February 27, 2009

Good Morning:

For the first time since 1999, Tulane will have the honor of hosting the Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship March 5-8 at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse. As the tournament's host institution, we also have the pleasure of making all the great matchups, intrigue and excitement of this annual tourney free to Tulane students, faculty and staff.

In her 15 years at Tulane, Women's Basketball Coach Lisa Stockton has built a consistently winning program, guiding her teams to nine NCAA tournaments and winning four C-USA tournament titles. She was also Conference USA's Coach of the Year in 2007 and is the winningest coach in Conference USA history.

Most importantly, Lisa has developed young women of character who have found success as professional basketball players and in many other fields. Barbara Farris, one of her former players now with the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, says this of Lisa's coaching philosophy: "She is so knowledgeable and she really individualizes her coaching style to each player to find a way to reach every one. I became the player that I am because of my years at Tulane."

The success Lisa has had at Tulane and her positive influence on so many of our graduates deserves our support. I hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend the tournament. Simply show your Tulane ID at the door and you will be admitted for free. For information on the tournament matchups, game times and more visit the tournament website.

Have a great weekend,


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