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Posted March 9, 2012

C-USA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

 

C-USA WBK Game 4: Rice 64, Houston 50

TULANE OPENS DAY 2 OF 2012 C-USA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 67-51 WIN OVER EAST CAROLINA

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Olivia Grayson had 23 points and Danielle Blagg scored 18 of her 19 points on the strength of six 3-pointers as third-seeded Tulane defeated No. 11 seed East Carolina, 67-51, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship on Thursday afternoon at the University of Memphis' Elma Roane Fieldhouse.



Grayson was 6-of-10 from the field - including a 3-for-3 performance from beyond the 3-point arc - and hit all eight of her free throws to lead the Green Wave effort. Blagg's half-dozen treys are tied for the fourth-most in C-USA Championship history.



With the win, Tulane improves to 21-9 on the year and advances to take on the winner of today's Memphis/SMU match-up in the semifinals on Friday at the FedEx Forum. Tipoff for that game is slated for
10 a.m. East Carolina, meanwhile, saw its winning streak snapped at four to conclude the 2011-12 season 12-19.



As a team, the Green Wave hit 45.7 percent of their shots from the field (21-of-46), including an 11-of-21 performance in the second half. Tulane was 9-of-14 from 3-point land against the Pirates (.643) and hit five of its six attempts from beyond the arc following halftime. Defensively, the Wave held East Carolina to a .317 clip (19-of-60).



Tyria Snow joined Blagg and Grayson in double figures, adding 10 points to go with four assists and a pair of rebounds. Grayson paced the squad six assists and six steals while pulling down five rebounds. Brett Benzio had a game-best 11 boards and finished one bucket shy of a double-double after sinking three field goals and a pair of free throws.



Tulane raced out to a 12-2 advantage 4:32 into the ballgame and never trailed at any point during the ballgame. A Blagg 3-pointer with 3:57 to play in the frame pushed the lead to 11 and a Snow free throw 35 seconds later made it a 29-17 affair. East Carolina, however, scored the final four points of the half on layups by Celeste Stewart and Chareya Smith to cut the Green Wave edge to eight at halftime.



The Green Wave pushed their lead back to double digits on a Grayson bucket to open the second half, but East Carolina rallied with an 8-4 run to make it a six-point affair at 35-29 with 16:39 left in regulation. Tulane responded by scoring 10 of the game's next 12 points to make it a 14-point affair and the lead dipped below 10 just once the rest of the way.



East Carolina made it 52-45 when Shala Hodges drained a 3-pointer with 9:32 on the clock. Grayson followed with a trey of her own while Adesuwa Ebomwonyi and Snow added buckets to make it 59-45 and the Pirates would get no closer than 10 over the final seven minutes.



Hodges led the Pirates with 10 points while Smith, Stewart and Kristine Mial added nine apiece. Hodges and Smith shared team-high rebounding honors with five each and Stewart paced the club with four steals and three assists.





2012 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship Schedule

Elma Roane Fieldhouse &
FedExforum

Memphis
, Tenn.



FIRST ROUNDS - Wednesday, March 7

Morning Session

Game 1:   (11) East Carolina 59, (6) Tulsa 49

Game 2:   (10) SMU 53, (7) Marshall 52

Afternoon Session

Game 3:   (9) Southern Miss 71, (8) UCF 49 

Game 4:   (5) Rice 64, (12) Houston 50 



QUARTERFINALS - Thursday, March 8

Morning Session

Game 5:   (3) Tulane 67, (11) East Carolina 51

Game 6:   (10) SMU vs. (2) Memphis                                    1:30 p.m. 

Afternoon Session

Game 7:   (9) Southern Miss vs. (1) UTEP                                  5 p.m. 

Game 8:   (5) Rice vs. (4) UAB                                                   7:30 p.m. 



