Lady Tigers Suffer 66-65 Loss to Louisville
Jan. 18, 2004
LOUISVILLE, KY. - The University of Memphis women's basketball team dropped to 11-6 overall; 1-3 in Conference USA with a 66-65 loss to the Louisville Cardinals here Sunday afternoon.
The loss is the third Conference USA loss that Memphis has suffered by three or fewer points.
"I thought we did a good job defensively, with the exception of stopping Jazz Covington," said coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "I really thought that when the ball rolled around the rim that it was going to go in. But, that is not what lost the game. The lane violations killed us. We gave them two points when they had second chances to hit the free throws."
Freshman center Jazz Covington scored 18 of Louisville's first 24 points of the second half and paced her squad with 28 points off a 13-of-19 effort from the field. She was just 2-of-7 from the free-throw line and also led Louisville with nine rebounds. Louisville improved to 10-7 overall and is 2-2 in Conference USA.
Junior Victoria Crawford led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 18 points. She was 6-of-13 from the field and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. Crawford's shot with just 3.3 seconds left on the clock, which would have given Memphis the one-point victory, fell just over the rim. She managed to get the offensive board, but missed the second attempt at the buzzer.
Jennifer Sullivan also scored in double digits for Memphis with 17 points. She fouled out of the game with 3:38 left on the clock. Junior Raven Rogers scored 13 points and led Memphis in rebounding with eight boards. Memphis shot 49 percent from the field and outrebounded Louisville, 37-36.
"The bottom line is that we have to step up and make plays in crunch time," added McNelis. "You have to give Louisville a lot of credit - particularly Jazz Covington. She schooled our post players today. She should definitely have a shot at C-USA Freshman of the Year honors."
Sara Nord and Katie Olson also scored in double figures for Louisville with 14 points and 10 points, respectively. Nord was 6-of-22 from the field, including a 2-of-12 mark from behind the arc.
The Lady Tigers will continue the C-USA season next weekend when they welcome UAB and USF to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Memphis will face UAB at 7 p.m. on Friday and USF at 2 p.m. on Sunday.