Sophomore forward Tierra Jones and the Green Wave return to action on Tuesday when they take on Auburn at 6 p.m. in Alabama.
Dec. 2, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball game will look to snap a two-game skid when the Green Wave travel to Alabama to take on the Auburn Lady Tigers on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Auburn Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Tulane heads to the Heart of Dixie with a 4-2 overall record, but has dropped its last two games after falling 69-55 at North Carolina State on Nov. 24 and coming up shot at home to Ole Miss on Saturday, 89-66. Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on the flagship station of Green Wave women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 FM, and live audio is also available on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats are provided for free on the Internet via GameTracker.
Women's Basketball Falls At Auburn In WNIT Sweet 16, 72-52
As the father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer, penned in 1374, "there is an end to everything, to good things as well." That was the case for the Tulane University women's basketball team on Wednesday evening as the Green Wave fell to host Auburn in the 2013 WNIT Sweet 16, 72-52, in Auburn Arena.
Junior forward Tiffany Dale paces the team with 8.8 rebounds per game each and sophomore center Chinwe Duru headlines the defense with 2.3 blocked shots per outing. Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 7.0 assists per game and Vorpahl has a team-high 1.5 steals per contest.
Tulane is connecting at a .428 clip from the field, hitting 145-of-339 shots from the floor, and 30-of-72 tries from beyond the 3-point arc (.417), while allowing opponents to shoot .371 overall (132-of-356) and .272 from 3-point land (28-of-103). Green Wave foes are averaging 59.2 points, 35.8 rebounds, 12.8 assists, 7.5 steals and 3.0 blocks so far in 2013-14.
Auburn, meanwhile, enters the midweek match-up 4-3 on the year and fresh off a 1-1 showing at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas, Nev., where the Lady Tigers defeated Ball State, 67-51, on Friday before falling to nationally-ranked Iowa State, 68-57, on Saturday.
As a team, the Lady Tigers are averaging 66.0 points, 40.7 rebounds, 14.3 assists, 9.0 steals and 4.4 blocks per game. Tyrese Tanner leads four Auburn players averaging double figures offensively with 14.7 points per game while Hasina Muhammad, Brandy Montgomery and Tra'Cee Tanner follow with respective scoring averages of 13.0, 12.7 and 11.9. Tanner paces the team with 7.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per contest and Kiani Parker headlines the squad with 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals per outing.
Auburn is hitting 43.2 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 178-of-412 field goal attempts, including a 22-of-80 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.275). The Lady Tigers' defense has allowed opponents to post a 37.5 shooting percentage (138-of-368) and a 33.8 clip from 3-point land (49-of-145). Auburn opponents are averaging 62.0 points, 30.9 rebounds, 13.9 assists, 9.4 steals and 2.0 blocks per game.
Tuesday's game between Tulane and Auburn marks the sixth time the two teams will meet on the hardwood and the Lady Tigers hold a 4-1 lead in the all-time series. All of those games have come under the direction of head coach Lisa Stockton.
Tulane's lone win against Auburn to date came in the initial meeting when the Green Wave posted a 64-53 win on Dec. 13, 1998, in then-Fogelman Arena. Auburn won the next two games with a 75-64 overtime victory on Jan. 5, 2003, in Auburn, Ala., and a 54-37 decision on Dec. 5, 2004, in New Orleans. Last season, the Lady Tigers handed the Green Wave a pair of losses. Auburn won a regular-season contest with a second-half rally to post a 70-65 win on Nov. 28 in Devlin Fieldhouse and ended Tulane's season on March 27 with a 72-52 victory in the third round of the WNIT at Auburn Arena.
Following the game against the Lady Tigers, Tulane returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 8, when the Green Wave play host to next-door neighbor Loyola at 4 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. 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).