NEW ORLEANS, La.–The Tulane University women's basketball team returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 1, when they open a seven-game homestand vs. Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m. at Fogelman Arena.
The Green Wave have played four of its first five games of the 2004-05 season on the road, and will look to get fat on some home cooking as Tulane does not play a game outside the City of New Orleans until a Jan. 2 showdown with LSU in Baton Rouge. Tulane enters the ULM contest 3-2 on the young season after a 2-1 week that saw Tulane sandwich wins over Jacksonville State (54-51 on Tuesday) and Texas State (74-71 on Saturday) around a loss to Texas A&M (79-64 on Friday).
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 62.6 points and 35.4 rebounds per game and are shooting 43.3 percent from the field while holding opponents to a .412 clip.
Junior guard D'Aundra Henry leads the team with 14.0 points per game. Sophomore guard Jami Montagnino is second with 6.8 points per game, while freshman guard Courtney Simmons and senior forward Tymeka Moore are close behind with an average of 6.6 each. Moore leads the club with 6.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per outing, and Henry leads the squad with 4.6 assists per night.
Louisiana-Monroe, meanwhile, enters Wednesday night's game 2-1 on the year after winning its first two games of the year over UNO (60-46 on Nov. 22) and South Alabama (69-56 on Nov. 26) before falling to Memphis 71-67 on Saturday.
As a team, the Indians are averaging 65.3 points and 39.7 rebounds per game and are shooting 40.0 percent from the field while allowing opponents to connect at a .419 clip.
Senior guard Gerline Guilaume leads the team with 9.7 points per game, followed closely by senior forward Nina Randle and sophomore guard April O'Neal with averages of 9.0 and 8.7, respectively. Randle leads the club with 7.0 rebounds per game, and O'Neal heads the club with 19 assists.
Wednesday's matchup with Louisiana-Monroe marks the 10th meeting between the two schools on the hardwood, and the Indians hold a 6-3 advantage in the all-time series. Five of ULM's wins came back in the 1970s, and Tulane had won its previous two meetings vs. the Indians (80-59 on Feb. 26, 1981 and 78-75 on March 24, 1994) before dropping the season-opener at Monroe last season, 70-67.
For ticket information, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE. For fans who are unable to attend Wednesday night's game, the action will be carried live on the radio on the flagship station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 FM. Live stats will also be provided via GameTracker on the web at www.tulanegreenwave.com.
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