Ole Miss Wins Sixth Straight
Jan. 3, 2005
Oxford, Miss. -- - Memphis (7-6) will head into the Conference USA schedule with a 7-6 mark following an 82-54 loss at Ole Miss, Monday. It was the Lady Rebels sixth straight win and Memphis' second straight loss and fourth loss in the last five games.
"They just totally dominated the boards," Head Coach Blair Savage said. " They just manhandled us on the boards, they have 26 offensive rebounds to our 10."
Memphis trailed 38-28 after the first half featured a series of streaks. Ole Miss scored its first seven points from the free-throw line, converting seven of eight attempts. Ole Miss then used an 8-0 run to open up a 15-7 lead before Memphis battled back to take the lead briefly back with a layup from Tamika Butler to give Memphis an 18-17 lead.
But the Lady Rebels answered back, as Elizabeth Cansdale hit a three out of the media timeout to break a 1-2-2 Memphis zone and to put the Lady Rebels back on top, where they would finish the half despite a series of mini runs for both teams. Memphis was hampered as seniors Victoria Crawford and Jennifer Sullivan each picked up two quick first half fouls. Crawford played 10 minutes in the opening half, while Sullivan played 13, finishing with seven first-half points. Crawford would finish the night with nine points, going 7-of-10 from the free-throw line, hitting her 400th career free-throw in the loss.
In the second half, Ole Miss opened with a 6-0 run to open the lead to 44-28 and that was the last chance the Lady Tigers saw for a single digit deficit for the remainder of the evening as Ole Miss just outrebounded and stuck back second and third offensive opportunities down the stretch.
With the loss, Memphis falls to 1-16 in Oxford.
Latrice Booker led Memphis with 11 points, while Raven Rogers finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Armintie Price finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, adding three steals in 31 minutes. Amber Watts added 10 points and seven rebounds in the win.
Memphis continues its four-game road swing with the Conference USA opener at East Carolina, Friday, at 7 p.m. (ET). That game will be followed by Memphis' first televised game, at Charlotte, Sunday at 2 p.m. (ET). The game with the 49ers will be broadcast live by WLMT (UPN30). Ole Miss will open SEC play against Georgia, Saturday.