Lady Tigers Shut Down All-American Valerie King For Win Over Cincinnati
Jan. 16, 2004
CINCINNATI - The University of Memphis women's basketball team improved to 11-5 overall; 1-2 in Conference USA with a 64-61 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats here Friday evening.
The road victory over the Bearcats marked the first time since 1998-99 that the Lady Tigers have secured a win in Cincinnati.
"I thought we played very well down the stretch," said coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "I thought we had some mental lapses at times, but I think we did a great job of making things happen tonight. I thought this team played to win, and they played with a lot of confidence."
Junior Jennifer Sullivan led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 18 points off a 7-of-9 effort from the field and a 4-of-6 effort from the charity stripe. Freshman Devin Necaise and senior Princess Swilley also scored in double figures with 12 points and 11 points, respectively. Senior Jordie Soso led Memphis in rebounding with six boards.
The Lady Tigers went to ther locker room with an eight-point deficit after shooting 38 percent from the field. The Lady Tigers looked out of sync at times, and turned the ball over 12 times in the half. Sullivan was charged with guarding all-American Valerie King and King scored just five points, all of which were in the first half. Her only three was a misassignment between Sullivan and freshman Devin Necaise where she was left wide open.
"I thought Jennifer (Sullivan) did a great job of taking Valerie King out of the game," added McNelis. "She really took Valerie out of her game, and that was huge in us getting this win."
Memphis outscored Cincinnati, 44-33, in the second half behind impressive shooting from the Lady Tigers. Memphis shot 61.5 percent in the second half and finished the game with a season-high 51.1 percent shooting mark from the field. UC outrebounded Memphis, 34-27, as Debbie Merrill hauled in a team-high eight boards. Merrill led her squad in scoring with 19 points. Micah Harvey was the only other Bearcat in double figures with 13 points.
The U of M will head to Louisville, Ky., where they will face the Lady Cardinals of UL on Sunday at 2 p.m.