When Tulane and UNO square off in a women's basketball game Tuesday at Tulane, it will mark the first time New Orleans' two NCAA Division I programs have played against each other since 2013.
In a series that goes back to 1976 and often featured two games per season, UNO won 23 consecutive games from 1982 to 1993. However, from Feb. '93 to 2013, Tulane won 12 of 14 meetings. UNO's most recent win was 76-69 on Jan. 17, 2002.
"It was here at Lakefront Arena," Privateers coach Keeshawn Carter Davenport said. "I was a student assistant coach, my first year as a coach, and Tulane was ranked."
The Green Wave won the series' last three games by an average of 34.6 points per game; then it was stopped.
"Hurricane Katrina brought hardships on all of the programs in the area, and I think UNO was hit the hardest," Wave coach Lisa Stockton said.
Seniors Kolby Morgan of Tulane (4-4) and Randi Brown of UNO (1-6) said they're glad the teams are playing each other.
"I know some of their players from playing AAU ball," Morgan said. "It will be a fun game, playing against players from way back. And, it'll be a good game for the fans. They'll have some of their fans here, I'm sure."
Brown said she liked the atmosphere when the men's teams played each other the past two seasons.
"(UNO's women's team) went to Tulane for that game, and their fans were at the game (at Lakefront)," she said. "I think it's a cool experience. Other schools around here, like Dillard and Xavier, they have the Crosstown Classic and the Bleu Devil Classic.
"Especially with our guys playing each other, it's cool that we get to participate, too. We're not in the same conference, so it would be a nice thing to continue."
Tuesday night's game matches two big-time scorers who aren't strangers. Morgan, an All-American Athletic Conference guard since her freshman season, is averaging 22.4 points per game. She is 10 points from passing Keisha Johnson (1990-94) for fourth place at 1,826 on Tulane's career scoring list and is on pace to surpass Grace Daley's 2,259 ('96-2000) for the lead.
Brown, who has been All-Southland Conference since her freshman season, is averaging 20.0 points per game after leading the conference in scoring last year. She already has the UNO record for 3-pointers at 201. Brown has 1,610 points and needs 149 to surpass Carzie Upshaw in second place. Sandra Hodge ('80-84) is the career leader at 2,860.
"(Brown's) first, second and third options are the 3-point shot," Morgan said, chuckling. "She's a good player. I've known her since I was with the Kenner Angels and she was with the (New Orleans) Dominoes. So, we have to watch her coming off screens."
Brown said Morgan is a very versatile scorer.
"She lets the game come to her," Brown said. "We started playing against each other when we were 9 or 10. The last time we faced each other was in the East-West All-Star game our senior year in high school.
"Tulane's offense goes through her. We have to limit her touches and contain the players around her. She makes their team go."