SEMIFINALS - Friday, March 9

Game 9:   (3) Tulane vs. Winner between game 6 10 a.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)

Game 10: Winners between game 7 & 8 12:30 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday, March 10

Game 11: Winners between game 9 & 10 7 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



Central Time



Championship Central - http://www.conferenceusa.com/championships/w-baskbl-championship-12.html


***

C-USA WBK Game8: UAB 72, Rice 46

 

UAB GETS OFFENSIVE IN 72-46 ROUTE OF RICE IN DAY 2 OF C-USA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Known for their defensive prowess through the season, fourth-seeded UAB flexed its offensive muscles on Thursday en route to a 72-46 win over No. 5 seed Rice in the 2012 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship Quarterfinals at the University of Memphis' Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

The Blazers connected on a season-best 53.8 percent of their shots from the field (28-of-52), including a 16-of-28 performance in the second half (.571). In addition, UAB's point production tied the high-water mark for the team this year as the Blazers equaled the scoring total of their 72-42 victory at UNC-Greensboro back on Dec. 6.

With the win, UAB improves to 19-10 on the year and advances to the C-USA Championship Semifinals where the Blazers will take on the regular-season conference champs and top-seeded UTEP on Thursday at the FedEx Forum. Tipoff for that game is slated for 12:30 p.m. and will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network. Rice, meanwhile, concludes the 2011-12 season with a 16-15 record.

Forward Karisma Chapman led three Blazers in double figures with a game-high 19 points while also leading the squad with six steals. LaShaundra Pratt was next offensively with 17 points, after drilling 7-of-15 field goal attempts, and Khalilah Watson came off the bench to tally 13. Chapman and Amber Jones shared team-high assists honors with three each.

The Blazers out-rebounded Rice, 36-29, and turned 15 offensive boards into 19 second-chance points. The UAB defense forced 19 turnovers - including 13 via steal - and turned the Owls' miscues into another 21 points.

UAB wasted little time jumping on Rice, scoreingthe first four points and never trailing at any point. The Blazers went ahead by 10 at 22-12 lead with 7:42 to play in the first half and the closest the Owls would get the rest of the way was seven when Jessica Kuster converted a three-point play with 1:21 to play in the opening stanza. A Watson layup and a pair of Pratt free throws put UAB up 32-21, but Rice's D'Franz Smart nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 32-24 at the break.

Pratt put her team up by 11 with a jumper 1:49 into the second half and the lead never dipped below double digits again. It remained an 11-point contest at the
17:14 mark but UAB quieted any talk of a Rice comeback with a 12-0 run over the next 4:29 and the lead swelled to as many as 30 at 72-42 with 1:09 on the clock. A layup by Nakachi Maduka and a basket by Maya Adetula over the final minute accounted for the final score.

Kuster led Rice with 16 points, eight rebounds and one block. Maduka was next for the Owls with eight points and four rebounds, and paced the squad with a pair of steals. Smart headlined the club with a game-high seven assists.



2012 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship Schedule

Elma Roane Fieldhouse &
FedExForum

Memphis
, Tenn.



FIRST ROUNDS - Wednesday, March 7

Morning Session

Game 1:   (11) East Carolina 59, (6) Tulsa 49

Game 2:   (10) SMU 53, (7) Marshall 52

Afternoon Session

Game 3:   (9) Southern Miss 71, (8) UCF 49 

Game 4:   (5) Rice 64, (12) Houston 50 



QUARTERFINALS - Thursday, March 8

Morning Session

Game 5:   (3) Tulane 67, (11) East Carolina 51

Game 6:   (2) Memphis 77, (10) SMU  67 

Afternoon Session

Game 7:   (1) UTEP 92, (9) Southern Miss 79 

Game 8:   (4) UAB 72, (5) Rice 46 



SEMIFINALS - Friday, March 9

Game 9:   (3) Tulane vs. (2) Memphis  (CBSSN)         10 a.m.

Game 10: (4) UAB vs. (1) UTEP (CBSSN)                      12:30 p.m.



CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday, March 10

Game 11: Winners between game 9 & 10                   7 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



Central Time



Championship Central - http://www.conferenceusa.com/championships/w-baskbl-championship-12.html

 

***

March 8, 2012

UTEP EDGES SOUTHERN MISS IN C-USA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS, 92-79



MEMPHIS, Tenn. - It was a game that featured a little bit of everything: 171 combined points, 53 total baskets, 19 3-pointers, 46 free throws made, 62 shots from the charity stripe, 75 rebounds, 30 assists, 19 steals and 11 blocked shots.



When the clock finally hit zero, it was regular-season champ UTEP and top-seeded UTEP which came out on top as the Miners defeated No. 9 seed Southern Miss, 92-79, in the 2012 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship Quarterfinals on Thursday evening at the
University of Memphis' Elma Roane Fieldhouse.



The combined point total was tied for the fourth-highest output in the history of the league championship tournament, equaling the mark set by Tulane and DePaul in an 88-83 Green Wave quarterfinal win on March 2, 2002, in Chicago, Ill., and was just nine points shy of the all-time record of 180 established by East Carolina (102) and Southern Miss on March 8, 2010, in Tulsa, Okla. In addition, UTEP's 92 points against the Lady Eagles is the fifth-highest single-season total in the 17-year history of the C-USA Championship.



With the win, UTEP advances to the C-USA Championship Semifinals where the Miners will take on the winner of tonight's UAB/Rice matchup on Thursday at the FedEx Forum. Tipoff for that game is slated for 12:30 p.m. and will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network. Southern Miss, meanwhile, concludes the 2011-12 season with a 13-18 record.



Center Gloria Brown led five UTEP players in double figures, coming off the bench to score 19 points while pulling down six rebounds and blocking three shots. Erika Warren was next for the Miners with 17 points, followed by Kelli Willingham with 13, Kayla Thornton with 11 and Anete Steinberga with 10.



Thornton posted the game's lone double-double with 10 rebounds to go with her point production while sharing team-high block honors with Brown. Willingham led UTEP with five assists and both Brown and Melissa Mendes had two of the team's eight thefts.



As a team, the Miners hit 52.8 percent of their shots for the game (28-of-53) and eight of the 13 players to take the court for the regular-season champs had at least eight points. UTEP out-rebounded Southern Miss, 42-33, and turned 12 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points.



The Southern Miss defense forced 23 turnovers - including 11 via steal - and turned the Miners' miscues into 21 points. UTEP, however, took advantage of 24 Lady Eagles' personal fouls to connect on 27-of-36 free throws.



UTEP got off to a red-hot start and scored the first six points of the game. Southern Miss rallied with a 13-5 run to take a 13-11 lead 4:50 into the contest and held a four-point edge at 20-16 just under two minutes later. The Miners, however, got a 3-pointer by Melisa Allen to cut the deficit to one and went ahead for good on an Erika Warren layup with 12:18 to go before the break The UTEP advantage swelled to as many as 10 at 40-30 with 3:34 on the clock and it remained a double-digit affair at halftime as the Miners went into the locker room on top 48-38.



The UTEP lead remained in double digits for the bulk of the second half and the Miners led by as many as 17 at 79-62 with 5:13 left to play. Southern Miss, meanwhile, showed no quit and whittled the deficit down to eight when Taneka Carey capped a 14-6 Lady Eagles run by draining a 3-pointer while getting fouled and converting the ensuing free throw to make it an 84-76 contest 2:32 later.



That was as close as Southern Miss would get the rest of the way as UTEP scored 10 straight points to all but put the game away. Jamierra Faulkner hit a layup with 46 seconds to play and Carey hit a free throw 22 seconds later to account for the final score.



Faulkner led Southern Miss with a game-high 27 points to go with a team-best five assists and three steals. Carey was next for the Lady Eagles offensively with 17 points, followed by Sedreka Plummer with 16 and Niesha Pierce with 11. Carey led the Lady Eagles with nine rebounds while Pierce had two of the team's three blocks.



