Dec. 19, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Following an extended break for fall semester final exams, the Tulane University women's basketball team will be back in action on Friday, Dec. 20, when the Green Wave open play in the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic against Virginia at Florida Gulf Coast University's Alico Arena.
The game against the Cavaliers is one of two on tap for Tulane over the weekend as the Wave will square off against St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday. Both games are slated to tipoff at 3:30 p.m. (CST) and can be heard on the flagship station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 FM. In addition, the game will be simulcast on the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid member of the All-Access Pass, and live stats are available on-line for free.
Junior point guard Jamie Kaplan leads the four Green Wave players averaging double figures offensively with 11.6 points per game and freshman guard Leslie Vorpahl is second with an 11.5 scoring average. Junior forward Tiffany Dale paces the team with 8.4 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 holds team-high steal honors with 1.5 thefts per contest.
Tulane is connecting at a .416 clip from the field, hitting 191-of-459 shots from the floor, and 38-of-103 tries from beyond the 3-point arc (.369), while allowing opponents to shoot .379 overall (180-of-475) and .313 from 3-point land (42-of-134). Green Wave foes are averaging 60.4 points, 36.8 rebounds, 13.9 assists, 8.4 steals and 3.0 blocks so far in 2013-14.
Virginia enters the weekend 4-5 overall record and fresh off an 81-46 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Tuesday night in Charlottesville, Va.
As a team, the Cavaliers are averaging 64.4 points, 38.6 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 11.6 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. Faith Randolph leads Virginia offensively with 12.0 points per game while Ataira Franklin and Sarah Imovbioh are close behind with respective scoring averages of 11.8 and 11.0. Imovbioh paces the squad with 8.0 rebounds per outing and Kelsey Wolfe headlines the squad with 3.1 assists per contest. Lexie Gerson leads the team with 2.4 steals per outing and Franklin has a team-best three blocked shots.
Virginia is hitting 35.5 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 200-of-563 field goal attempts, including a 40-of-157 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.255). The Cavalier defense has allowed opponents to post a 39.9 shooting percentage (202-of-506) and a 28.2 clip from 3-point land (58-of-206). Virginia opponents are averaging 63.4 points, 41.9 rebounds, 14.9 assists, 7.6 steals and 2.7 blocks per game.
Saint Francis (Pa.), meanwhile, enters the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic with a 2-6 overall record and looking to snap a three-game skid after dropping an 87-77 contest at Buffalo on Dec. 4, falling 86-66 home game to Duquesne on Dec. 8 and coming up short 105-71 at Florida on Tuesday night in Gainesville, Fla. The Red Flash will play tournament host Florida Gulf Coast on Friday prior to the game against the Green Wave.
As a team, the Red Flash are averaging 76.3 points, 45.0 rebounds, 14.6 assists, 10.4 steals and 3.5 blocks per game. Allie Williams leads the Saint Francis offense with 21.9 points per game while Alexa Hayward is next with a 12.5 scoring average. Williams also paces the squad with 9.5 rebounds and 3.8 steals per outing. Aisha Brock leads the way in assists with 3.1 per game and Corissa Archer headlines the defense with 0.9 blocks per contest.
Saint Francis is hitting 36.0 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 216-of-600 field goal attempts, including a 61-of-247 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.247). The Red Flash defense has allowed opponents to post a 47.2 shooting percentage (253-of-536) and a 32.5 clip from 3-point land (37-of-114). Saint Francis opponents are averaging 94.1 points, 49.0 rebounds, 16.9 assists, 12.5 steals and 5.0 blocks per game.
Friday's game against Virginia marks the second meeting between the Green Wave and Cavaliers on the hardwood and Tulane is 1-0 in the all-time series. The lone previous meeting came on Dec. 29, 2001, when Tulane defeated Virginia, 74-63, in the championship game of the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic in Devlin Fieldhouse. Saturday's game against St. Francis, however, will be the first time the two teams have ever squared off against one another.
Following the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic, the Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Dec. 28, when they open play in the 2013 Tulane/DoubleTree Classic against Northeastern at 1 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. Day one of the DoubleTree Classic will conclude with a 3 p.m. showdown between Indiana State and Northwestern. The winner of those two games will play for the tournament title on Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. and the consolation contest is slated for 1 p.m.
For tickets to those games, 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).