NEW ORLEANS — The Tulane women’s basketball program has never advanced through the second round of any postseason national tournament. This year’s edition of the Green Wave wants to change that when it travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to face Arkansas in the second round of the WNIT at 2 p.m. Sunday.
“We always get stuck in the second round,” senior wing Janique Kautsky said.
“No Tulane women’s basketball team has been past the second round. It’s a little bit of pressure, but it’s also exciting to maybe create history, and we’re excited for the next game.”
Standing in the way of a possible history-making victory for the Wave is a 20-12 Razorbacks team that defeated Memphis on Thursday in the first round of the tournament. Tulane (23-8) punched its ticket to the next round by beating Sam Houston on Thursday at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Arkansas will be the third Southeastern Conference squad Tulane has faced in 2012-13. The Green Wave defeated LSU but lost to Auburn in the regular season.
Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said that experience against the power conference could pay dividends Sunday.
“The nice thing is we have played some SEC teams, so at least we know how physical the league is, and we know a little bit about the league, so that helps,” Stockton said. “I do think our team gets pretty motivated to play an SEC team.”
Senior Tyria Snow said it would be a major coup for the Tulane program if the team can finally advance to the third round by beating an SEC team.
“It’s exciting,” senior guard Tyria Snow said. “We get to play an SEC school, but we’re just excited and ready to play. Hopefully we can get past the second round since we haven’t been able to do that the last two years.”