March 22, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
The Tulsa women's basketball team will face No. 1-seed and the fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Sunday, March 24, in the NCAA Championship First Round at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, California. The game is scheduled for 4:20 (CT)/2:30 pm (PT) and will be televised on ESPN2.
The Hurricane has a 17-16 overall record and had an 8-8 mark in C-USA. TU is led by Taleya Mayberry with 18.7 points per game and a team-high 116 assists and 76 steals. Kelsee Grovey nets 10.5 points per game, Tiffani Couisnard averages 8.5 points per game, a team-best 9.1 rebounds per game and has a team-leading 37 blocks, and Loren McDaniel adds 6.8 rebounds per contest.
Stanford has a 31-2 overall record, having not lost a game since falling to California on January 13th. The Cardinal is led by Chiney Ogwumike with 22.4 points per game, while Joslyn Tinkle and Amber Orrange have averaged 11.8 ppg and 10.5 ppg, respectively. Ogwumike also has a team-best 13.1 rebounds per game, Orrange has 137 assists and 55 steals, and Tinkle has 61 blocks.
This will be the first meeting between the Golden Hurricane and the Cardinal.
Tulsa Against the Top-25
Stanford is the 26th top-25 ranked opponent that the Hurricane will face on the basketball court in school history. Tulsa has not claimed a victory over a top-25 foe. Only Duke (twice) and Oklahoma (twice) were higher ranked than Stanford currently. (Duke was #1 in Dec. 2002 and #3 in Dec. 2003; Oklahoma was #4 in Nov. 2001 and #3 in Dec. 2007.)
Down the Stretch
Tulsa has won 10 of its last 13 contests, including four-straight victories from Feb. 3 through Feb. 17, and a current five-straight wins from March 7 until now. In the first 20 games of the season, TU averaged 61.5 points per game, but has a 66.7 ppg average in the last 13 contests. Of those 13 games, four were at home, five were away and four were at a neutral site.
A Scoring Force
Taleya Mayberry has scored 598 points this season to rank second on the Tulsa Single Season leaders list. She is second to Allison Curtin's (2002-03) 692 points. She also averages 18.7 ppg and has tallied 161 free throws, which are both third on the single season chart, and is fifth with 196 field goals made.
That's A Lot of Games
The Tulsa women's basketball players have already played more games in a single season than in any other year in school history, and the season isn't over. TU's NCAA First Round game will be the 34th contest on the year for TU, while the previous best was 32 during the 2005-06 season when Tulsa advanced to the NCAA Second Round.
Tulsa's Mayberry and Grovey Earn Conference USA Accolades
Taleya Mayberry and Kelsee Grovey were named to the All-Conference USA First Team and All-Freshman Team, respectively, as announced by the league office. Mayberry is just the fifth Tulsa honoree to be named to the first team and the second player to receive the honor twice, while Grovey is only the second Hurricane player to be named to the All-Freshman squad as Mayberry was tabbed to the team in 2010.
Tulsa Trio Tabbed to C-USA All-Tournament Team
Taleya Mayberry, Tiffani Couisnard and Kelsee Grovey were all tabbed to the Conference USA All-Tournament Team, while Mayberry was selected as the tournament MVP. The Hurricane trio averaged 46.8 points per game, collectively, in the tournament, while playing an average of 101.2 minutes of playing time. They pulled down 71 rebounds, had 23 assists, 20 steals eight blocks combined.
Mayberry in the Postseason
Taleya Mayberry was already a first-team All-Conference USA performer this year, but now that she is fighting to keep the season alive, she's even more impressive. Mayberry, who averages 18.7 ppg on the year, posted 25.0 ppg in the four games of the C-USA Championship. She also went from averaging 4.2 rebounds on the season to 5.0 in the four-game tournament, and led TU in assists with 12 and steals with seven.
Four Games, Three Records
Taleya Mayberry set three new Conference USA Championship records last week, as she had 100 points, 29 free throws and 40 free throw attempts in Tulsa's four games of the tournament.
At the Start
Taleya Mayberry has started all 113 career contests, the most by a TU women's basketball player. The previous best was 111 was set by Jillian Robbins from 2003-07.
Tulsa Claims Conference USA Championship
Host and No. 6 seed Tulsa captured the Conference USA Championship with a 75-66 win over eighth-seeded UCF at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., on March 16th. The road through the tournament took the Golden Hurricane from the Tulsa Convention Center, with a 74-52 win over Rice and a 75-67 win over Tulane, up to the BOK Center, where it defeated East Carolina, 72-59, and finally, UCF.
The C-USA Championship is the second in Tulsa history as the Hurricane won the title in 2006. Tulsa becomes just the second host team and lowest seed to win the conference title.
Tulsa Women's Hoops in the C-USA Championship
Tulsa has now played in eight Conference USA Championships and has a 9-6 record in tournament play. The Hurricane has captured championship titles in 2006 and 2013.
Dynamic Freshmen Duo
Kelsee Grovey and Ashley Clark may just be freshmen, but they've certainly proven themselves this season. Grovey has started in 29 of 31 games this season, averages 10.5 points and 2.6 rebounds, and has recorded 64 assists, 49 steals and four blocks on the year. Clark has earned 21 starts in 33 games, and averages 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest. She has posted 41 assists, 33 steals and nine blocks this season.
