Women's Basketball Puts State Streak On The Line At LSU On Sunday
Dec. 7, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team will look to extend its 14-game streak against state opponents on Sunday, Dec. 9, when the Green Wave travel to Baton Rouge to take on state rival LSU at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The game is slated to begin at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast regionally on Cox Sports Television.
The Green Wave enter the contest against the Lady Tigers riding a 14-game winning streak against state foes dating back to midway through the 2010-11 season. In addition, Tulane has now won the last two games against LSU with a 54-52 victory on Nov. 23, 2010, in Baton Rouge and a 65-63 overtime win last Nov. 19 in New Orleans.
"This is a game within the state that's always a close game," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "It's always really competitive and they're playing very well right now so we'll have to be ready to play our best basketball on Sunday."
"It's definitely tougher to play away. They have a great environment there and they have great fan support so it's definitely going to be a hostile environment. It's one that this team has gone through before. Last year, we had so many freshmen going into this game and I thought that nerves would really get us. This will be an important game for us. It'll show us where we are at this point in the season, especially as we go into exams."
Tulane heads to Baton Rouge 6-1 on the year and looking to build on the momentum of a 73-58 win over UNC-Wilmington last week in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tulane is now 4-0 when playing outside the city of New Orleans.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 68.4 points, 41.7 rebounds, 16.9 assists, 8.3 steals and 3.7 blocks per game. Senior wing Janique Kautsky leads the Tulane offense with 10.3 points per game while redshirt-sophomore forward Whitney Bibbins and senior guard Olivia Grayson follow with respective scoring averages of 9.8 and 9.6. Grayson also leads the team with 6.4 rebounds per outing and 13 total steals, sophomore guard Jamie Kaplan has a team-best 31 assists, and sophomore forward Tiffany Dale paces the squad with 11 blocked shots.
Tulane is connecting at a .417 clip from the field, hitting 170-of-408 shots from the floor, and 35-of-109 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (.321), while allowing opponents to shoot .381 overall (154-of-404) and .252 from 3-point land (26-of-103). Green Wave foes are averaging 58.4 points, 34.7 rebounds, 14.1 assists, 7.9 steals and 2.9 blocks so far in 2012-13.
"I think we had a lot better tempo against UNC-Wilmington," Stockton said of her team. "I thought we got the ball down the court, got our offenses going earlier and did a nice job of rebounding which is something that plagued us against Auburn. We definitely rebounded well and that was a real positive for us. It's a different game on Sunday. Not only will we have to shoot well, but we'll have to perform pretty well."
LSU, meanwhile, enters Sunday's showdown 4-2 on the year and riding the crest of a three-game winning streak after defeating West Virginia (71-63 on Nov. 23), Florida International (76-69 on Nov. 25) and North Carolina State (81-73 on Dec. 2) the last three times out.
As a team, the Lady Tigers are averaging 71.2 points, 34.7 rebounds, 13.0 assists, 10.7 steals and 2.8 blocks per contest. Theresa Plaisance leads LSU with 17.8 points per game while Adrienne Webb and Danielle Ballard follow with scoring averages of 15.2 and 13.2, respectively. Plaisance also paces the team with 8.7 rebounds per game and 14 total blocks, Ballard has an LSU-high 17 steals, and Jeanne Kenney has a squad-best 26 assists
LSU is hitting 42.0 percent of its shots from the field, connecting on 149-of-355 attempts, including a 22-of-84 showing from beyond the 3-point line (.262) while allowing opponents to tally a 42.3 field goal percentage (137-of-324) with a 35.4 performance from 3-point land (40-of-113). Lady Tiger foes are averaging 68.8 points, 37.8 rebounds, 14.8 assists, 10.3 steals and 2.7 blocks per game.
"They really play a very guard-oriented line-up," Stockton said. "In their last game, they started four perimeter players and they really just try and out-score you. Their offense is very efficient. They do a great job of running and can really put some points on the board. That's going to be a real challenge for our defense."
Sunday afternoon's game marks the 33rd all-time meeting between Tulane and LSU on the hardwood, and the Tigers hold a commanding 27-5 advantage in the all-time series. The Green Wave are just 2-15 against the Lady Tigers in Baton Rouge but emerged victorious the last time the two teams met in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center as Tulane downed LSU 54-52 on Nov. 23, 2010. The only other previous Green Wave win in the state capital came on Feb. 18, 1995, when Tulane upended LSU, 57-50.
Following the game at LSU, Tulane will take a break for final exams before returning to the hardwood on Dec. 19 when the Green Wave play host to Louisiana-Lafayette at 11 a.m. in Devlin Fieldhouse. That will be the first of a six-game homestand as Tulane will play North Texas on Dec. 22, host the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic on Dec. 29-30, battle Loyola on Jan. 7 and open the Conference USA portion of its schedule against SMU on Jan. 10.
For tickets to those contest, 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.