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Tulsa Faces Houston in Final Regular Season Contest on Thursday

TU will honor seniors Tiffani Couisnard, Taleya Mayberry and Jessica McQuin, after the contest.
TU will honor seniors Tiffani Couisnard, Taleya Mayberry and Jessica McQuin, after the contest.
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March 6, 2013

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa returns home to host Houston in the final regular season game of the season on Thursday, March 7th beginning at 7:00 pm at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. TU will honor seniors Tiffani Couisnard, Taleya Mayberry and Jessica McQuin, after the contest.

Tickets to the game are $5 and can be purchased at the Reynolds Center ticket office, while all "seniors" (60 and older) will receive free admission.

The Hurricane has a 12-16 overall record and a 7-8 mark in C-USA. TU is led by Taleya Mayberry with 17.8 points per game and a team-high 101 assists and 64 steals. Kelsee Grovey nets 10.2 points per game, Tiffani Couisnard averages 8.3 points per game, a team-best 9.1 rebounds per game and has a team-leading 29 blocks, and Loren McDaniel adds 7.0 rebounds per contest.

Houston has a 13-15 overall record and a 7-8 mark in Conference USA. UH is led by Porsche Landry with 16.6 points per game, and owns 128 assists and 62 steals. Yasmeen Thompson pulls down a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game and has 39 blocks, while Te'onna Campbell adds 7.9 rebounds per game and has 74 steals on the year.

This will be the 16th meeting between the two teams, as the Golden Hurricane owns a 9-6 lead in the all-time series, including a 59-55 win earlier this season in Houston.

 

 

Tulsa All-Conference USA Nominees
All-Conference
Taleya Mayberry, G - 5-6 - Sr. - Tulsa, Okla. - Booker T. Washington HS
Mayberry has started 27 games this season . . . leads TU in scoring, assists and steals, and is third in rebounds . . . ranks second in free-throw percentage, fourth in scoring, sixth in steals, seventh in assists, eighth in minutes played, 13th in three-point field goals made and 15th in three-point field goal percentage in C-USA . . . ranks 43rd in points per game, 83rd in free throw percentage and 110th in steals per game among the nation's best . . . was tabbed to the 2012-13 C-USA Preseason Team . . . ranks second in points (1,606), third in steals (254), field goals made (552) and three-point field goals made (151), and fourth in free throws made (351) and assists (358) in TU history . . . has scored in double figures 24 times this season . . . has led TU in scoring 18 times, assists 18 times, steals eight times and blocks three times this season . . . had a career-high 33 points, including 13 field goals, against SFA (12/30), 10 rebounds against East Carolina (1/20) and seven steals three times this season.

Tiffani Couisnard, F - 6-1 - Sr. - Houston, Texas - The Kinkaid School
Couisnard has started all 28 games this season . . . ranks first in rebounds and blocks, second in steals, and third in points and assists for TU . . . is fourth in rebounding, 10th in blocked shots and 15th in steals in the league . . . ranks 71st in rebounds per game in the nation . . . is third in rebounds (738), sixth in double-doubles (9) and seventh in blocks (74) in TU history . . . has scored double-figure points eight times and had double-digit rebounds 11 times this season . . . led TU in rebounding 16 times, steals 14 times, blocks 17 times and assists four times this season . . . pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds against Rice (1/13) and had four assists against Houston (2/14).

All-Freshman Team
Kelsee Grovey, G - 5-8 - Fr. - Shawnee, Okla. - Shawnee HS
Grovey has started in 24 of 26 games as a true freshman . . . ranks second on the team in scoring and assists, and is third in steals for TU . . . is seventh in minutes played, ninth in three-point field goals made, 12th in three-point field goal percentage and 23rd in scoring among all league players . . . is first in free throw percentage, fourth in scoring and steals, and fifth in assists and three-point field goal percentage among the league's freshmen . . . was named as the C-USA Freshman of the Week on Jan. 21st . . . has scored in double figures 14 times this season . . . has led TU in scoring six times, assists five times, steals eight times, blocked shots twice and rebounding once this season . . . had a career-high 20 points, including a career-best eight field goals, against Marshall (1/17) . . . tallied four three-point baskets in four contests, had nine rebounds against UTEP (1/31) and six steals against Rice (1/13) this season.

Ashley Clark, G - 5-11 - Fr. - Midwest City, Okla. - Midwest City HS
Clark has started 17 of 28 games as a true freshman . . . ranks fifth in rebounds, steals and assists, and sixth in scoring for TU . . . is eighth in three-point field goal percentage, ninth in assists, 10th in steals, 12th rebounding, 13th in scoring and 17th in field goal percentage among the league's freshmen . . . has scored in double figures five times this season . . . led TU in steals five times, blocked shots four times, scoring three times, assists twice, and rebounding once this season . . . scored a career-high 20 points, including a career-high eight field goals, against SMU (2/21), eight rebounds against Rice (2/17), five steals against Langston (1/3), and three assists against Marshall (1/17).

All-Defensive Team
Tiffani Couisnard, F - 6-1 - Sr. - Houston, Texas - The Kinkaid School
Couisnard has started all 28 games this season . . . ranks first in rebounds and blocks, second in steals, and third in points and assists for TU . . . is fourth in rebounding, 10th in blocked shots and 15th in steals in the league . . . ranks 71st in rebounds per game in the nation . . . is third in rebounds (738), sixth in double-doubles (9) and seventh in blocks (74) in TU history . . . has scored double-figure points eight times and had double-digit rebounds 11 times this season . . . led TU in rebounding 16 times, steals 14 times, blocks 17 times and assists four times this season . . . pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds against Rice (1/13) and had four assists against Houston (2/14).

