Dec. 7, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to return to its winning ways on Sunday, Dec. 8, when the Green Wave play host to next-door neighbor Loyola in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tipoff for Sunday's ballgame is slated for 4 p.m.
The Wave enter the game against the Wolfpack 4-3 on the year and looking to halt a three-game slide after falling 69-55 at North Carolina State on Nov. 24, 89-66 against Ole Miss on Nov. 30 in New Orleans and 62-52 at Auburn on Tuesday night. While the losses are hardly what the coaching staff had planned when putting the schedule together in the offseason, the games will no doubt serve as learning experiences as Tulane will look to gain momentum prior to the start of Conference USA play in early January.
Women's Basketball Sets Steals Record In 81-41 Win Over Loyola
The Green Wave defense posted a school-record 24 steals and held next-door neighbor Loyola without a field goal for the first 10:12 of the second half as the Tulane University women's basketball team wrapped up the non-conference portion of the 2012-13 season with an 81-41 victory over the Wolfpack on Monday evening in Devlin Fieldhouse.
"For us, we have to do well in the conference. That is kind of how our conference has been lined up. If we don't do well in the conference, we have a tough time of getting to the postseason. We hope that these games don't hurt us. We hope that they make us better."
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 66.1 points, 43.1 rebounds, 15.0 assists, 7.7 steals and 4.3 blocks per game. Junior point guard Jamie Kaplan leads the team offensively with 12.3 points per game and freshman guard Leslie Vorpahl is second a 10.3 scoring average. Junior forward Tiffany Dale paces the team with 9.0 rebounds per game each and sophomore center Chinwe Duru headlines the defense with 2.4 blocked shots per outing. Kaplan leads the Green Wave with 6.0 assists per game and Vorpahl shares team-high steal honors with junior wing Adesuwa Ebomwonyi at 1.3 thefts per contest apiece.
Loyola, an NAIA program which will be exhibitioning Sunday's ballgame, heads across Freret Street 6-5 on the year, 2-2 in Southern States Athletic Conference action and looking to snap a two-game skid after dropping consecutive home games after falling 74-65 to Xavier on Tuesday and coming up shy against Southern-New Orleans, 70-63, on Friday.
As a team, the Wolfpack are averaging 72.6 points, 42.0 rebounds, 14.3 assists, 9.5 steals and 1.7 blocks per game. Janeicia Neely leads Loyola offensively with 15.7 points per game while Jasmine Brewer is close behind with a 13.3 scoring average. Brewer paces the squad with 7.7 rebounds per outing and Neely headlines the squad with 4.3 assists and 1.9 steals per contest. Meghan Temple, meanwhile, headlines the defense with 0.7 blocks per game.
Loyola is hitting 43.5 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 287-of-660 field goal attempts, including a 68-of-198 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.343). The Wolfpack defense has allowed opponents to post a 37.3 shooting percentage (268-of-718) and a 30.2 clip from 3-point land (76-of-252). Loyola opponents are averaging 67.4 points, 39.7 rebounds, 13.9 assists, 11.5 steals and 2.6 blocks per game.
Sunday's game marks just the fourth regular-season meeting between Tulane and Loyola on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series.
While the two teams played regularly in the preseason when the NCAA allowed exhibition contests against non-Division I teams, the first official game came on Nov. 21, 2006, when the Green Wave posted a 94-50 win. Tulane and Loyola also played in in the 2011-12 season opener and the Wave emerged victorious in that one, 74-49, on Nov. 11, and squared off again on Jan. 7, 2013, when Tulane came away with an 81-41 win. All three of the previous games were played in what is now Devlin Fieldhouse.
Following the game against Loyola, Tulane will take some time off for final exams before heading to Fort Meyers, Fla., for the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic where the Green Wave will play Virginia on Dec. 20 and St. Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 21. Tulane's next home game is slated for Saturday, Dec. 28, when it the Wave open play in the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic at 1 p.m. against Northeastern.
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).