Women's Basketball to Face USF Friday

Hampton, who leads the Wave 16.8 points and 7.2 rebounds each outing, needs just 24 more points to become the 17th player in Tulane women's basketball history to score 1,000 points in her career. Junior guard D'Aundra Henry adds 13.3 points, 4. 8 boards and 4.14 assists per game, while sophomore sharp-shooter Jami Montagnino tosses in an average of 8.2 points.

NEW ORLEANS, La.– After playing its last three games on the road, the Tulane women's basketball team squares off against the USF Bulls on Friday night, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., as the Wave hits the Fogelman Arena court for the first time in 18 days.

Tulane enters Friday's tilt with a 10-12 record, 2-7 in Conference USA play, after Saturday's 80-73 loss at Southern Miss. Redshirt freshman guard Courtney Simmons paced Tulane with career highs in points and steals with 17 and seven, respectively. The Baton Rouge native also dished out six assists to go along with six rebounds for the second consecutive game. Senior forward Lakethia Hampton finished the night with 16 points, while freshmen Nikki Luckhurst and Dominique Philpots posted career highs with 12 points and senior guard Natalie Walsh tallied a Tulane career high with eight points off the Green Wave bench.

Hampton, who leads the Wave 16.8 points and 7.2 rebounds each outing, needs just 24 more points to become the 17th player in Tulane women's basketball history to score 1,000 points in her career. Junior guard D'Aundra Henry adds 13.3 points, 4. 8 boards and 4.14 assists per game, while sophomore sharp-shooter Jami Montagnino tosses in an average of 8.2 points.

As a team, Tulane averages 61 points and 35.8 rebounds per game. The Green Wave are shooting 39.6 percent on the season, while the defense allows opponents to connect at a .416 clip. Offensively the Bulls put up 66.0 points while allowing the opposition 56.1 points on .391 shooting.

Looking for their first conference road win of the season, the Bulls bring a record of 15-9 overall, 5-5 in league games. USF is fresh off of Monday's 68-59 win over then-league-leading Charlotte, a game in which sophomore Jessica Dickson scored 21 points and Ezria Parsons recorded her fifth double-double of the year with 11 points and 15 rebounds.

"They are a good team that has played some o the top teams in the league," Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. "I'm very impressed with their aggressive offense. They are young, but they have a lot of people that can score. Jessica Dickson is one of the better players in the league."

Dickson leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.2 points per game while Anedra Gilmore adds 10.4 points an outing. Parsons is the squad's leading rebounding, pulling down 8.8 boards a contest.

"They don't turn the ball over a lot," Stockton added. "We have to be sure that we respond well to their pressure do not turn it over because that will turn into offense for them."

Tulane has won six of the last eight meetings between the two schools and holds an 18-7 advantage in the overall series. In last year's showdown in Tampa, USF used a strong second half to post a 77-60 win over the Wave.

Following Friday's game with the USF, Tulane hosts UAB at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13. Tickets are available for both games at the door or by calling 504-861-WAVE. For fans not able to attend, 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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