Nov. 29, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to remain perfect at home and improve on a 4-1 overall record when the Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Nov. 30, when they play host to Ole Miss in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tipoff for that ballgame is slated for 2 p.m.
The game against the Rebels is the second straight against a team from a BCS league and one of six potential contest of the same variety over the Green Wave's next eight games prior to the start of the Conference USA schedule. Saturday's game will be broadcast on the flagship station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and both live video and audio streaming is available on the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats will be provided on-line for free via GameTracker.
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"I think you play good competition to challenge yourself. We're better after playing N.C. State. We learned a lot and took a lot out of that game. Playing Ole Miss, I think we'll be better after it. We're going to have to be ready to step up and play against good competition."
The Green Wave enter the weekend 4-1 on the year and looking to bounce back from a 69-55 loss to North Carolina State back on Nov. 24, in Raleigh, N.C.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 69.0 points, 43.4 rebounds, 17.0 assists, 6.8 steals and 4.4 blocks per game. Freshman guard Leslie Vorpahl is one of five Tulane players averaging double figures offensively and leads the team with 13.6 points per game. Junior point guard Jamie Kaplan is next with 11.6 points per game, followed by sophomore center Chinwe Duru, junior wing Adesuwa Ebomwonyi and junior guard Danielle Blagg with respective averages of 10.4, 10.2 and 10.0.
Tulane is connecting at a .445 clip from the field, hitting 125-of-281 shots from the floor, and 27-of-54 tries from beyond the 3-point arc (.500), while allowing opponents to shoot .340 overall (100-of-294) and .241 from 3-point land (21-of-87). Green Wave foes are averaging 53.2 points, 35.0 rebounds, 11.2 assists, 6.8 steals and 3.0 blocks so far in 2013-14.
Ole Miss, meanwhile, comes to town 4-4 on the year and riding the crest of a three-game winning streak after downing Southeastern Louisiana (96-69 on Nov. 22), Tennessee State 977-61 on Nov. 24) and ULM (78-72 on Nov. 26).
As a team, the Rebels are averaging 72.6 points, 45.9 rebounds, 12.0 assists, 8.1 steals and 3.1 blocks per game. Valencia McFarland leads two Ole Miss players averaging double figures offensively with 16.0 points per game while Tia Faleru is next with 14.8 per outing. Faleru paces the team with 10.3 rebounds per contest and McFarland headlines the squad with 5.8 assists and 2.7 steals per outing. Kenyotta Jenkins is averaging a team-high 0.8 blocks per game.
Ole Miss is hitting 36.8 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 207-of-563 field goal attempts, including a 33-of-144 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.229). The Rebels' defense has allowed opponents to post a 41.5 shooting percentage (208-of-501) and a 20.5 clip from 3-point land (27-of-132). Ole Miss opponents are averaging 71.8 points, 43.8 rebounds, 12.5 assists, 6.6 steals and 2.5 blocks per game.
Saturday's game between Tulane and Ole Miss marks the fourth time the two teams will meet on the hardwood and the Green Wave hold a 2-1 lead in the all-time series with both wins coming under Stockton's direction.
In the initial meeting, Tulane dropped an 81-51 decision to the Rebels on Dec. 10, 1994, in the Metro-SEC Challenge in Jackson, Miss. The Green Wave have won the lone match-up in New Orleans, coming away with a 69-54 victory on Nov. 30, 1996. The last time the two teams played each other came on Nov. 21, 1997, when Tulane left Oxford, Miss., with a 77-61 win.
After the game against the Rebels, Tulane will head to Alabama to take on Auburn on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Green Wave's next home contest is slated for Dec. 8 when next-door neighbor Loyola comes to Devlin for a 4 p.m. showdown. 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).