Lady Tigers Drop Close Decision to Lady Razorbacks.
Jan. 2, 2004
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. - The University of Memphis women's basketball team fell to 9-3 on the year with a 79-75 loss to Arkansas here in Friday evening.
Junior Victoria Crawford, who scored Memphis' first 12 points of the second half, paced the Lady Tigers with a career-high 30 points off a 9-of-15 effort from the field and a 12-of-14 showing from the charity stripe. Crawford received the starting nod for the first time this season, and also totaled six rebounds and a team-high five assists.
"We fought very hard and we didn't give up," said head coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "We played with a lot of focus and a lot of emotion. The bottom line is that we made too many mental mistakes in crunch time. Victoria did a great job of attacking off the basket. Offensively, we couldn't ask for more from her."
Freshman Devin Necaise hit two key treys late in the second half to keep the Memphis deficit just to two points. She scored 13 points and hauled in four rebounds. Senior Jordie Soso came off the bench to score 10 points and haul in four rebounds.
Junior Raven Rogers continues to lead Memphis in rebounding, and grabbed a team-high 10 boards in the loss. Memphis outrebounded Arkansas, 38-33, but turned the ball over 22 times which led to 20 Razorback points. Memphis shot 43.9 percent from the game, while Arkansas finished the game with a 50-percent shooting mark.
Memphis went to the lockerroom down by just two points, 27-25, after holding Arkansas to 33 percent shooting from the field. The Lady'Backs also hit just two of their eight free throw attempts in the half. Memphis shot 36 percent from the field and was led by Jordie Soso's seven points. The Lady'Backs came out strong in the second half, and shot 69 percent after hitting 20-of-29 shots from the field.
Senior Princess Swilley did not dress for the game as she suffers from a bronchial infection.
The Lady Tigers will play their fourth straight road game when Memphis travels to Nashville to face Lipscomb on Monday at 6 p.m. The U of M will return to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse to open Conference USA action against Houston on Jan. 9 at 7p.m. They will face 19th-ranked TCU on Sunday at 3 p.m.