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).