2012 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship Schedule

Elma Roane Fieldhouse &
FedExForum

Memphis
, Tenn.



FIRST ROUNDS - Wednesday, March 7

Morning Session

Game 1:   (11) East Carolina 59, (6) Tulsa 49

Game 2:   (10) SMU 53, (7) Marshall 52

Afternoon Session

Game 3:   (9) Southern Miss 71, (8) UCF 49 

Game 4:   (5) Rice 64, (12) Houston 50 



QUARTERFINALS - Thursday, March 8

Morning Session

Game 5:   (3) Tulane 67, (11) East Carolina 51

Game 6:   (2) Memphis 77, (10) SMU  67 

Afternoon Session

Game 7:   (1) UTEP 92, (9) Southern Miss 79 

Game 8:   (5) Rice vs. (4) UAB                                       7:30 p.m. 



SEMIFINALS - Friday, March 9

Game 9:   (3) Tulane vs. (2) Memphis  (CBSSN)         10 a.m.

Game 10: (1) UTEP vs. winners game 8                     12:30 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday, March 10

Game 11: Winners between game 9 & 10                   7 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



Central Time



Championship Central - http://www.conferenceusa.com/championships/w-baskbl-championship-12.html



 

*** 

March 8, 2012

2012 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship Schedule

Elma Roane Fieldhouse &
FedExForum

Memphis
, Tenn.



FIRST ROUNDS - Wednesday, March 7

Morning Session

Game 1:   (11) East Carolina 59, (6) Tulsa 49

Game 2:   (10) SMU 53, (7) Marshall 52

Afternoon Session

Game 3:   (9) Southern Miss 71, (8) UCF 49 

Game 4:   (5) Rice 64, (12) Houston 50 



QUARTERFINALS - Thursday, March 8

Morning Session

Game 5:   (3) Tulane 67, (11) East Carolina 51

Game 6:   (2) Memphis 77, (10) SMU  67 

Afternoon Session

Game 7:   (9) Southern Miss vs. (1) UTEP                   5 p.m. 

Game 8:   (5) Rice vs. (4) UAB                                       7:30 p.m. 



SEMIFINALS - Friday, March 9

Game 9:   (3) Tulane vs. (2) Memphis  (CBSSN)         10 a.m.

Game 10: Winners between game 7 & 8                     12:30 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday, March 10

Game 11: Winners between game 9 & 10                   7 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



Central Time
 

***

March 8, 2012

TULANE OPENS DAY 2 OF 2012 C-USA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 67-51 WIN OVER EAST CAROLINA


MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Olivia Grayson had 23 points and Danielle Blagg scored 18 of her 19 points on the strength of six 3-pointers as third-seeded Tulane defeated No. 11 seed East Carolina, 67-51, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship on Thursday afternoon at the University of Memphis' Elma Roane Fieldhouse.


Grayson was 6-of-10 from the field - including a 3-for-3 performance from beyond the 3-point arc - and hit all eight of her free throws to lead the Green Wave effort. Blagg's half-dozen treys are tied for the fourth-most in C-USA Championship history.


With the win, Tulane improves to 21-9 on the year and advances to take on the winner of today's Memphis/SMU match-up in the semifinals on Friday at the FedEx Forum. Tipoff for that game is slated for
10 a.m. East Carolina, meanwhile, saw its winning streak snapped at four to conclude the 2011-12 season 12-19.


As a team, the Green Wave hit 45.7 percent of their shots from the field (21-of-46), including an 11-of-21 performance in the second half. Tulane was 9-of-14 from 3-point land against the Pirates (.643) and hit five of its six attempts from beyond the arc following halftime. Defensively, the Wave held East Carolina to a .317 clip (19-of-60).


Tyria Snow joined Blagg and Grayson in double figures, adding 10 points to go with four assists and a pair of rebounds. Grayson paced the squad six assists and six steals while pulling down five rebounds. Brett Benzio had a game-best 11 boards and finished one bucket shy of a double-double after sinking three field goals and a pair of free throws.



