March 12, 2001
Coach Lisa Stockton's team won their third straight Conference USA tournament with a 63-50 win over Cincinnati at the conference finals on March 5 in Milwaukee, Wis. The win earns the Green Wave an automatic bid to the Women's NCAA tourney.
To win the women's tournament, the Green Wave needed three straight wins over Marquette, Houston, and Cincinnati in three straight nights. The Green Wave narrowly avoided an upset to Marquette in the first round, pulling off a 59-58 victory.
Janell Burse picked up a loose ball after Britt Themann had her shot blocked and proceeded to sink the game-winning field goal with 25 seconds left. Burse lead the way for Tulane, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. In the semifinals, Tulane faced the third-seeded Houston Lady Cougars. Stockton's troops won their second consecutive tournament battle by a final score of 78-74.
Once again, the Green Wave leaned on the shoulders of senior Janell Burse. Burse played a dominating game, pouring in 33 points and pulling down 16 boards. Teana McKiver came off the bench for Tulane and recorded a double-double, 13 points and 11 rebounds. Tulane opened the championship game relying solely on defense, and capitalized on outside shooting to pull away in the second half.
After a 14-minute drought without a field goal to end the first half, including a stretch where they were 2 of 30 from the floor, Tulane used a 13-0 scoring run late in the game to put the Bearcats away. The Green Wave were led by junior guard Sarah Goree, who sank 18 points, including four three-pointers. McKiver and Themann had 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Burse made her second consecutive All-Tournament Team in helping the Green Wave earn their seventh straight trip to the NCAA tourney. Tulane will find out their tournament match-up when the NCAA selection committee finishes their work Sunday afternoon. The Tulane men's basketball team, seeded 12th in the tournament, lost their first game by five points to Marquette.
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