Women's Hoops To Face C-USA Foe Marshall On Sunday
Jan. 28, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball will look to extend its two-game winning streak and do so before a national audience when the Green Wave take on Conference USA foe Marshall on Sunday, Jan. 29, in Fogelman Arena. Tipoff is slated for 11 a.m. and the game will be televised lived nationally on the Fox Sports Network.
The Tulane Athletics Ticket Office is offering special prices for Sunday's game as floor seats will sell for $10 and all others for $5. In addition, fans in attendance will receive a voucher to purchase a $3 ticket for the Feb. 5 contest vs. SMU. Free donut holes are available to all fans who attend the game against the Thundering Herd and the first 200 students to enter the building will receive free sunglasses and a rally towel. In the spirit of the upcoming Mardi Gras season, king cakes will also be awarded to the loudest section during the second half.
"I think it's great," Tulane head women's basketball coach Lisa Stockton said of playing on national television. "It's exposure for the University, our program and the city. It's a great opportunity for us, especially against an opponent that is playing well. I think it's two teams matching up that are having good seasons. You don't always know that going into the year. Hopefully, we can get a good crowd and show the kind of support that we have for Tulane basketball."
The Green Wave enter Sunday's C-USA showdown, 14-5 on the year, 3-3 in league play and riding the crest of a two-game winning streak after downing UAB 52-41 on Jan. 19 in Fogelman Arena and defeating Tulsa 66-51 on Sunday in Oklahoma.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 61.5 points, 41.8 rebounds, 14.5 assists, 10.0 steals and 4.8 blocks per game. Junior guard Olivia Grayson leads the team with a 14.3 point-per-game average while senior center Brett Benzio and freshman guard Danielle Blagg follow with marks of 9.3 and 7.9, respectively. Benzio has a team-best 9.8 rebounds per game and paces the squad with 41 blocks. Grayson leads the Wave with 59 assists and 50 steals.
Tulane is connecting at a .391 clip from the field in 2011-12, hitting 422-of-1079 shots from the floor, and 82-of-286 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (.287), while allowing opponents to shoot .341 overall (364-of-1066) and .274 from 3-point land (74-of-270). Green Wave opponents are averaging 52.3 points, 35.3 rebounds, 10.6 assists, 11.0 steals and 3.2 blocks per game so far in 2011-12.
"We know that we started off the (conference) season very tough," Stockton said. "We lost to two of the top teams by a total of three points, so we've got to take care of business from here on. We played against a UAB team that was on a roll and handled that. We went on the road and played a team that plays very well at home. That will make us better."
Marshall, meanwhile, comes to town 12-7 overall, 3-3 in conference play and looking to snap a four-game skid dating back to a 55-53 home loss to SMU on Jan. 15. In their last outing, the Thundering Herd fell to Memphis 71-58 at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
As a team, the Herd are averaging 61.4 points, 42.5 rebounds, 11.5 assists, 11.2 steals and 3.5 blocks per game. No Marshall player is averaging double figures offensively, but Lateidra Elliott paces a balanced Thundering Herd attack with 7.6 points per game. Jasmine Shaw and Erica Woods follow closely with respective scoring averages of 7.3 and 7.1. Woods paces the club with 6.2 rebounds per contest and Leandra King has a team-best 27 blocks. Elliott leads Marshall with 42 assists and Victoria Wells headlines the squad with 47 steals.
Marshall is hitting 37.5 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 405-of-1081 attempts, including an 83-of-255 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.325). The Thundering Herd defense has allowed opponents to connect at a 34.5 shooting percentage (352-of-1019) and a 26.2 clip from 3-point land (69-of-263). Marshall opponents are averaging 55.4 points, 35.7 rebounds, 10.9 assists, 10.5 steals and 3.5 blocks per game.
"They use so many players," Stockton said of Marshall. "That's going to be the most difficult task for us. They go 10-12 deep and that's always tough to prepare for. They're athletic, they shoot the ball well from the 3 and they they're going to give you different looks defensively. It's a tough challenge, and they're playing with a lot of confidence."
Sunday's game marks the eighth meeting between Tulane and Marshall on the hardwood, and the Green Wave hold a 6-1 advantage in the all-time series. All of the games have come under Stockton and have come since the Thundering Herd joined Conference USA prior to the 2005-06 season.
The Green Wave won the first head-to-head meeting with the Thundering Herd, downing Marshall 58-40 on Feb. 17, 2006, in Fogelman Arena. The win at home was the first of three consecutive victories against the Herd before Marshall posted its lone win in the series with a 65-58 decision in the opening round of the 2008 C-USA Championship in Orlando, Fla.
Since then, Tulane has won three straight against Marshall, posting a 58-54 victory on Feb. 5, 2009, a 64-54 win on Feb. 11, 2010, and a 68-38 thumping on Jan. 16, 2011. Each of those games were played at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, W.Va.
Tulane is 2-0 against the Thundering Herd in Fogelman Arena with the last meeting coming on Feb. 10, 2008, when the Wave emerged with a 61-56 win.
"I think we need to do what we're doing," Stockton added. "We need to not turn the ball over and shoot the ball well, and our defense has got to hold. That's something that we've done well, but we've got to do what we do well and keep improving on those other things. If we can do that, I feel good about our chances."
Following Sunday's game against Marshall, Tulane will travel to Greenville, N.C., for a C-USA showdown against East Carolina on Thursday, Feb. 2. That game is slated to tipoff at 6 p.m. (CST) and will be televised live on the CBS College Sports Network. From there, Tulane will return home to face SMU on Sunday, Feb. 5.
For tickets to that game and future Green Wave home events, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office either in person, over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com. The Ticket Office located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center on Ben Weiner Drive, is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.