Tulane women’s basketball set to tip off 2021-22 season

Jude Papillion, Sports Editor

After finishing the 2020-21 season with a stellar 18-9 record, including a 12-6 record in American Athletic Conference play, Tulane women’s basketball is set to tip off its 2021-22 season. Despite advancing to the semifinal round of the AAC tournament and playing in the 2021 Women’s National Invitation Tournament, this year’s team has their eyes fixed on the big dance – the NCAA Tournament. 

This Green Wave team features four of last season’s starters and 11 total letter winners from last year. The team has four returning seniors and just welcomed four new players to the team, including highly-touted graduate transfer Moon Ursin. Ursin, a Louisiana native, joins the program as a fifth-year senior after a four-year stint at Baylor University. In her time there, Baylor compiled a 126-8 record, won an NCAA title and received All-Big 12 Conference honors last season. 

The transfer athlete is thrilled to play close to home. “It means everything. I’m just excited to be here surrounded by my family and my friends. This team has already treated me like I’ve been here all five years,” Ursin said. “Just to be home, eating this good food and just enjoying the culture its been fun and extremely, extremely happy.”

The team will begin their regular season against Southeastern Louisiana University at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 9 in Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse. Tulane women’s basketball will face an impressive slate of non-conference opponents, including the Alabama Crimson Tide, Texas Christian Horned Frogs, LSU Tigers and Miami Hurricanes before opening conference play against the Houston Cougars on the road on Jan. 2, 2022. Tulane’s Nov. 23 matchup at LSU will be Ursin’s first time playing her former coach at Baylor, hall-of-famer Kim Mulkey

Green Wave women’s basketball prepared for their season opener by facing Uptown rival Loyola University of New Orleans in Devlin Fieldhouse. The Olive and Blue dominated, beating the Wolf Pack 79-54 while forcing 23 turnovers in the matchup. Kaila Anderson led Tulane in scoring with 12 points, while Ursin posted 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Arsula Clark and Dynah Jones also scored 10 points each. 

Head Coach Lisa Stockton is entering her 28th season with Tulane women’s basketball and her 30th season as a head coach. Stockton is very excited about her team’s potential. 

“We better be ready to go because I think we’ve got a really exciting schedule, a really challenging schedule, especially our road schedule,” Stockton said. “I think this team is itching to play and we can’t wait.”