Dec. 15, 1999
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Tulane All-American Grace Daley leads then nation in scoring, according to the most recent NCAA women's basketball statistical release.
Daley, a senior from Ocala, Fla., is averaging an NCAA-best 26.4 points per game, while leading 24th-ranked Tulane to a perfect 7-0 record. In addition, junior center Janell Burse is ranked 34th nationally in scoring with a 19.7 points per game average, making Tulane the only school in the nation to have two players in the Top 34 in scoring.
As a team, Tulane is ranked fifth in scoring offense (84.7 points per game), 13th in scoring margin (+18.4) and 15th in field goal percentage (48.2)
Daley, the Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year, has yet to score fewer than 20 points in any of the Green Wave's first seven games and has posted back-to-back 30-point efforts (33 at Texas A&M, 35 vs. SMU). In the Wave's last two games, Daley is averaging 34 points, 11 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. This season she has already moved into second place on the Conference USA career scoring charts and stands fourth on the Green Wave career scoring lists with 1,742 career points. She needs just 339 points to become the all-time leading scorer in Tulane history.
Daley joins a distinguished list of Tulane athletes who ranked either first or second in a national statistical category at one point during the 1999-2000 academic year. In football, Patrick Ramsey led the nation in total offense at one point, while wide receiver JaJuan Dawson briefly led the nation in receptions per game. Volleyball standout Kim Sentmore led the nation in kills at one point, while soccer player Colleen Lake spent time as the nation's second-leading scorer.
The Tulane women's basketball team, ranked 24th by the Associated Press and 25th by the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 21 with a neutral-site game against Nicholls State. The two teams will play at the Houma Civic Center, with tip-off set for 6 p.m.