No. 17 DePaul Up Next for Tulane Women's Hoops

Tulane enters Friday's game with an 8-9 record, 0-4 in Conference USA play, looking to snap a five-game losing skid after an 80-71 loss at Saint Louis on Sunday

NEW ORLEANS, La.– The Tulane women's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track when it returns to Fogelman Arena seeking its first conference win of the season, hosting No. 17 DePaul at 7 p.m. on Friday and Marquette on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tulane enters Friday's game with an 8-9 record, 0-4 in Conference USA play, looking to snap a five-game losing skid after an 80-71 loss at Saint Louis on Sunday.

"Our schedule has been challenging, and this will be a big test this weekend," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "DePaul is tremendously strong, and Marquette beat DePaul. They are both strong, but have different styles."

As a team, Tulane averages 61.4 points and 36.6 rebounds per game. The Green Wave are shooting 39.8 percent on the season, while the defense allows opponents to connect at a .404 clip.

Senior forward Lakethia Hampton leads Tulane in scoring and rebounding, averaging 18.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest. D'Aundra Henry ranks second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 13.1 points per game and 4.8 caroms, and leads the club in assists with 4.5 per game.

Friday night's matchup marks the 12th meeting between the two schools on the hardwood. DePaul holds a slight edge in the overall record, having won six of the 11 contests, including the last two meetings.

The DePaul Blue Demons, picked to win Conference USA, enter Friday's game ranked No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today/WBCA poll and No. 18 in the AP poll, and are carrying an overall record of 13-3 and a mark of 2-1 in C-USA.

Last weekend the Demons cruised to conference wins against East Carolina, 99-58, on Friday and Charlotte, 103-64, Sunday afternoon. Khara Smith and Jenna Rubino combined for 55 points -31 and 25, respectively - in the win over Charlotte as the Blue Demons won their 18th straight home game.

Four DePaul regulars average double-digits, led by 2004 Conference USA Player of Year, Khara Smith, who averages 19.2 points and 11.2 boards per game. Allie Quigley is the club's second-leading scorer, chipping in 14.5 each contest, Jenni Dant and Jenna Rubino add 12.4 and 11.3 points, respectively.

"DePaul scores a lot, and I'm very impressed with their efficiency on offense," Stockton added. "Khara Smith is one of the physically strongest post players in the league. She works hard to score and has a great supporting cast; the players around her make her better."

Tickets are available for both games at the door or by calling 504-861-WAVE. For fans not able to attend the contest, the game will be broadcast live on the radio on the flagship station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 fm.

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