Guard Leslie Vorpahl was named Conference USA Freshman of the Week after averaging 12.7 points, 3.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 0.7 steals per game.
Nov. 25, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - After helping the Green Wave post a 2-1 mark in a five-day span, Tulane University women's basketball standout Leslie Vorpahl was named Conference USA Player of the Week, the league announced based on a panel vote of select coaches and media members.
The 5-6 rookie guard from San Antonio, Texas, earned the honor after leading the team with 12.7 points per game while chipping in with 3.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 0.7 steals last week. Along the way, Vorpahl hit 44.4 percent of her field goals (12-of-27), 46.7 percent of her 3-pointers (7-of-15) and 87.5 percent of her free throws (7-of-8). It is the first league honor of her young career, and Vorpahl is the first Tulane student-athlete to claim C-USA Freshman of the Week honors since Danielle Blagg did so on Jan. 23, 2012.
"I have been very impressed by Leslie's poise and consistency," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "She seems to gain confidence with each game she plays and I look forward to watching her progress as her career here at Tulane continues to unfold."
Vorpahl had a pair of double-figure scoring performances last week, including a season-best 22-point effort at North Carolina State on Sunday when she connected on 7-of-12 field goals, 2-of-4 from beyond the 3-point arc and converting all six of her free throw opportunities. Her point total is the highest by a Tulane player this season, surpassing the former mark of 20 by juniors Adesuwa Ebomwonyi and Jamie Kaplan.
She opened the week with 12 points, four assists and three rebounds during Tulane's 80-52 home win over Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday. During Friday's 55-50 road win at UNC-Wilmington - a decision that gave Green Wave head coach her 400th win at Tulane - Vorpahl was held to just four points but contributed in other ways with four assists, four rebounds and a steal. In Sunday's game at N.C. State, Vorpahl added three assists and a rebound.
For the season, Vorpahl leads the team in with 68 points, 13.6 points per game, 23 made field goals made and 11 3-point baskets. In addition, she ranks second on the team in assists (17), minutes played (148) and minutes per game (29.6), tied for second in steals (5), and third in free throws made (11), 3-point percentage (.524) and free throw percentage (.733).
Vorpahl and the Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Nov. 30, when Tulane plays 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).