Big Weekend Ahead For Tulane Women's Basketball

While the Wave battles for a tournament berth, senior forward Lakethia Hampton will also be shooting for an individual milestone this weekend. The New Orleans native, who leads Tulane with 16.3 points and 7.2 rebounds a contest, needs just one more point to become the 17th player in school history to record 1,000 in her career.

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Tulane women's basketball team, looking for a berth in the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, travels to Cincinnati and Louisville this weekend in its final road games of the regular season.

With the regular season winding down, several spots remain for the Conference USA Tournament. Entering Friday's game, Tulane is 2-9 in league play and in a three-way tie for the 12th spot with Saint Louis and Friday's opponent, Cincinnati. After Sunday's game at Louisville, a team that has already secured one of the 12 tournament seeds, the Wave plays its final regular-season home game next Saturday against Southern Miss, another team on the bubble at 3-8.

While the Wave battles for a tournament berth, senior forward Lakethia Hampton will also be shooting for an individual milestone this weekend. The New Orleans native, who leads Tulane with 16.3 points and 7.2 rebounds a contest, needs just one more point to become the 17th player in school history to record 1,000 in her career. Junior guard D'Aundra Henry leads the club in assists with 4.0 per game and ranks second in scoring and rebounding with 13.6 points and 4.8 boards per outing.

Tulane heads to Cincinnati with a 10-14 overall mark after falling short against UAB, 61-57, on Sunday afternoon at Fogelman Arena. Henry paced the Wave with 16 points while back court teammate Courtney Simmons chipped in 15.

As a team, Tulane averages 60.9 points and 36.6 rebounds per game. The Green Wave are shooting 39.3 percent on the season, while the defense allows opponents to connect at a .410 clip. Offensively, the Bearcats put up 57.3 points while opponents connect on .427 of their shots and score an average of 63.1 points a ballgame.

The Bearcats, 7-17 and 2-9, enter Friday's game on a three-game losing skid after dropping a close one at Charlotte on Sunday, 72-63. Cincinnati held its final lead at 58-56 with 1:48 to go, before Charlotte scored the next nine points to take the lead for good. Micah Harvey scored a career-high 20 points while Anne Stephens and Toni Slaughter each posted double-doubles.

Also looking for a bid to the C-USA Tournament, Cincinnati is led in the scoring column by Stephens, averaging 12.0 points a game, while Slaughter adds 10.0 per game to go along with a team-leading 6.2 rebounds per contest.

"Cincinnati is a young team like we are, and they have had a season like ours. They've played very close with some good teams and have beaten some good teams," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "They have a balanced attack and have played as a more cohesive unit in the last two weeks. The three big things for us will be rebounding, taking care of the ball and shooting the ball well."

Following Friday's game at Cincinnati, Tulane travels to Louisville on Sunday for a noon (CST) game that will be broadcast live on the Conference USA Television Network, locally on Cox Sports Television (Channel 37 in New Orleans). Both games will be broadcast live on the radio on the flagship station of Tulane women's basketball, WRBH 88.3 FM.


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