Nov. 11, 2012
NEW ORLEANS -
The Tulane University women's basketball team will put its winning streak against state opponents on the line on Monday, Nov. 12, when the Green Wave travel to Monroe, La., to square off against ULM at 7 p.m. in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
Coming off a 66-59 season-opening win over Louisiana Tech on Friday night to open the new Devlin Fieldhouse, the Green Wave will look to extend its 12-game winning streak against Louisiana foes and open the year 2-0 for the third straight season. Monday's game will be broadcast live on the flagship station of Tulane Athletics, WIST AM 690, and can also be heard on the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com by paid members of the All-Access Pass. In addition, live stats are available for free on-line via GameTracker.
"I certainly respect the basketball in this state," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "It's tremendously strong and it's a nice thing to know, but it's an opponent. In our non-conference season, we have to go out and do well. There are a lot of different things about our team that we're working on. We have to learn our rotations. As coaches, we have to figure out what people can do at game time. Each of these games is as much of a growing experience for our staff as it is for our players. I think we have a lot of talent. It's just about being able to use it and maximize it."
In the win over the Lady Techsters, Tulane scored the first five points of the ballgame and never trailed en route to its eighth consecutive season-opening victory. Senior guard Tyria Snow led the team with 18 points followed by fellow seniors Olivia Grayson and Janique Kautsky with 12 and 11, respectively. Grayson had a team-best seven rebounds and sophomore forward Tiffany Dale posted a pair of blocked shots. Snow headlined the squad with four assists and shared team-high steal honors with Kautsky at three each.
Tulane connected at a .415 clip from the field, hitting 22-of-53 shots from the floor, and 4-of-12 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (.333), while allowing Louisiana Tech to shoot .397 overall (23-of-58) and .000 from 3-point land (0-of-10).
"Overall, I felt like we had too many turnovers in the second half," Stockton said. "We did a great job in the first half with only seven and we had 14 in the second half. We definitely have to improve on that. Defensively, we have to be able to clamp down. We certainly did in the last two minutes of the game, but I felt like they really make a run when our defense didn't stop them."
ULM, meanwhile, enters Monday night's game 0-1 on the year after falling in its season opener against Stephen F. Austin, 80-55, on Friday in Nacogdoches, Texas.
The Warhawks led the Lady Jacks 33-29 at halftime, but SFA outscored ULM 51-22 in the second half to come away with the win. Jasmine Shaw led the team with 12.0 points per game while Ashleigh Simmons and Shantrell Pierson followed with nine and eight, respectively. Shaw, Simmons and Christina Gray shared team-high rebounding honors with five per game each. Elexar Tugler paced the Warhawks with nine assists and three steals.
ULM hit 40.0 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 22-of-55 attempts, including a 2-of-9 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.222). The Warhawks' defense allowed Stephen F. Austin to tally a 41.9 shooting percentage (26-of-62) and a 21.4 clip from 3-point land (3-of-14).
"Traditionally, they play very hard defensively," Stockton said of ULM. "They're going to be all over us and be very, very aggressive. Another consistent thing about (ULM head coach) Mona Martin's teams is their offensive rebounding. I don't think there has ever been a year - and I don't care what team we've had - that we've won the rebounding battle with them. It's just something that they're well coached in.
"I got to see their game against Stephen F. Austin. I thought they did a great job in the first half and a lot of the game, and a lot of that was because they were just aggressive. It was what Louisiana Tech did to us and they're going to attack us. That's something we need to expect tomorrow. Obviously, we're not home so we may not get the calls. It's going to be a different type of game. We're going to have to play well. It'll be a game where we'll have to manage those boards and manage our turnovers."
Monday's game marks the 16th all-time meeting between Tulane and Louisiana-Monroe and the Green Wave lead the series, 9-6. Tulane is 2-2 against the Warhawks in Fant-Ewing Coliseum and are 6-1 under Stockton.
The last time the two programs met came last Nov. 14 when Tulane defeated ULM 62-45 in then-Fogelman Arena. The Green Wave have won the last two head-to-head meetings in Monroe, including a 78-67 victory on Dec. 20, 2010, and have now won six straight against the Warhawks dating back to 2004. The last time Tulane fell to UL-Monroe was on Nov. 21, 2003, when the Warhawks earned a 70-67 decision in Monroe.
Following the game in Monroe, Tulane will play at Southern on Nov. 16 and at the NAU Thanksgiving Tournament in Flagstaff, Ariz., from Nov. 23-24 before returning home to face Auburn on Nov. 28. For tickets to that game, 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.