Tiffany Dale increased her scoring average and what has helped that is confidence.
The senior post player averaged 5.8 points per game in November and now averages 11.
“I think it all starts with confidence. I’ve had a lot more confidence this past season. Coach (Lisa) Stockton is always encouraging me to focus on the things I do well,” Dale said.
But, she has done more than score. In Tulane’s 60-50 win over Cincinnati Sunday, she had her first double-double, grabbing 14 rebounds and scoring 10 points.
Tulane (10-2, 1-0 American) will play Houston (5-7, 0-1) Tuesday at Devlin Fieldhouse.
“Tiffany’s not one of those that scores a lot of points, but all the other things she does. She’s blocking shots, she’s rebounding and such a great defensive presence,” coach Lisa Stockton said.
Dale’s play against the Bearcats aided the Green Wave’s win, Stockton said.
“I think this is the best Tiffany has played throughout her career, especially this many games in a row,” Stockton said. “Yesterday in Cincinnati, I thought she was such an important factor for us because shots that she missed she gave us extra possessions. I’m really happy with her performance.”
What helped Dale get through the earlier part of the season was the encouragement from the rest of the team.
“It’s always good to have people on your side encouraging you, telling you that you are a great athlete and knowing that you have a positive team and the support you get definitely helps me with my game,” she said.
Jessieka Palmer leads Houston with 9.9 points per game and is followed by Marche’ Amerson, who averages 9.3 points.
Houston opened its conference play with a 64-50 loss to Central Florida and its only consecutive wins were against Texas-San Antonio and Nicholls State on Dec. 19-20.
The Cougars are a familiar opponent and while they have a losing record, can’t be completely disregarded.
“Well, first of all, we have a lot of tradition with Houston. We’ve been in the same league for many, many years. They’re always very athletic and this year’s no exception. They’re going to put a lot of pressure on you defensively and really attack on offense.,” Stockton said. “I think in a league as strong as ours, teams are going to improve throughout the season. Cincinnati is a great example of that. I think they’ve really improved through their year.”
Dale certainly wants to see her own squad continue winning.
“As a team, I think it’s definitely to keep the winning streak going,” she said. “We started off strong at 1-0, so it’s definitely making sure we continue to do great things throughout the season.”