Kelsee Grovey, G - 5-8 - Fr. - Shawnee, Okla. - Shawnee HS
Grovey has started in 24 of 26 games as a true freshman . . . ranks second on the team in scoring and assists, and is third in steals for TU . . . is seventh in minutes played, ninth in three-point field goals made, 12th in three-point field goal percentage and 23rd in scoring among all league players . . . is first in free throw percentage, fourth in scoring and steals, and fifth in assists and three-point field goal percentage among the league's freshmen . . . was named as the C-USA Freshman of the Week on Jan. 21st . . . has scored in double figures 14 times this season . . . has led TU in scoring six times, assists five times, steals eight times, blocked shots twice and rebounding once this season . . . had a career-high 20 points, including a career-best eight field goals, against Marshall (1/17) . . . tallied four three-point baskets in four contests, had nine rebounds against UTEP (1/31) and six steals against Rice (1/13) this season.

Player of the Year
Taleya Mayberry, G - 5-6 - Sr. - Tulsa, Okla. - Booker T. Washington HS
Mayberry has started 27 games this season . . . leads TU in scoring, assists and steals, and is third in rebounds . . . ranks second in free-throw percentage, fourth in scoring, sixth in steals, seventh in assists, eighth in minutes played, 13th in three-point field goals made and 15th in three-point field goal percentage in C-USA . . . ranks 43rd in points per game, 83rd in free throw percentage and 110th in steals per game among the nation's best . . . was tabbed to the 2012-13 C-USA Preseason Team . . . ranks second in points (1,606), third in steals (254), field goals made (552) and three-point field goals made (151), and fourth in free throws made (351) and assists (358) in TU history . . . has scored in double figures 24 times this season . . . has led TU in scoring 18 times, assists 18 times, steals eight times and blocks three times this season . . . had a career-high 33 points, including 13 field goals, against SFA (12/30), 10 rebounds against East Carolina (1/20) and seven steals three times this season.

Defenisve Player of the Year
Tiffani Couisnard, F - 6-1 - Sr. - Houston, Texas - The Kinkaid School
Couisnard has started all 28 games this season . . . ranks first in rebounds and blocks, second in steals, and third in points and assists for TU . . . is fourth in rebounding, 10th in blocked shots and 15th in steals in the league . . . ranks 71st in rebounds per game in the nation . . . is third in rebounds (738), sixth in double-doubles (9) and seventh in blocks (74) in TU history . . . has scored double-figure points eight times and had double-digit rebounds 11 times this season . . . led TU in rebounding 16 times, steals 14 times, blocks 17 times and assists four times this season . . . pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds against Rice (1/13) and had four assists against Houston (2/14).

Freshman of the Year
Kelsee Grovey, G - 5-8 - Fr. - Shawnee, Okla. - Shawnee HS
Grovey has started in 24 of 26 games as a true freshman . . . ranks second on the team in scoring and assists, and is third in steals for TU . . . is seventh in minutes played, ninth in three-point field goals made, 12th in three-point field goal percentage and 23rd in scoring among all league players . . . is first in free throw percentage, fourth in scoring and steals, and fifth in assists and three-point field goal percentage among the league's freshmen . . . was named as the C-USA Freshman of the Week on Jan. 21st . . . has scored in double figures 14 times this season . . . has led TU in scoring six times, assists five times, steals eight times, blocked shots twice and rebounding once this season . . . had a career-high 20 points, including a career-best eight field goals, against Marshall (1/17) . . . tallied four three-point baskets in four contests, had nine rebounds against UTEP (1/31) and six steals against Rice (1/13) this season.

Last Time Out
The Tulsa women's basketball team fell, 59-45, to UAB on Sunday afternoon at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala. Ashley Clark and Kelsee Grovey each scored nine points, while Taleya Mayberry added eight and Mariah Turner tallied six to lead the Hurricane attack. Tiffani Couisnard pulled down seven rebounds, had three assists and two blocks, Clark added six boards, and Mayberry and Clark each had two steals. UAB dominated the boards with a 44-26 advantage, but TU had an 8-5 lead in steals and had just 11 turnovers to the Blazers' 16. The Hurricane shot 34-percent from the field, 39-percent from behind the arc and 58-percent from the free throw line. Tulsa scored 18 points in the paint, 16 points off turnovers and had 12 points off the bench.

Mayberry Scoring Force
Taleya Mayberry has scored in double digits in 80 of 108 career contests, amassing 1,606 points for a 14.8 ppg average. Of her 80 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 (1,606), is third in steals (254), field goals made (552) and three-point field goals made (151), and is fourth in free throws made (351) and assists (358). Couisnard ranks third in rebounds (738), sixth in double-doubles (9) and seventh in blocks (74), and McDaniel is 10th in double-doubles (5).

In the Nation
Tulsa ranks among the nation's top-105 in three categories according the latest NCAA statistics (3/4/13). TU is 88th in turnover margin (1.93), 92nd in steals per game (9.8) and 105th in three-point field goal percentage defense (29.0). Individually, Taleya Mayberry and Tiffani Couisnard are ranked in the nation's top-105 in four categories. Mayberry is 47th in points per game (17.8), 90th in free throw percentage (80.4) and 104th in steals per game (2.3), while Couisnard is 79th in rebounds per game (9.1).

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. 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.

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 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.