Women Hit the Road With New Confidence

The Green Wave enter Friday's 6 p.m. (Central) game with a 9-10 record overall, 1-5 in Conference USA, while Charlotte brings a 16-3 overall mark, 4-1 in the league.

NEW ORLEANS, La.– Coming off of its biggest win of the season, a 74-54 victory against Marquette on Sunday, the Tulane women's basketball team hits the road with a heightened level of confidence, traveling to Charlotte and East Carolina.

"The team feels good about themselves and good about Sunday's performance," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "Success has a lot to do with confidence. To have a significant victory against a team like Marquette definitely builds confidence, and it makes a huge difference. If we can come out with the same intensity for 40 minutes like we did against Marquette, I think we will do well."

The Green Wave enter Friday's 6 p.m. (Central) game with a 9-10 record overall, 1-5 in Conference USA, while Charlotte brings a 16-3 overall mark, 4-1 in the league.

New Orleans native Lakethia Hampton leads the Wave in scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. Junior guard D'Aundra Henry ranks second on the club in scoring with 13.1 points and leads the teams in assists with 4.4 per game. Tymeka Moore, who hauled in nine rebounds on Sunday, is the squad's second-leading rebounder, collecting 4.7 boards a game.

As a team, Tulane average 61.5 points and 35.9 rebounds per game. The Green Wave shoots 39.9 percent from the field, while the defense allows opponents to connect at a .409 clip.

Tulane and Charlotte meet for the 22nd time on Friday night, and for the final regular-season Conference USA tilt as the 49ers join the Atlantic 10 Conference starting the 2005-06 season. Tulane holds a 14-7 advantage in the series, but Charlotte has won the last two meeting between the two schools.

Picked to finish sixth in the preseason C-USA poll, Charlotte sits in third-place after winning its ninth consecutive game at Halton Arena, 70-54, over East Carolina on Sunday. Sakellie Daniels tallied her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while teammate Pam Brown scored a game-high 18.

"Charlotte is a team that plays very well together, and very well at home" Stockton said. "They will really pressure us on defense, and that defense creates offense for them. Sakellie Daniels does so much for their team, she scores, rebounds and can play defense."

Daniels leads the Niners in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Brown also averages in double figures, chipping in 13.6 an outing. Charlotte scores on average 75.9 points, while the defenses hold opponents to 64.8 points per game.

Following Friday's game at Charlotte, the Green Wave travels to East Carolina, Sunday afternoon, with the opening tip slated for 1 p.m., CST.

Both games will be broadcast live on the radio on the flagship station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 FM, with Tim Grubbs calling the action.


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