Lady Tigers Snap Four-Game Losing Streak
Jan. 14, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - - Kaneshi Hart backed into the lane after a pass from Devin Necaise and converted a turn-around jumper with 47 seconds remaining to help Memphis take a 54-53 lead en route a 56-53 Lady Tiger victory, Friday.
"It was a big win because we knew if we kept the score kind of low, Tulane prefers to keep it in the 60s and we prefer the 70s," Sullivan said. "To overwrite the stat and come together is good for us and we know we can do this."
Tulane (8-8, 0-3 C-USA) was then whistled for two straight fouls, as Lakethia Hampton fouled Raven Rogers, sending Rogers to the line, where she shot 1-for-2 to put Memphis up by a bucket. Tulane went down the floor and missed a pair of jumpers, including one off a steal of a Hart rebound, before Rogers was fouled again in a scrum for the defensive board, again shooting 1-for-2 from the line, stretching Memphis' lead to its final total of 56-53.
"Since the Charlotte game, we've really practiced certain situations, down one with so many seconds, up two with so much time, we've really been practicing that, so I think that gave us confidence that they could do it when they were out there," Head Coach Blair Savage said. "The bench was saying yeah, this is what we practiced. It gave them, unlike Charlotte when we weren't confident; it gave the players on the floor and on the bench a lot of confidence."
At one point in the game, Memphis had a double-digit lead over the Green Wave, as freshman Jessica Hall hit three free-throws after being fouled on a three-point field goal attempt to stretch the Lady Tiger lead to 23-13. Hall would have six points in the first half after drilling a three from the corner on an inbounds play earlier in the half. The freshman would finish with eight points, six rebounds, four steals and four assists in 22 minutes, giving the Lady Tigers some solid play off the bench.
"Jessica Hall played phenomenal on the ball defense," Savage said. "She didn't take a lot of chances, she just played fundamental defense which allowed our other guards to deny and they got frustrated and made some sloppy passes. We got our hands on a lot of passes, even if we didn't come up with the steal, our hands gave us some momentum and confidence in the game."
But Tulane managed to trim the Memphis lead to 29-23 at the break. And following the break, a rattled Lady Tiger team forced Blair Savage to take a timeout just 33 seconds into the second half as Savage tried to rally the team on the defensive end. Following three straight Memphis possessions that were ended due to turnovers, Raven Rogers hit a lay-up on a break off a feed from Hall to get Memphis back into the grove and the Lady Tiger lead would sit in single digits until Jamie Montagnino hit a three at the 8:24 mark to tie the game at 43-all. Tulane would take a two-point lead off a bucket from Dominique Philpots, but Rogers would answer back from Memphis from deep in the corner, hitting a three to put Memphis back on top, 46-45, with 6:54 to play. Lakethia Hampton answered back immediately for Tulane, hitting a jumper and one, converting a free-throw to put Tulane up 48-46 with 6:20 remaining.
But Memphis went deep again, with Tamika Butler nailing a three from the top of the key off an assist from Hall to put Memphis back on top, 49-48 at the 4:40 mark. Jennifer Sullivan was whistled for a foul, and Courtney Simmons went to the line to knot the game again at 49 all before Sullivan was fed a ball that Butler had stole for a 51-49 Memphis lead. The lead would stretch to three at 52-49 when Hart picked up her fourth personal foul and Philpots converted both free-throws and then hit a jumper over Hart following a 30-second timeout at the 1:06 mark, putting the Green Wave on top 53-52. Hart got the last laugh though as she hit the jumper that put the Lady Tigers on top for good with 47 seconds remaining.
"I think our main focus was being up and playing hard defense and getting a stop," Hall said. "Hopefully they would shoot that shot and we would get the rebound like Raven did."
The Lady Tigers improved to 7-1 in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse and snapped a four-game losing streak. Jennifer Sullivan led Memphis (8-8, 1-2 C-USA) with 14 points, while Raven Rogers added 13 points and seven rebounds. Hart would finish with seven points and two rebounds in 18 minutes.
Lakethia Hampton led Tulane with 14 points, while Jamie Montagnino added14 points. D'Aundra Henry finished with a game-high 11 rebounds while Dominique Philpots finished with 10 points, four of those coming with less than two minutes to play. Tulane will continue on the road and will face Saint Louis, Sunday. Memphis will host Southern Miss in a game that is set to tip at 2:00 p.m.