Dec. 18, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - It has been 10 days since the last time they took the court, but the Tulane University women's basketball team will look to pick up where it left off when the Green Wave play host to Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday, Dec. 19, in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tipoff is slated for 11 a.m. and is part of a three-game day in the Fieldhouse as the men's program will host Alabama State, Pepperdine and Texas-Pan American in the Tulane Classic.
Women's Basketball Cruises Past Louisiana-Lafayette, 75-40
Junior guard Olivia Grayson scored a game-high 17 points and freshman forward Tiffany Dale posted the first double-double of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench as the Tulane University women's basketball team cruised past Louisiana-Lafayette, 75-40, on Thursday afternoon at Earl K. Long Gym.
Wednesday's game will be broadcast on the flagship radio 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 available on the Internet via GameTracker.
As a team, the Green Wave enter the showdown against UL-Lafayette averaging 68.1 points, 43.1 rebounds, 17.0 assists, 9.4 steals and 4.1 blocks per game. Redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins leads the Tulane offense with 10.4 points per game while senior wing Janique Kautsky and sophomore guard Danielle Blagg follow with respective scoring averages of 9.9 and 9.3. Sophomore forward Tiffany Dale leads the team with 6.5 rebounds per game and 11 total blocks, sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan has a team-best 38 assists, and senior guard Olivia Grayson paces the squad with 17 steals.
Louisiana-Lafayette, meanwhile, comes to town 5-5 on the year and looking to bounce back from a 55-37 home loss to UC-Riverside on Monday night.
As a team, the Ragin' Cajuns are averaging 63.1 points, 40.0 rebounds, 9.3 assists, 13.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per contest. Sylvana Okde leads UL-Lafayette with 12.6 points per game while Ashley Benjamin and Kia Wilridge follow with scoring averages of 10.3 and 9.6, respectively. Byronesha Santiago paces the team with 8.3 rebounds per game, Robbie Brown has a club-high three blocked shots, and Wilridge has a squad-best 36 assists and 34 steals.
Louisiana-Lafayette is hitting 38.0 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 239-of-629 attempts, including a 42-of-138 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.304) while allowing opponents to tally a 42.3 field goal percentage (230-of-544) with a 32.4 performance from 3-point land (44-of-136). Ragin' Cajun foes are averaging 60.6 points, 36.0 rebounds, 11.0 assists, 7.2 steals and 4.0 blocks per game.
Wednesday's game marks the 28th time Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette will meet on the hardwood and the Green Wave hold a commanding 22-5 lead in the all-time series. The Green Wave are 5-0 against the Ragin' Cajuns under head coach Lisa Stockton, including a 75-40 decision in the last meeting on Dec. 21, 2011, at Earl K. Long Gym.
Tulane is a perfect 11-0 against Louisiana-Lafayette in home games, and the last meeting came Nov. 26, 2008, when the Green Wave earned a, 80-65 victory at then-Fogelman Arena.
The series dates back to the Green Wave's first varsity season when then-USL defeated Tulane 56-44 in the Southwestern Louisiana Tournament on Jan. 23, 1976. From there, the Wave won five straight from 1977-78, and have now won seven in a row against the Cajuns. UL-Lafayette's last win over Tulane came on Jan. 30, 1991, when the Ragin` Cajuns posted a 64-58 win in Lafayette.
For tickets tomorrow's contests, 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.