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Tulsa Women's Basketball Team Hosts Memphis on Thursday

Tulsa returns home to host Memphis on Thursday, February 28th beginning at 7:00 pm at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

Tulsa returns home to host Memphis on Thursday, February 28th beginning at 7:00 pm at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
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Feb. 27, 2013

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Tulsa returns home to host Memphis on Thursday, February 28th beginning at 7:00 pm at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Reynolds Center ticket office.

The Hurricane has an 11-15 overall record and a 6-7 mark in C-USA. TU is led by Taleya Mayberry with 18.2 points per game and a team-high 93 assists and 59 steals. Kelsee Grovey nets 10.0 points per game, Tiffani Couisnard averages 8.2 points per game, a team-best 9.2 rebounds per game and has a team-leading 27 blocks, and Loren McDaniel adds 7.4 rebounds per contest.

Memphis has a 16-11 overall record and a 7-6 mark in C-USA,, and is on a two-game winning streak. The Tigers are led by four players averaging double-digit points, including Nicole Dickson with 19.7 ppg, Ariel Hearn with 13.5 ppg, Mooriah Rowser with 12.0 ppg and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir with 10.6 ppg. Dickson also pulls down a team-best 7.2 rebounds per game and has 50 steals, Hearn has recorded 97 assists, and Pa'Sonna Hope has 30 blocks.

This will be the 10th meeting between the two teams, as the Tigers have a 6-3 advantage in the all-time series. Memphis has a current four-game winning streak in the series, including a 66-64 decision in Memphis a year ago.

C-USA Award Candidates
All-Conference
Taleya Mayberry - 18.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.3 spg, 37.8 FG%, 32.1 3FG%, 81.1 FT%, 23 double-figure scoring games
Tiffani Couisnard - 8.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.9 spg, 1.0 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 4 double-doubles, 7 double-figure scoring games, 11 double-digit rebounding contests
All-Freshman Team
Kelsee Grovey - 10.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 35.4 FG%, 31.5 3FG%, 82.4 FT%, 13 double-digit scoring games
Ashley Clark - 5.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 36.1 FG%, 5 double-figure scoring games
All-Defensive Team
Tiffani Couisnard - 8.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.9 spg, 1.0 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 4 double-doubles, 7 double-figure scoring games, 11 double-digit rebounding contests
Kelsee Grovey - 10.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 35.4 FG%, 31.5 3FG%, 82.4 FT%, 13 double-digit scoring games
Player of the Year
Taleya Mayberry - 18.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.3 spg, 37.8 FG%, 32.1 3FG%, 81.1 FT%, 23 double-figure scoring games
Defenisve Player of the Year
Tiffani Couisnard - 8.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.9 spg, 1.0 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 4 double-doubles, 7 double-figure scoring games, 11 double-digit rebounding contests
Freshman of the Year
Kelsee Grovey - 10.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 35.4 FG%, 31.5 3FG%, 82.4 FT%, 13 double-digit scoring games
Sixth Player of the Year
Kadan Brady - 6.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg, 32.5 FG%, 31.0 3FG%, 6 double-digit scoring games

Last Time Out
Tulsa dropped a 74-59 decision to Tulane on Sunday afternoon at the Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans, La. Taleya Mayberry had a team-leading 13 points and five assists, while Kelsee Grovey added 11 points. Tiffani Couisnard pulled down 12 rebounds and had four steals. Tulane had a 45-33 lead in rebounds, a 16-12 advantage in assists, a 5-2 lead in blocks and had 13 turnovers to Tulsa's 15, while the Hurricane had an 8-7 edge in steals.

Mayberry Scoring Force
Taleya Mayberry has scored in double digits in 79 of 106 career contests, amassing 1,581 points for a 14.9 ppg average. Of her 79 double-figure games she has scored 20 or more points in 29 games and 30 or more points four times. Mayberry is only the eighth women's basketball player in school history to score 1,000 career points, and is in second place on the all-time scoring chart.

Moving Up
Taleya Mayberry, Tiffani Couisnard and Loren McDaniel are moving up in the Tulsa Career Leaders chart. Mayberry is now second in points (1,581), is third in steals (249), field goals made (544) and three-point field goals made (149), and is fourth in free throws made (344) and assists (350). Couisnard ranks third in rebounds (722), sixth in double-doubles (9) and seventh in blocks (72), and McDaniel is 10th in double-doubles (5).

In the Nation
Tulsa ranks among the nation's top-100 in three categories according the latest NCAA statistics (2/25/13). TU is 86th in three-point field goal percentage defense (28.5), and 100th in turnover margin (1.65) and steals per game (9.7). Individually, Taleya Mayberry and Tiffani Couisnard are ranked in the nation's top-115 in four categories. Mayberry is 41st in points per game (18.2), 80th in free throw percentage (81.1) and 112th in steals per game (2.3), while Couisnard is 74th in rebounds per game (9.2).

On the Bench
The Golden Hurricane team returns seven letterwinners, including three starters, and welcomes four newcomers. The roster features seniors Tiffani Couisnard, Taleya Mayberry and Jessica McQuin; junior Loren McDaniel; sophomores Kadan Brady, Amber Fleet and Mariah Turner; and freshmen Ashley Clark, Kelsee Grovey, Jasmine Vasquez and Antoinet Webster.

