Lady Tigers Drop Third Straight Game
Jan. 7, 2005
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Memphis converted just seven field goals in the second half and shot 31.6 percent from the floor in a 60-47 loss at East Carolina (5-9, 1-0) in both team's Conference USA opener, Friday. Memphis was outrebounded for a third straight game, 42-36, and committed 21 turnovers, with 17 of them coming from the starting five in the loss
"I'm so disappointed," Head Coach Blair Savage said. "We didn't get anything from our upperclassmen. The people w ho made the run were Jessica Hall and Gresh Gorman, and I should have put them back in and gone to them instead of our seniors. We started the second half with five straight turnovers."
Memphis trailed 30-28 after getting 10 points from back-up center Latrice Booker in the opening half. Booker was 5-for-5 from the field in the opening 20 minutes, but hit jsut two points in the second half as Memphis did not get her the ball when she was open on the post despite her making the start at the beginning of the second half.
"I don't know what we're going to do," Savage said. "J-Hall (Jessica Hall) calls a good offense there at the end and I might have to go with her more often. You have to commend her and (Megan) Gooch and Jamie and Gresh (Gorman). They gave us good minutes off the bench and they understand the game, they're coachable."
Memphis came out and went through the first media timeout in the second half without putting a point on the board. Fortunately for Memphis, East Carolina wasn't scoring much on the other end, and the Lady Tigers trailed by just 10 after Gooch and Gorman each stuck back offensive rebounds to make it 45-35, ECU. A pair of points from Jennifer Sullivan pulled Memphis even closer before ECU went 9-for-9 from the free-throw line to keep the game out of the Lady Tigers' reach.
Booker led Memphis with 13 points off the bench and Victoria Crawford managed double-digit scoring again, going 6-for-8 from the free-throw line, but shooting just 2-for-11 from the field. Crawford led the Lady Tigers with five assists, and she and Sullivan and senior Raven Rogers each added six rebounds in the loss. All the Lady Tigers except Kaneshi Hart and Jamie Bradley scored in the game.
Jennifer Jackson finished with 18 points to lead ECU, going 11-for-12 from the free-throw line, adding seven rebounds. Shanita Sutton added 12 points in 26 minutes.
Memphis will not have much time to recover, as the Lady Tigers travel to Charlotte for the final of a four-game road swing, Sunday, beginning at noon (Central Time). That game will be televised live in Memphis on WLMT (UPN 30).