Lady Tigers Drops Fourth C-USA Game
Jan. 15, 2006
TULSA, Okla - Memphis (2-13, 0-4 C-USA) shot just 26.7 percent as a full-court press and a zone in the defensive end helped Tulsa to a 93-40 victory in Donald W. Reynolds Center, Sunday.
The Lady Tigers trailed 49-19 at halftime as Tulsa's 2-2-1 full court press and a zone on the defensive end relegated Memphis to outside jumpers, dropping the Lady Tiger shooting percentage to 27. 3 for the opening stanza. On the Tulsa offensive end, Emily Jaskowiak scored 14 of her 16 points in the opening half of the game, including six of Tulsa's first eight points to quickly strech Tulsa's lead to double-digits.
"You have to give Tulsa credit," Head Coach Blair Savage said. "They had a good game plan and knew their zone would be effective and they just did a great job of attacking us."
Memphis then started the second half scoreless, giving up a 10-0 Tulsa run which featured three Golden Hurricane steals that were quickly converted to six points. Memphis battled back against the Tulsa bench, but following a physical encounter between senior point Tamika Butler and Tulsa back-up guard LeAnn Upshaw, Tulsa put their starters back in the game and the starting five again went after the Lady Tigers, not stretching the Tulsa lead, but clamping down the defensive pressure and pushing the Memphis shooters back to the outside.
"Our character is being revealed," Savage said. "I had to call a timeout with 2:09 left in the game to tell them that they brought they starters back and were trying to ram the ball down our throat and that we needed to find our pride and not let that happen." Memphis will return home for one C-USA contest, Friday, when UAB comes to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse for a 7 p.m. contest. Memphis will then travel to New Orleans to face Tulane, Sunday, at 2 p.m.