Mayberry Named to C-USA Women's Basketball Preseason Team
Tulsa senior Taleya Mayberry was named to the Conference USA Women's Basketball Preseason Team, as announced by the league office. Mayberry was a first-team All-Conference USA performer a year ago.

2012-13 Opponents
The schedule features 11 home games, 10 contests against 2012 postseason teams, a trip to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam Tournament and the Conference USA Championship in Tulsa. Eight of TU's 23 opponents won 20 or more games last season, while all but one opponent finished with double-digit victories. Arkansas, BYU, Iowa State, UALR and UTEP all made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, while Memphis, Oral Roberts, Stephen F. Austin and Tulane played in the Women's National Invitational Tournament, and Rice participated in the Women's Basketball Invitational.

Hurricane Picked Sixth in Preseason Coaches Poll
The Tulsa women's basketball team was picked to finish sixth in C-USA, as voted on by the league's coaches. TU finished last season with an 8-8 overall record and a sixth-place mark in the league.

2011-12 Season Recap
Head Coach Matilda Mossman guided the Golden Hurricane to 13 wins and a sixth-place Conference USA finish, the best since Tulsa earned 26 victories, won both the regular season and tournament C-USA titles, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round during the 2005-06 campaign.

FYI
FYI, 275 of 400 TU student-athletes had a 3.0 GPA or better for the fall semester.

Tulsa to Host Conference USA Championship
Tulsa will host the 2013 Conference USA Championship, March 13-16, at the Tulsa Convention Center and BOK Center. The first two rounds will be played at the Tulsa Convention Center, while the semifinals and championship game will be played at the BOK Center. TU has previously hosted the C-USA Championship in 2007 and 2010.

Tulsa in the C-USA Championship
Tulsa has made seven appearances in the Conference USA Championship and has a 5-6 record in tournament play. The Golden Hurricane has advanced past the first round in three seasons, but has not done so since 2008. TU clinched the tournament title in 2006.

Tulsa Finishes 18th in Final Fall Learfield Cup Standings
After the completion of all the fall NCAA Championships, The University of Tulsa is ranked 18th in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. Tulsa has totaled 239 points and is the highest ranked team in Conference USA and in the state of Oklahoma. The next closest C-USA teams are SMU, ranked 56th, and UCF, ranked 58th. In the state of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State is ranked 24th and Oklahoma is 27th.

Tulsa Leads C-USA Title Race With 48 League Crowns
Since the new Conference USA was formed and began competition in the 2005-06 season, Tulsa athletic teams have won a league-best 48 Conference USA Championships, including regular season and post-season tournament titles. The next closest since 2005 is SMU with 23 C-USA titles. TU won its first crown in the 2012-13 season with a third straight men's cross country title in October. Tulsa has added C-USA volleyball regular season and postseason titles, a men's soccer postseason crown and football West Division title and overall crown. Tulsa won eight C-USA Championships in 2011-12 including: men's cross country, men's indoor track, women's golf; men's tennis, women's tennis, volleyball and women's softball (regular season & tournament title).

State-of-the-Art Centerpiece
Tulsa's new video board was debuted on Dec. 17 and is the only one of its kind in college basketball. It is 30 feet wide and 15 feet high on the two main boards, which stretch nearly three-point line to three-point line, while the end boards are 12 feet wide by 15 feet high. All of the boards have a six-millimeter display. The video board is part of a $2 million project, which was funded with a generous donation from ONEOK, that also includes a new sound system and two 4x12 video boards.

ExperienceTulsaAthletics.com
For an in depth look at Tulsa Athletics, including Chalk Talk's from each head coach, facility tours and a look at TU's success, visit ExperienceTulsaAthletics.com.

TulsaHurricane.com
Keep up with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane women's basketball team by accessing the official University of Tulsa athletic department web site at www.TulsaHurricane.com. This site features up-to-date information on TU athletics, including game results, press releases, statistics, box scores, schedules and rosters.

TulsaGoldenRewards.com
Tulsa fans can show their support for Tulsa Golden Hurricane and each individual team through a combination of in-game social media campaigns, engaging teams on social networks and earning rewards through our new Golden Rewards program. Fans receive points for participating in social media activities such as `liking' Facebook posts, commenting, sharing, tweeting hashtags, re-tweeting, watching a YouTube video, checking in on Foursquare or Facebook, scanning student cards or posting photos and taking in-game polls with Social Stadium Twitter promotions.

A Hurricane in Tulsa?
The Origination of The University of Tulsa nickname - Golden Hurricane - was created in 1922. A new football coach, Howard Archer came to town and inherited a slew of nicknames dating back to 1895. In the past, Tulsa had been named "Kendallites," "Presbyterians," "Tigers," "Orange and Black," "Tulsans," and of course, "Yellow Jackets." The team started working out in the fall with a new nickname "Yellow Jackets" which was apparently due to the fact that the team was wearing new black and yellow uniforms. The team opened the season and it was apparent that Tulsa was going to have a great year, and trying to seize some publicity for his team, Archer wanted to find a new nickname quickly. After a remark was made in practice one day about "roaring through opponents," and because of their new jersey colors, he thought of "Golden Tornadoes." But a check showed that Georgia Tech already had chosen that tag in 1917. From the tornado, he evolved meteorologically to the hurricane. A few days before the team left for a game against Texas A&M, Acher asked the squad to vote on the name, and thus "Golden Hurricane" was born.