Tulane will play at Houston on Wednesday, which brings recollections of an odd game.
When the teams met the first time this season, on Jan. 6 at Fogelman Arena, they were whistled for 58 fouls resulting in 65 free throws, although the game did go to overtime. Thirty-two fouls were called on Tulane, four members of the starting five fouled out, and the fifth — point guard Kayla Manuirirangi — had four.
Power forward Meredith Schulte seemed to embody Tulane's plight — and its frustration. Schulte picked up two fouls on one play with 2:32 left in the second quarter. That gave her three and a long sit on the bench.
“I stepped over to take a charge, and (Houston guard Jasmyne Harris) landed on me,” Schulte said.
A blocking foul was called.
“When she got up, she put her knee in my stomach,” Schulte said. “I couldn't breathe, so I just tried to get her off me. I wasn't trying to foul her. But I guess the refs, when they went back abd reviewed it, saw it as pushing her.
“I have never had two (personal) fouls called on me on one play. I'd never even seen that before. I don't think that's ever happened. It was an interesting situation.”
Freshman small forward Sierra Cheatham is making her first trip to her hometown as a member of the Green Wave.
“I'm excited,” said Cheatham, 6-foot-1. “I've look forward to this game a lot.”
Cheatham said she's never played at Houston's Hofheinz Pavilion, even though she attended Clear Springs High School, located 25 to 30 minutes away. Wednesday's game will be played at Texas Southern's H&PE Arena on Texas Southern's campus as Hofheinz Pavilion undergoes renovations.
However, she is very familiar with two Cougars.
“I know (guard) Quatera Limbrick, and I played against (guard) Angela Harris,” Cheatham said. “It was during the state playoffs, and it was two really close games. It came down to the last few minutes. That was to go to the regional finals so it was a big game. We won both times.”
Cheatham went to the same high school as the Wave's starter last year at her position — Courtnie Latham.
“I know her,” Cheatham said. “We used to have open play at our school gym, and when she was home, she'd come and play with us.”
Old friends to meet
Before the game on Jan. 6, Wave guard Tatyana Lofton warned center Harlyn Wyatt about Cougars center Myyah West.
Lofton and West played together at Jones County (Mississippi) Community College, helping it to its first NJCAA tournament berth. West, however, didn't play against Tulane because she attended her aunt's funeral. The warming still applies, however.
“She can shoot from outside very well for a center,” Lofton said. “When she's near the lane, you really have to guard her, because she can take you off the dribble, left or right. And, she runs the floor really well for a big. She's always in shape.”
Lofton also knows Houston's Octavia Barnes, who played at Hinds Junior College, which, like Jones, is located near Jackson. Lofton said she's looking forward to the game more than most.
“It's always good playing against old teammates,” she said. “It's very competitive when you get to play against somebody you played before.”
And, the 98-92 loss to the Cougars still resonated with the Wave and with Lofton.
“We're taking no prisoners,” she said. “That's the best way to sum (the team's feelings) up.”
Guard Kolby Morgan was held to two points in Tulane's loss at Connecticut on Saturday. However, she is 18 points from tying Stacey Gaudet (2,080) for second place on the career scoring list. Grace Daley (2,259) is in first place. Morgan had 30 points in Tulane's first meeting this season against Houston.