Senior guard Olivia Grayson and the Green Wave return to action on Sunday when they play host to UNC-Wilmington at 2 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Dec. 1, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 2, when the Green Wave play host to UNC-Wilmington at 2 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse.
Tulane enters the contest 5-1 on the year and looking to bounce back from a heart-breaking 70-65 loss to Auburn on Wednesday night in Devlin Fieldhouse. The game will be broadcast on the flagship station of Tulane Athletics, WIST AM 690, and both live audio and video will be available on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats will be provided on the Internet for free via GameTracker.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 67.7 points, 40.3 rebounds, 16.2 assists, 7.8 steals and 4.0 blocks per game. Senior wing Janique Kautsky leads the Tulane offense with 10.7 points per game while senior guard Olivia Grayson and redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins follow with respective scoring averages of 9.2 and 9.0. Grayson also leads the team with 6.5 rebounds per outing and nine total steals, sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan has a team-best 25 assists, and sophomore forward Tiffany Dale paces the squad with 10 blocked shots.
Tulane is connecting at a .427 clip from the field, hitting 143-of-335 shots from the floor, and 28-of-91 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (.308), while allowing opponents to shoot .376 overall (132-of-351) and .259 from 3-point land (21-of-81). Green Wave foes are averaging 58.5 points, 34.3 rebounds, 14.3 assists, 8.7 steals and 3.2 blocks so far in 2012-13.
UNC-Wilmington, meanwhile, comes to town 1-3 on the year and looking to build on a 59-45 home win over North Carolina Central on Wednesday.
As a team, the Seahawks are averaging 56.5 points, 40.2 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 8.5 steals and 2.5 blocks per contest. Karneshia Garrett leads UNC-Wilmington with 11.5 points per game while Kelva Atkins and Jessica Freeman follow with scoring averages of 9.8 and 8.5, respectively. Garrett also paces the team with 13.5 rebounds per game and Atkins has a club-best 10 assists. Freeman headlines the defense with nine steals and Jovana Mandic leads the team with seven blocked shots.
UNC-Wilmington is hitting 36.4 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 82-of-225 attempts, including a 17-of-78 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.218) while allowing opponents to tally a 36.8 field goal percentage (91-of-247) with a 28.6 performance from 3-point land (22-of-77). Seahawk foes are averaging 62.0 points, 41.8 rebounds, 11.3 assists, 10.8 steals and 3.8 blocks per game.
Sunday's game marks the first-ever meeting between Tulane and UNC-Wilmington on the hardwood. It will mark the third time this season the Green Wave will play a first-time foe and are 2-0 in those games to date. In last weekend's Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Tournament in Flagstaff, Ariz., Tulane won a pair of first-ever match-ups with Bradley and Western Michigan.
Following the game against UNC-Wilmington, the Green Wave will enjoy a week off before traveling to Baton Rouge to take on LSU on Sunday, Dec. 9. Tulane's next home game is slated for Dec. 19 when the Wave play host to Louisiana-Lafayette at 11 a.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse.
For tickets to that 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.