Milestones for Tulane women’s basketball

Jeremy Rosen, Sports Editor

Courtesy of Parker Waters

Green Wave women’s basketball had another solid season under head coach Lisa Stockton. Despite losing four starters from the previous season, Tulane reloaded and came back with a very respectable 18-14 record. The team didn’t miss a beat and secured their third-straight postseason bid to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. 

Coach Stockton added another accolade to her stacked career by becoming the winningest coach in Louisiana women’s college basketball history. She surpassed former Louisiana Tech University coach Leon Barmore for the honor, who is a championship winning coach and member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Her 579 career victories with Tulane exemplify her long term success in Uptown. In Stockton’s 29 seasons with the Green Wave, she has led her team to 11 NCAA Tournament berths and five conference tournament championships. Her teams have remained remarkably consistent over her nearly three decades with Tulane, having just four losing seasons as head coach.

This season also marks the end of Dynah Jones’ prolific career with the Green Wave. The hometown hero has been a key contributor for the team throughout her five seasons with Tulane. Growing from a reliable threat off the bench to the team’s primary scorer, she became the face of the team and a steady presence Coach Stockton could trust in the big moments. As the only remaining starter from the previous season, Jones stepped up as a leader on the floor, leading the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game and earning an All American Athletic Conference Third Team Selection. She finishes her career with the Green Wave as the all-time leader in games played and the third most points in program history.

Tulane will also say goodbye to standout point guard Rachel Hakes, who was the team’s strongest playmaker this season. An experienced floor general from her time at Fairfield University, she averaged a strong 7.3 points per game along with 4.8 assists. She led the entire AAC in assists per game, getting the most out of her teammates with her playmaking. 

Looking to next year, Coach Stockton will likely lean on redshirt sophomore Kyren Whittington to lead the team going forward. The transfer guard from University of Louisiana Monroe came off the bench her first two games with the Green Wave but emerged as a strong scoring threat with the starting lineup. Whittington was tied for second in scoring with 11.9 points per game, breaking out with multiple 20 point games throughout the season. She contributed on the other end of the court as well with 1.75 steals per game and made a big impact defending the perimeter. 

Tulane fans will have to wait until after the offseason to see how Stockton’s squad will look playing against the new-look AAC.

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