Lady Tigers Improve to 10-3 with Win Over Lipscomb
Jan. 5, 2004
NASHVILLE, TENN. - The University of Memphis women's basketball team improved to 10-3 on the year with a 68-58 win over Lipscomb here Monday evening.
Lipscomb came out shooting in the second half and cut the Memphis lead to five points, but the Lady Tigers used a full-court press to hold Lipscomb scoreless for nearly six minutes. Memphis used an 8-0 run to lead, 53-39, with just over six minutes left in the game. The Lady Tigers held Lipscomb to a 32.3-percent shooting mark from the field, but the Lady Bisons dominated the glass and led 45-39 in rebounding.
"I was very proud of our ball pressure and intensity tonight," said head coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "The one thing that I was really disappoin ted in was we didn't do a good job of keeping Lipscomb off the offensive glass."
"I thought Jennifer and Victoria did a good job of creating baskets for us," added McNelis. "I also thought Jennifer did a nice job of running the floor."
Junior Jennifer Sullivan led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 19 points off a 9-of-14 effort from the field. Sullivan also hauled in five rebounds, blocked two shots and forced two steals. Junior Victoria Crawford followed Sullivan in scoring with 16 points. She was 5-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. Crawford led the Lady Tigers in steals with four.
Junior Raven Rogers led the Lady Tigers in rebounding and recorded her second career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Rogers also dished out three assists and forced two steals.
The Lady Tigers led by as many as 15 points in the first half and took a 34-20 lead into the lockerroom at the break. Memphis held Lipscomb to just 28 percent (8-of-29) shooting from the field and forced 13 Lady Bisons turnovers which led to 11 Memphis points. The Lady Tigers shot 40 percent for the half as Victoria Crawford paced the U of M with 10 points.
Senior Princess Swilley has been suffering with a bronchial infection and saw limited action. She scored two points and hauled in three rebounds in 23 minutes of action. Tamika Butler was limited to just two minutes on the court while nursing an ankle injury she suffered earlier. McNelis opted to limited her action to have her ready for Conference USA action later this week.
Courtney Boynton paced Lipscomb with 20 points off a 7-of-17 effort from the field. She forced five steals and was 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the loss as Lipscomb dropped to 5-5 on the year. Katie Beth Pate and Keirsten Head also scored in double digits with 10 points apiece. Pate also led her squad in rebounding with nine boards.
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.