Both games will be broadcast live on the radio on WRBH 88.3 FM or by visiting TulaneGreenWave.com. Tim Grubbs returns for his second year handling broadcast duties for the Wave. The Howard game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. Central tip while the George Mason game will tip off at 1 p.m. Central.
"We are excited to finally get started," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "Opening week of basketball is what we have worked for. We are very excited about our team; we are extremely young, right now starting two freshmen. I think this is a team that will continue to get better as we continue to get healthier. I think you will see a big difference in how this team grows and matures."
Junior guard D'Aundra Henry and senior captain Tymeka Moore will be the leaders of the Green Wave team. Moore averaged 5.2 points and 4.4 rebounds while leading the team in blocked shots last season. Henry came on strong late in the season and will move from a scoring role as a shooting guard into the point-guard position, though Stockton still expects points from her talented junior.
"We have had point guards in the past that have been top scorers for us," Stockton said. "It is exciting to have that kind of player out there because she is so quick and she is a slasher. She has matured a lot; I really think she is one of the best guards in our league coming back and we are expecting a lot from her."
The youth Stockton spoke of comes in the form of six freshmen and three sophomores. Two freshman, 6-3 forward Dominique Philpots and 6-3 center Alendra Brown started both exhibition games.
Sophomore sharp-shooter Jami Montagnino is expected to start at shooting guard. Last year as a freshman, Montagnino started 10 games, connecting on 21 three-pointers.
Stockton and the Green Wave have actually opened the season away from home in seven of her 10 years, registering a 4-3 record in those games.
"It is comfortable playing in your home arena," Stockton said. "But the one thing I like about going away this early in the season is building the team. We are away, we are traveling together and I think it is a bonding experience. You face adversity when you get on the court because you don't know what you are going to face but I think that the bonding experience is going to be very positive for us.
" Howard registered an 11-17 record last season, while George Mason posted an 18-10 record last year, including a victory against the Green Wave in New Orleans.
"I am a firm believer in building confidence and getting off to a fast start would be very important for us," Stockton said. "One thing that happened to us last year is that we lost a few close games, one and two-point games, early in the year and I think our team lost confidence. I would love to see our team come out strong, win some games and feel good about themselves, because I think that makes it easier to improve and come along during the year."