NEW ORLEANS The Tulane women’s basketball schedule hits the home stretch with four games left to go in the C USA regular season. on Senior Day.
Freshman center Brett Benzio and sophomore forward Brittany Lindsey will be key players in the battle of upper echelon post games in C USA. Each team boasts a dynamic tandem inside, as Lindsey and Benzio combine for an average of 20.7 PPG and 14.1 rebounds per contest.
The Green Wave (14 12 overall) are amid a confluence of teams jostling for position in the C USA standings. Just one game separates sixth place from ninth place with four games to go. At 6 6 and in sixth place, Tulane is mathematically alive for a top four seed and a bye to the C USA tournament quarterfinals by having three games remaining against teams ahead of them in the standings.
Tulane sits two games behind the fourth spot (Houston and UTEP are tied for fourth at 8 4), but the Cougars own the tie breaker. wholesale nfl jerseys The Green Wave would be just a game back, but were victimized by previously winless in conference Rice last Saturday in Houston. Tulane has lost its six conference games by an average of less than six points, including five games by eight points or less.
Southern Miss enters in first place, at 10 2 in C USA and 17 7 overall. The contest should be a defensive battle as Tulane (60.0 PPG allowed) and Southern Miss (61.6 PPG allowed) enter this weekend ranked first and third in scoring defense.
The Wave are 25 31 all time vs Southern Miss, but 17 11 in Fogelman Arena. Tulane has won 9 of the last 13 and 18 of the last 25.
The Eagles are seeking their first C USA regular season title in school history. The Green Wave, having missed on a pair of opportunities to climb the standings this season, can play the role of spoiler and improve their seed for the Conference USA Tournament, which will be held March 5 8 at Tulane’s Fogelman Arena.
On Saturday, Ashley Langford became the 20th player in Green Wave history to record 1,000 career points, with 1,004 for her career.
Tulane has forced 169 turnovers in the last seven games and lead C USA play in turnover margin, and takeaways with 261 forced turnovers (21.8/G)
Tulane is averaging 12.5 steals in C USA play, leading the league in C USA action, and up from the 7.7 the Green Wave ripped in non conference play.
Tulane leads C USA in scoring defense (60.0 PPG). In 22 of Tulane’s 26 games, the Wave have held opponents to 70 points or less in regulation. Only 18 Arizona State, 23 Georgia Tech, South Florida (the nation’s highest scoring team) and UTEP reached over 66 in 40 minutes.
Tulane is 12 0 this season when the Green Wave connect on a field goal percentage of 40.5 or higher.
The Green Wave are holding teams to just 53.1 PPG in their last seven games. In eight of Tulane’s 12 conference games, the Wave have held opponents 60 points or less. Four teams have been held under 52 points.
Tulane is now 1 0 all time in pink jerseys following a 72 69 win over East Carolina Sunday in Tulane’s Pink Zone game. The hero was junior Indira Kaljo with 23 pts (More below)
Indira From Deep, the Rookie of the Week
Kaljo was named C USA Rookie of the Week for Feb. 2 8, connecting on 11 of 15 (.733) from 3 pt range, averaging 22.5 PPG. She was 5 of 8 from three against Marshall for 22 points and 23 points with the game winner vs ECU.
Indira Kaljo was the story Feb. 8, scoring 23 points on 6 of 7 from three point range, including the game winning trey with 0.1 seconds left. Kaljo, who lost her mom Almadina to breast cancer, turned in an emotional performance on a day devoted to victims of breast cancer.
Brittany Lindsey has reached double figures in scoring in 20 of 26 games this season. She leads the Green Wave in scoring at 11.7 PPG. Lindsey scored 15 points and nine rebounds against SMU.
Indira Kaljo’s 54 three pointers made are the eighth most in a single season. Her .422 three point percentage would rank first in a single season at Tulane. She debutted on Tulane’s career three point percentage leaders in the top spot with 54 threes on 128 attempts.
Ashley Langford ranks sixth in school history in steals with 219. Earlier this season, she tied a Tulane record with eight steals against Temple and added seven against UAB.
Benzio’s Boardin’ as Top Rebounding Freshman
Brett Benzio’s 9.7 rebounds per game leads all NCAA freshmen. She ranks fourth in C USA in RPG. She’s reached double figures in rebounding in 14 of 26 games.
Ashley Langford is now the undisputed holder of second place on the Conference USA all time assist list with 684 in 114 games. She recorded her 10th career game with double digit assists, handing out 10 against Nicholls State.
Tulane is 22 3 dating back to last season when connecting at a higher field goal percentage than its opponent, 12 3 this year. Tulane outshot USF and Houston, but each time shot under 50% FT in a loss. Tulane is just 7 23 (2 9 this year) when posting a lower FG percentage (1 0 same).
Tulane will honor seniors Ashley Langford, Megan Valicevic and Kendra Barnes before Saturday’s 1 pm tip off.
2009 Conference USA Women’s Basketball Championship at Fogelman Arena
Tulane plays host to the C USA tournament on March 5 8 at historic Fogelman Arena. The champion of the 12 team tournament field will earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.