Tulane raced out to a 12-2 advantage 4:32 into the ballgame and never trailed at any point during the ballgame. A Blagg 3-pointer with 3:57 to play in the frame pushed the lead to 11 and a Snow free throw 35 seconds later made it a 29-17 affair. East Carolina, however, scored the final four points of the half on layups by Celeste Stewart and Chareya Smith to cut the Green Wave edge to eight at halftime.



The Green Wave pushed their lead back to double digits on a Grayson bucket to open the second half, but East Carolina rallied with an 8-4 run to make it a six-point affair at 35-29 with 16:39 left in regulation. Tulane responded by scoring 10 of the game's next 12 points to make it a 14-point affair and the lead dipped below 10 just once the rest of the way.



East Carolina made it 52-45 when Shala Hodges drained a 3-pointer with 9:32 on the clock. Grayson followed with a trey of her own while Adesuwa Ebomwonyi and Snow added buckets to make it 59-45 and the Pirates would get no closer than 10 over the final seven minutes.



Hodges led the Pirates with 10 points while Smith, Stewart and Kristine Mial added nine apiece. Hodges and Smith shared team-high rebounding honors with five each and Stewart paced the club with four steals and three assists.


2012 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship Schedule

Elma Roane Fieldhouse &
FedExforum

Memphis
, Tenn.


FIRST ROUNDS - Wednesday, March 7

Morning Session

Game 1:   (11) East Carolina 59, (6) Tulsa 49

Game 2:   (10) SMU 53, (7) Marshall 52

Afternoon Session

Game 3:   (9) Southern Miss 71, (8) UCF 49 

Game 4:   (5) Rice 64, (12) Houston 50 



QUARTERFINALS - Thursday, March 8

Morning Session

Game 5:   (3) Tulane 67, (11) East Carolina 51

Game 6:   (10) SMU vs. (2) Memphis                                    1:30 p.m. 

Afternoon Session

Game 7:   (9) Southern Miss vs. (1) UTEP                                  5 p.m. 

Game 8:   (5) Rice vs. (4) UAB                                                   7:30 p.m. 



SEMIFINALS - Friday, March 9

Game 9:   (3) Tulane vs. Winner between game 6         10 a.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)

Game 10: Winners between game 7 & 8                     12:30 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday, March 10

Game 11: Winners between game 9 & 10                             7 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



Central Time



Championship Central - http://www.conferenceusa.com/championships/w-baskbl-championship-12.html



 

 

XXX

 

March 8, 2012

 

2012 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship Schedule

Elma Roane Fieldhouse &
FedExForum

Memphis
, Tenn.



FIRST ROUNDS - Wednesday, March 7

Morning Session

Game 1:   (11) East Carolina 59, (6) Tulsa 49

Game 2:   (10) SMU 53, (7) Marshall 52

Afternoon Session

Game 3:   (9) Southern Miss 71, (8) UCF 49 

Game 4:   (5) Rice 64, (12) Houston 50 



QUARTERFINALS - Thursday, March 8

Morning Session

Game 5:   (3) Tulane 67, (11) East Carolina 51

Game 6:   (2) Memphis 77, (10) SMU  67 

Afternoon Session

Game 7:   (9) Southern Miss vs. (1) UTEP                   5 p.m. 

Game 8:   (5) Rice vs. (4) UAB                                       7:30 p.m. 



SEMIFINALS - Friday, March 9

Game 9:   (3) Tulane vs. (2) Memphis  (CBSSN)  10 a.m.

Game 10: Winners between game 7 & 8                     12:30 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday, March 10

Game 11: Winners between game 9 & 10        7 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



Central Time



Championship Central - http://www.conferenceusa.com/championships/w-baskbl-championship-12.html <http://mail.c-usa.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.conferenceusa.com/championships/w-baskbl-championship-12.html>



 

 

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March 8, 2012

 

 

TULANE OPENS DAY 2 OF 2012 C-USA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 67-51 WIN OVER EAST CAROLINA



MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Olivia Grayson had 23 points and Danielle Blagg scored 18 of her 19 points on the strength of six 3-pointers as third-seeded Tulane defeated No. 11 seed East Carolina, 67-51, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship on Thursday afternoon at the
University of Memphis' Elma Roane Fieldhouse.



