Dec. 21, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 22, when the Green Wave play host to North Texas in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Tulane enters the showdown 7-2 on the year and looking to bounce back from a heart-breaking 65-64 overtime loss to Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday. Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to paid members of the All-Access Pass. Live stats are available on-line for free via GameTracker.
Dale, Kaplan Lift Women's Basketball Past North Texas, 55-47
Freshman guard Jamie Kaplan scored a season-high 15 points in her first career start and fellow rookie Tiffany Dale was even better off the bench with a career-best 16 as the Tulane University women's basketball team defeated North Texas, 55-47, Friday evening at UNT Coliseum.
Tulane is connecting at a .402 clip from the field, hitting 218-of-542 shots from the floor, and 43-of-136 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (.316), while allowing opponents to shoot .376 overall (200-of-532) and .284 from 3-point land (38-of-134). Green Wave foes are averaging 59.8 points, 35.7 rebounds, 13.8 assists, 9.2 steals and 3.4 blocks so far in 2012-13.
As a team, the Mean Green are averaging 68.3 points, 42.1 rebounds, 11.1 assists, 12.3 steals and 2.6 blocks per contest. Alexis Hyder leads North Texas with 11.8 points per game while BreAnna Dawkins and Loryn Goodwin follow with scoring averages of 11.2 and 9.2, respectively. Hyder also paces the team with 7.4 rebounds per game and nine total blocks, Goodwin leads the way with 30 steals, and Laura McCoy has a squad-best 26 assists.
North Texas is hitting 38.2 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 222-of-581 attempts, including a 49-of-180 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.272) while allowing opponents to tally a 39.5 field goal percentage (226-of-572) with a 29.6 performance from 3-point land (53-of-179). Mean Green foes are averaging 72.8 points, 44.0 rebounds, 12.4 assists, 8.3 steals and 3.8 blocks per game.
Saturday's game marks the fourth time Tulane and North Texas will meet on the hardwood and the Green Wave hold a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series. Tulane is 1-0 against the Mean Green under head coach Lisa Stockton with that victory coming last season when the Wave downed North Texas 55-47 on Dec. 9 in Denton, Texas.
The first time the two teams met came on Dec. 6, 1979, when Tulane earned an 84-44 decision. The Green Wave also defeated the Mean Green 84-68 on Jan. 12, 1981. Both games were played in then-Green Wave Gym (now Devlin Fieldhouse).
The Green Wave continue their six-game homestand on on Saturday, Dec. 29, when they open play in the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic against Eastern Michigan at 1 p.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. The DoubleTree Classic will conclude on Dec. 30 and the Green Wave will battle Loyola on Jan. 7 and open the Conference USA portion of its schedule against SMU on Jan. 10.
For tickets to those games, 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.