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Philpots to play basketball at Tulane

By Anthony Rhoads

Dominique Philpots dreams of going to medical school.

Now that she's earned a basketball scholarship to Tulane University she is on the road to achieving that goal.

"It's a great opportunity," Riverdale head coach Derick Powell said. "Tulane is one of the top 25 universities in the country academically. She also pursues her academics first. It's about the academics as well as her basketball."

In addition to having solid academics, Tulane's graduation rate of student' athletes is one of the highest in the nation.

"It played a big factor in my decision," she said. "I'm excited about it."

Powell said Philpots should do well at Tulane.

"She has the athleticism," Powell said. "As a 6-2 forward, she's very athletic. Over the summer, she's improved. She's an all-together different player than she was in the past two years."

Last year, Philpots helped lead the Lady Raiders to a 28-4 record, the Region 4-AAAAA championship and a trip to the Class AAAAA Final 4.

Philpots is one of four senior returning starters this year.

"I feel like we could go all the way this year," Philpots. "I've been playing with these girls for my whole basketball career so I excited about that."

When Philpots goes to Tulane, she will go to a women's basketball program that is on the rise. Last year, the team went 19-10 and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Tulane competes in Conference-USA.