opponents to tally a 41.0 field goal percentage (111-of-271) with a 22.4 performance from 3-point land (19-of-85). Braves foes are averaging 68.8 points, 40.5 rebounds, 15.5 assists, 11.0 steals and 6.3 blocks per game.
Following the two-game trip to Flagstaff, the Green Wave return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 28, when they play host to Auburn at Devlin Fieldhouse. 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.