Tulsa Leads C-USA Title Race With 49 League Crowns
Since the new Conference USA was formed and began competition in the 2005-06 season, Tulsa athletic teams have won a league-best 49 Conference USA Championships, including regular season and post-season tournament titles. The next closest since 2005 is SMU with 26 C-USA titles. TU won its first crown in the 2012-13 season with a third-straight men's cross country title in October. Tulsa has added C-USA volleyball regular season and postseason titles, a men's soccer postseason crown, football West Division title and overall crown, and now a women's basketball championship.
Mayberry Scoring Force
Taleya Mayberry has scored in double digits in 85 of 113 career contests, amassing 1,724 points for a 15.2 ppg average. Of her 85 double-figure games she has scored 20 or more points in 33 games and 30 or more points five times. This year she has scored 20+ points in 15 of 32 games.
Mayberry is only the eighth women's basketball player in school history to score 1,000 career points, and is in second place on the all-time scoring chart.
Taleya Mayberry, Tiffani Couisnard and Loren McDaniel are moving up on the Tulsa Career Leader charts. Mayberry is now second in points (1,724), is third in steals (266), field goals made (590) and three-point field goals made (159), and is fourth in free throws made (385) and assists (373). Couisnard ranks third in rebounds (783), sixth in double-doubles (10) and seventh in blocks (82), and McDaniel is 10th in double-doubles (5).
Couisnard Named to C-USA Women's Basketball All-Academic Team for Third Time
Tulsa senior Tiffani Couisnard was named to the Conference USA Women's Basketball All-Academic Team, as announced by the league office. This is Couisnard's third selection to the team, as she picked up the honor in 2010 and 2012. Couisnard maintains a 3.723 GPA in psychology and sociology and will graduate in May.
In the Nation
Tulsa ranks among the nation's top-130 in three categories according the latest NCAA statistics (3/18/13). TU is 92nd in turnover margin (1.85), 101st in steals per game (9.5) and 128th in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.9).
Individually, Taleya Mayberry and Tiffani Couisnard are ranked in the nation's top-110 in three categories. Mayberry is 35th in points per game (18.7) and 106th in steals per game (2.38), and Couisnard is 79th in rebounds per game (9.1).
- Taleya Mayberry is the daughter of Lee Mayberry, former NBA star. She is the oldest of five siblings of Lee and Marla Mayberry, all girls. Her sisters range in age from 5 to 18. Her sister, Kaylan, led her Booker T. Washington High School team to a state championship exactly a week before Taleya led Tulsa to the C-USA title.
- Tiffani Couisnard is a mother to her two-year old son, Malachi. After graduation, Tiffani and her son will move to Memphis to be a part of the Teach for America program. TFA is an American non-profit organization whose mission is to "eliminate educational inequity by enlisting high-achieving recent college graduates and professionals to teach" for at least two years in low-income communities throughout the United States.
- Jessica McQuin is very active in the community, visiting with schools about the challenges she's faced growing up in a single-parent household to where she is today. She inspires kids to work hard to overcome anything they think is holding them back.
FYI, 275 of 400 TU student-athletes had a 3.0 GPA or better for the fall semester.
Tulsa Finishes 18th in Final Fall Learfield Cup Standings
After the completion of all the fall NCAA Championships, The University of Tulsa is ranked 18th in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. Tulsa has totaled 239 points and is the highest ranked team in Conference USA and in the state of Oklahoma. The next closest C-USA teams are SMU, ranked 56th, and UCF, ranked 58th. In the state of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State is ranked 24th and Oklahoma is 27th.
Tulsa's new video board was debuted on Dec. 17, 2012 and is the only one of its kind in college basketball. It is 30 feet wide and 15 feet high on the two main boards, which stretch nearly three-point line to three-point line, while the end boards are 12 feet wide by 15 feet high. All of the boards have a six-millimeter display. The video board is part of a $2 million project, which was funded with a generous donation from ONEOK, that also includes a new sound system and two 4x12 video boards.
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A Hurricane in Tulsa?
The Origination of The University of Tulsa nickname - Golden Hurricane - was created in 1922. A new football coach, Howard Archer came to town and inherited a slew of nicknames dating back to 1895. In the past, Tulsa had been named "Kendallites," "Presbyterians," "Tigers," "Orange and Black," "Tulsans," and of course, "Yellow Jackets." The team started working out in the fall with a new nickname "Yellow Jackets" which was apparently due to the fact that the team was wearing new black and yellow uniforms. The team opened the season and it was apparent that Tulsa was going to have a great year, and trying to seize some publicity for his team, Archer wanted to find a new nickname quickly. After a remark was made in practice one day about "roaring through opponents," and because of their new jersey colors, he thought of "Golden Tornadoes." But a check showed that Georgia Tech already had chosen that tag in 1917. From the tornado, he evolved meteorologically to the hurricane. A few days before the team left for a game against Texas A&M, Acher asked the squad to vote on the name, and thus "Golden Hurricane" was born.