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Brightwell's Blog #44

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Hello from San Juan, Puerto Rico! This week I will be away from the women's basketball team because I was called to do the play-by-play for the men's games in the O'Reilly Auto-Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off. But, I will return next Monday for our game against Ohio. Beautiful weather with an ocean view at the Candado Hotel, the men will face Chattanooga tomorrow at 3:30 Memphis time.

CONGRATS to Coach McFerrin and her Tigers! Huge win last night over Louisiana Tech, one of the programs that really built women's basketball throughout the 80's and 90's. This team is not a finished product, but it's a vastly improved club. Big game this Friday in Oxford against Ole Miss.

Thanks to Dan O'Brein, the voice of Tiger Softball, for filling in for me on the women's basketball broadcast.

Finally, best of luck to the Tiger Volleyball team as they host the Conference USA Tournament at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

Brightwell's Blog #43

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Congrats to Brooks Monaghan and the Lady Tiger Soccer team on their second straight Conference USA Championship! This year I had the honor of doing the play-by-play for a majority of their home games, so it's the first time I've called games for a conference champion at the collegiate level in 12 years.

The debut of the women's basketball team didn't turn out like we had hoped, but it was just an exhibition game and if you saw it, you could tell they've come a long way in a short time. And, most notably, how about that crowd. An estimated 2,300 were in attendance on Friday thanks to our marketing department. We probably had 2,000 elementary students at the Field House. We tip it up for real this Friday when we host Northern Arizona to start the regular season.

Brightwell's Blog #42

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Well the day has arrived for Melissa McFerrin's Tigers to see game action in front of the public for the first time when they host DT3 at the Elma Roane Field House this morning at 11:30.

DT3, a team made up of ex-college players, should be a good test. They feature two NAIA All-American guards from Vanguard University, Tari Goold and Lacy Burns. Inside, Memphis will have to contend with Lauren Riley-Varley who was a two-time All Mountain West selection at BYU. Why does Memphis play an 11:30 morning game on a Friday you may ask? They are expecting over one thousand elementary students as part of a promotion! The Tigers have done this the past few years and it's one of my favorite games to call. Thousands of screaming kids excited to be out of school!

I hope to see you out there today, if you can't make it, all games will again be on WUMR 91.7fm and I would love to get your emails during the games at MEMPHISRADIO@HOTMAIL.COM

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Well Tiger fans, if you can believe, this is game week. The women's basketball team will play an exhibition game against DT-3 (also known as Team Essence on the earlier schedules) at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Yes, a.m. We are bringing 22 buses worth of elementary school kids to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse for the exhibition game to kick off the Classroom on the Court program that Conference USA put together for this season in women's basketball. There is a website where teachers go to get information about each C-USA women's basketball team that they can use to teach math and geography for elementary school kids throughout the Mid-South. And the kids who come to the game go pick up a worksheet for that game. When they complete the worksheet and turn it in, they earn points for their school. The school with the most points at the end of the season wins a prize.

Two C-USA women's teams already have an exhibition game under their respective belts. Marshall won its exhibition opener 78-41 with sophomore Tynikki Crook picking up where she left off from her freshman season with a double-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds.

UTEP defeated St. Mary's 59-40. The Miners went 16-0 in conference play last season, but graduated or lost eight players off the roster, so the 59 points scored was a bit under their 71.4 ppg average last season. Pre-season Player of the Year Jareica Hughes was the lone Miner in double-digits, finishing with 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

Tuesday night, in addition to being Voting Day for those of you who have not yet voted in early voting (don't worry, I'll be standing in line tomorrow as well!), will be our Memphis men's basketball exhibition game against Christian Brothers, and will be another exhibition night for a fellow C-USA women's program as SMU hosts the Houston Jaguars, a team that featured former women's player Melissa Abraham for a couple of exhibition games last season.

Admission to the Memphis women's exhibition game on Friday morning will be free. Parking will still be charged and be warned that the flat lot across the street is a permit-only parking lot during the school day, so you could feasibly be ticketed (you've been warned!). Maybe this is a good time to mention you can purchase a season-long parking permit in the garage for all women's basketball games for just $45 at the ticket office. I believe Lynn Parkes worked with the FedExForum folks last year to have them honor the parking passes as well, but don't bank on that just yet since we are a ways out from the FEF games (Dec. 3, Dec. 11, Jan. 29th).

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