Nov. 23, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to keep the good times rolling as the Green Wave will take on host North Carolina State in a battle of unbeatens on Sunday, Nov. 24, in historic Reynolds Coliseum with tipoff slated for 1 p.m. (CST).
Both teams enter the showdown 4-0 on the year with Tulane two days removed from a 55-50 win at UNC-Wilmington while the Wolfpack dumped Morgan State,(94-52, on Nov. 18. Sunday's game will be broadcast live on the flagship station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and live audio will be available on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats will be provide on the Internet for free via GameTracker.
"It's going to be a great match-up with both teams being undefeated," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton, who claimed her 400th win at the school on Friday, said. "N.C. State really has a nice team this year. Probably more than most of the teams on our schedule, they have such a balance of inside and outside. They have a dominant post game and that will present a lot of problems. This will be a great opportunity for us."
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 72.5 points, 46.0 rebounds, 19.0 assists, 7.5 steals and 5.3 blocks per game. Junior point guard Jamie Kaplan is one of four Tulane players averaging double figures offensively and leads the team with 13.5 points per game. Junior wing Adesuwa Ebomwonyi is next with 12.8 points per outing followed by freshman guard Leslie Vorpahl and sophomore center Chinwe Duru with identical 11.5 averages.
Tulane is connecting at a .462 clip from the field, hitting 109-of-236 shots from the floor, and 22-of-46 tries from beyond the 3-point arc (.478), while allowing opponents to shoot .323 overall (75-of-232) and .203 from 3-point land (13-of-64). Green Wave foes are averaging 49.2 points, 34.0 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 6.5 steals and 2.5 blocks so far in 2013-14.
Stockton was quick to add, however, that she feels her team needs to perform better on Sunday against the Wolfpack than it did on Friday in the five-point win over the Seahawks.
"Offensively, we just didn't execute as well as we have been and we let some of the fouls that were called and the foul trouble get to us mentally," Stockton said of her team's last performance. "Hopefully we learned something from that. I am proud that we were not playing well and still found a way to win. Some players came up big. Chinwe came up big in those last four minutes and we got some big rebounds. Hopefully, we can learn something from a close game and are able to bounce back."
North Carolina State, meanwhile, will play its fifth-straight game at home to open the season and enters the ballgame averaging 79.5 points, 41.8 rebounds, 21.0 assists, 8.8 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. Markeisha Gatling leads two N.C. State players averaging double figures offensively with 12.0 points per game while Kody Burke is next with 11.5 per outing. Gatling also paces the team with 0.8 blocks per contest and Breezy Williams headlines the squad with 5.5 rebounds per contest. Len'Nique Brown has a team-best 4.0 assists per game and 1.8 steals per outing.
North Carolina State is hitting 47.0 percent of their shots from the field, connecting on 119-of-253 field goal attempts, including a 37-of-103 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.359). The Wolfpack defense has allowed opponents to post a 38.1 shooting percentage (72-of-189) and a 24.1 clip from 3-point land (13-of-54). N.C. State opponents are averaging 47.5 points, 26.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 7.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
"This area is so basketball crazy," Stockton said. "I think it will be a great experience for our kids to go to Reynolds with the great fan base that they have. It should be a good day."
Sunday's game between Tulane and North Carolina State marks the first time the two teams have met on the hardwood. The Green Wave are not entirely unfamiliar with the ACC, however, and hold a 19-27 record against team's currently in the league.
Tulane has winning records against Boston College (1-0), (2-1) and Virginia and is sub .500 vs. Duke (0-1), Florida State (7-11), Georgia Tech (0-4), Pitt (0-1) and Virginia Tech (8-9). the bulk of the Green Wave's games against both Florida State and Virginia Tech, however, came when the schools were all members of the now-defunct Metro Conference.
Under Stockton's direction, the Wave are 4-3 against schools currently in the ACC: 1-0 vs. Boston College and Virginia, 0-1 against Florida State and 0-2 vs. Miami. N.C. State is one of two ACC opponents on the 2013-14 schedule as the Green Wave will play Virginia in the opening day of the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic on Dec. 20 in Fort Meyers, Fla.
"We have a lot of games on the schedule right now that are really going to be challenges for us. You look at this one, then you turn around and play Ole Miss. We have Auburn on the schedule. We have Virginia on the schedule. We've got some tough games and this is one of those groups. This is a team that has some experience and they are playing really well right now. They're putting up a lot of numbers so we're going to have to be ready to play for 40 minutes. This is not a 38-minute game or anything. This will be a 40-minute game."
Following the game against the Wolfpack, Tulane returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 30, when the Green Wave play host to Ole Miss at 2 p.m. in New Orleans. 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).