Tigers Outlast Pirates 66-56 for Second Conference Win
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Memphis (11-6, C-USA 2-1) defeated ECU (11-5, C-USA 1 -2) 66-56, on Thursday, at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Tigers notched their second win in Conference USA while picking up their fifth straight win over the Pirates.
Ariel Hearn led the way for Memphis with 15 points with Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and Nicole Dicksonnot far behind with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Dickson tied a career high with three blocks in the contest.
Trailing 41-37 with 10:57 left to play in the second half, Dickson sparked a 13-2 scoring run pulling the Tigers ahead. The senior drained a jumper to bring Memphis within two of the ECU lead. Hearn then banked a three-pointer to give Memphis the lead 42-41.
Abdul-Qaadir tacked on two more with a jumper, bringing the total to seven Memphis points in a 43-second span. Hearn followed-up 30 seconds later with two free-throws and a lay-up to extend the Tigers' advantage to five. Jamila Ajanakucapped off the run with a lay-up to give Memphis a 50-43 lead over the Pirates.
ECU pulled to within three of the Memphis lead following a lay-up and jumper by Britany Edwards, but the Tigers would hold on to the lead for the final six minutes of play. Edwards recorded a double-double leading the Pirates with 14 points and 17 rebounds.
The Tigers and Pirates traded baskets for the next few minutes until Memphis embarked on a 10-2 scoring run at the four-minute mark, building an eight point lead. Dickson kicked-off the run with a jumper and one. Hearn followed two minutes later with another jumper to extend the Memphis lead 11-6.
Hearn then sank one of two from the charity stripe following a foul by ECU. Seconds later, Asiana-Fuqua-Bey followed suit with one of two from the foul line. Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir extended the Memphis lead moments later with jumper. In a repeat from her first trip to the foul line, Fuqua-Bey drained one of two to give the Tigers an eight point lead 16-8.
Not willing to go down with the ship, the Pirates fought back with a jumper by Brittny Edwards and lay-up by Chanel Green to pull ECU within four of the lead. Following a bucket by Memphis' Jaymie Jackson, ECU's Whitny Edwards tacked on a trey to help the Pirates keep pace.
Trailing by two with six minutes left to play in the half, Brittny Edwards tied the game 18 all for ECU, setting off an 8-3 scoring run to give the Pirates a 28-21 halftime lead. Edwards finished the first half with double-double hauling in 10 points and 12 rebounds in the first 20-minutes. This marked the second time during the 2012-13 campaign the Tigers won a game after trailing at the half.
Memphis continues league play on the road Sunday against Tulane, with tipoff set for 1 p.m. (CT). For more information on the University of Memphis women's basketball program and all Tigers athletics, please visit GoTigersGo.com.