Grayson was 6-of-10 from the field - including a 3-for-3 performance from beyond the 3-point arc - and hit all eight of her free throws to lead the Green Wave effort. Blagg's half-dozen treys are tied for the fourth-most in C-USA Championship history.



With the win, Tulane improves to 21-9 on the year and advances to take on the winner of today's Memphis/SMU match-up in the semifinals on Friday at the FedEx Forum. Tipoff for that game is slated for 10 a.m. East Carolina, meanwhile, saw its winning streak snapped at four to conclude the 2011-12 season 12-19.



As a team, the Green Wave hit 45.7 percent of their shots from the field (21-of-46), including an 11-of-21 performance in the second half. Tulane was 9-of-14 from 3-point land against the Pirates (.643) and hit five of its six attempts from beyond the arc following halftime. Defensively, the Wave held East Carolina to a .317 clip (19-of-60).



Tyria Snow joined Blagg and Grayson in double figures, adding 10 points to go with four assists and a pair of rebounds. Grayson paced the squad six assists and six steals while pulling down five rebounds. Brett Benzio had a game-best 11 boards and finished one bucket shy of a double-double after sinking three field goals and a pair of free throws.



Tulane raced out to a 12-2 advantage 4:32 into the ballgame and never trailed at any point during the ballgame. A Blagg 3-pointer with 3:57 to play in the frame pushed the lead to 11 and a Snow free throw 35 seconds later made it a 29-17 affair. East Carolina, however, scored the final four points of the half on layups by Celeste Stewart and Chareya Smith to cut the Green Wave edge to eight at halftime.



The Green Wave pushed their lead back to double digits on a Grayson bucket to open the second half, but East Carolina rallied with an 8-4 run to make it a six-point affair at 35-29 with 16:39 left in regulation. Tulane responded by scoring 10 of the game's next 12 points to make it a 14-point affair and the lead dipped below 10 just once the rest of the way.



East Carolina made it 52-45 when Shala Hodges drained a 3-pointer with 9:32 on the clock. Grayson followed with a trey of her own while Adesuwa Ebomwonyi and Snow added buckets to make it 59-45 and the Pirates would get no closer than 10 over the final seven minutes.



Hodges led the Pirates with 10 points while Smith, Stewart and Kristine Mial added nine apiece. Hodges and Smith shared team-high rebounding honors with five each and Stewart paced the club with four steals and three assists.





2012 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship Schedule

Elma Roane Fieldhouse &
FedExforum

Memphis
, Tenn.



FIRST ROUNDS - Wednesday, March 7

Morning Session

Game 1:   (11) East Carolina 59, (6) Tulsa 49

Game 2:   (10) SMU 53, (7) Marshall 52

Afternoon Session

Game 3:   (9) Southern Miss 71, (8) UCF 49 

Game 4:   (5) Rice 64, (12) Houston 50 



QUARTERFINALS - Thursday, March 8

Morning Session

Game 5:   (3) Tulane 67, (11) East Carolina 51

Game 6:   (10) SMU vs. (2) Memphis                                    1:30 p.m. 

Afternoon Session

Game 7:   (9) Southern Miss vs. (1) UTEP                                  5 p.m. 

Game 8:   (5) Rice vs. (4) UAB                                                   7:30 p.m. 



