Good afternoon Tiger fans....We are back in town following a 65-60 road win at Tulsa yesterday. That game was really a team effort as everyone played double-digit minutes yesterday with just eight players dressed for the game. We got to the game and all 14 Tulsa players were out on the court shooting and I looked to the other end and saw just eight folks for us and wondered what we were in for! But our pressure defense that we played against SMU really gave Tulsa some problems, as their posts would catch the ball in the full court press and then would have some trouble passing out of the trap because our guards did a great job of denying their guards the ball.
We are now 3-3 on the road in league play with wins at Rice, UAB and Tulsa and losses at Marshall, East Carolina and Houston...and if you sandwich the second half of the ECU game with the first half of the Marshall game, we might have left another road win out there somewhere. Now we need to get our first league win at home.
This weekend will be our last shot for a home win or two. We host East Carolina Friday night in a Pink Zone night. That's also a Take a Kid to the Game night where all kids receive free admission with a paying adult. So we give you the OK for this game to wear Pink instead of your Memphis Blue in support of breast cancer awareness and research.
Then Sunday, we will celebrate Black History Month and will say a Fieldhouse good-bye to seniors Jessica Jackson, Paris Leonard and Ashley Thornton. I am officially feeling my age as I write that sentence as Paris Leonard was the first women's basketball signee I wrote about as the women's basketball SID five years ago! We have already seen this team accomplish some great things, start off 5-2, win our home tournament, go in to league play with a winning record and now tie the win total from last season with four regular season games still to go...There's still some goals out there, so even though we haven't pulled together a complete home game win in league play yet, don't give up on us and come out this weekend to say thanks to the girls and support them as they try to continue to build momentum for the league tournament.
Speaking of the tournament, just a reminder that this year's tournament is in New Orleans, Mar. 5-8th. We'd love to see you there and always have a great advantage when our spirit squad and band make the trip..we'd love to see our fans there too! But if you are unable to make it to New Orleans, the games can be heard on WUMR, 91.7 FM and if you have an All-Access subscription, you can watch the live streaming video from our website.