Lee Posts 21 Points, 16 Rebounds in 62-59 Win Against ECU
Jan. 15, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jasmine Lee scored 21 points and hauled in 16 rebounds and Memphis (12-4, 2-1 C-USA) held on to defeat East Carolina (6-9, 0-3 C-USA), 62-59, at Elma Roane Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon. Nicole Dickson added 18 points, including a career-high-tying four three-point shots, and seven boards. Ramses Lonlack finished the game with 11 points and five steals.
With the Tigers leading by a point, 44-43, with 10:16 remaining, Memphis went on a 13-0 run to open up the game. Dickson, Lee, Lonlack and Brittany Carter each scored for the Tigers during the run.
U of M was unable to maintain the margin, as ECU responded with a 16-5 run over the final 6:30, holding Memphis without a made field goal during that stretch. Memphis had multiple chances to seal the game from the charity stripe, but only managed to connect on 14-of-33 (42.4 percent) free-throw attempts for the contest, including 38.1 percent (8-for-21) in the second half.
The Pirates had three opportunities to tie the score in the final seven seconds. Bryelle Smith missed on two-separate attempts from beyond the arc. But, Memphis was unable to secure the rebound on both shot attempts. Dickson picked off the final inbounds attempt from ECU and Memphis escaped with the win.
The Tigers forced the Pirates into 27 turnovers, which they converted into 26 second-chance points. On the strength of Lee's 16 boards, U of M held an advantage in rebounds (47-40) and second chance points (22-13).
Memphis used an 11-0 run in the first half to gain the lead and head into the locker room ahead, 25-22. Lee paced the Tiger attack with eight points and seven rebounds in the opening stanza. Lee's dominance on the boards helped Memphis to a 14-2 advantage in second-chance points during the frame.
Bryelle Smith and Chareya Smith each scored 11 points for the visiting Pirates. Tatiana Chappel added eight points and 11 rebounds before fouling out of the contest.
Prior to the game, Lonlack was awarded a game ball for securing her 1,000th-career point in the Tigers' last game at UTEP, becoming the 21st player in program history to reach the plateau. Lonlack is only the sixth player in school history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists.
Memphis will pack its bags for back-to-back road games at Southern Miss on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (CT) and at UAB next Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (CT). For updates on women's basketball and all Memphis athletics, visit GoTigersGo.com.