SEMIFINALS - Friday, March 9

Game 9:   (3) Tulane vs. Winner between game 6   10 a.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)

Game 10: Winners between game 7 & 8                     12:30 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday, March 10

Game 11: Winners between game 9 & 10                             7 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



Central Time



Championship Central - http://www.conferenceusa.com/championships/w-baskbl-championship-12.html

***

March 8, 2012

 

TULANE OPENS DAY 2 OF 2012 C-USA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 67-51 WIN OVER EAST CAROLINA


MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Olivia Grayson had 23 points and Danielle Blagg scored 18 of her 19 points on the strength of six 3-pointers as third-seeded Tulane defeated No. 11 seed East Carolina, 67-51, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship on Thursday afternoon at the University of Memphis' Elma Roane Fieldhouse.



Grayson was 6-of-10 from the field - including a 3-for-3 performance from beyond the 3-point arc - and hit all eight of her free throws to lead the Green Wave effort. Blagg's half-dozen treys are tied for the fourth-most in C-USA Championship history.



With the win, Tulane improves to 21-9 on the year and advances to take on the winner of today's Memphis/SMU match-up in the semifinals on Friday at the FedEx Forum. Tipoff for that game is slated for 10 a.m. East Carolina, meanwhile, saw its winning streak snapped at four to conclude the 2011-12 season 12-19.



As a team, the Green Wave hit 45.7 percent of their shots from the field (21-of-46), including an 11-of-21 performance in the second half. Tulane was 9-of-14 from 3-point land against the Pirates (.643) and hit five of its six attempts from beyond the arc following halftime. Defensively, the Wave held East Carolina to a .317 clip (19-of-60).



Tyria Snow joined Blagg and Grayson in double figures, adding 10 points to go with four assists and a pair of rebounds. Grayson paced the squad six assists and six steals while pulling down five rebounds. Brett Benzio had a game-best 11 boards and finished one bucket shy of a double-double after sinking three field goals and a pair of free throws.



Tulane raced out to a 12-2 advantage 4:32 into the ballgame and never trailed at any point during the ballgame. A Blagg 3-pointer with 3:57 to play in the frame pushed the lead to 11 and a Snow free throw 35 seconds later made it a 29-17 affair. East Carolina, however, scored the final four points of the half on layups by Celeste Stewart and Chareya Smith to cut the Green Wave edge to eight at halftime.



The Green Wave pushed their lead back to double digits on a Grayson bucket to open the second half, but East Carolina rallied with an 8-4 run to make it a six-point affair at 35-29 with 16:39 left in regulation. Tulane responded by scoring 10 of the game's next 12 points to make it a 14-point affair and the lead dipped below 10 just once the rest of the way.



East Carolina made it 52-45 when Shala Hodges drained a 3-pointer with 9:32 on the clock. Grayson followed with a trey of her own while Adesuwa Ebomwonyi and Snow added buckets to make it 59-45 and the Pirates would get no closer than 10 over the final seven minutes.



Hodges led the Pirates with 10 points while Smith, Stewart and Kristine Mial added nine apiece. Hodges and Smith shared team-high rebounding honors with five each and Stewart paced the club with four steals and three assists.



2012 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship Schedule

Elma Roane Fieldhouse &
FedExforum

Memphis
, Tenn.



FIRST ROUNDS - Wednesday, March 7

Morning Session

Game 1:   (11) East Carolina 59, (6) Tulsa 49

Game 2:   (10) SMU 53, (7) Marshall 52

Afternoon Session

Game 3:   (9) Southern Miss 71, (8) UCF 49 

Game 4:   (5) Rice 64, (12) Houston 50 



QUARTERFINALS - Thursday, March 8

Morning Session

Game 5:   (3) Tulane 67, (11) East Carolina 51

Game 6:   (10) SMU vs. (2) Memphis                                    1:30 p.m. 

Afternoon Session

Game 7:   (9) Southern Miss vs. (1) UTEP                                  5 p.m. 

Game 8:   (5) Rice vs. (4) UAB                                                   7:30 p.m. 



SEMIFINALS - Friday, March 9

Game 9:   (3) Tulane vs. Winner between game 6         10 a.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)

Game 10: Winners between game 7 & 8                     12:30 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday, March 10

Game 11: Winners between game 9 & 10  7 p.m.

                      (CBS Sports Network)



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