Lady Tigers Come Up Short at League-Leading UTEP, 75-62
Jan. 20, 2008
EL PASO, Texas - - The UTEP Miners went on a 33-10 run over the last 12:20 to come back from a 52-42 Memphis lead to pick up a 10th-straight win, 75-62, in El Paso, Sunday afternoon.
"We fought hard and we have nothing to hang our head about," Head Coach Blair Savage-Lansden said. "The crowd played in to it a little bit. We got rattled a bit, but looking at the stats it was an even game. The one thing that I could say we could have done better was the free-throw line."
Memphis dictated the pace of the game early, slowing down the up-tempo Miner offense. Tied at nine, Memphis worked the ball around for a 14-2 run that helped build a 24-14 lead. The two teams then traded buckets before UTEP used an 8-0 run to pull within two thanks to five points from Tasha Marisett. Marisett broke loose and pitched ahead to a wide-open Kasia Krezel, who knocked down the three. Claudia Porres then snuck behind the Lady Tiger defense and knocked down a lay-up, the first of five straight points Porres would score to power UTEP to an 8-0 run and the 33-32 lead with 2:16 to play. But Memphis would hold the edge at the break thanks to a steal from Ashley Thornton. Thornton drove the length of the court and converted the lay-up to send Memphis in to the break up 36-35.
"We went on the road and split, so it was a good weekend for us. We just can't let them take our confidence away from us," Savage said.
Memphis seemingly had the upperhand early in the second half, opening the final 20 minutes on an 11-5 run to pull out to a 52-42 lead. Alex Winchell knocked down a three against a UTEP zone, forcing UTEP Head Coach Keith Adams to burn her second timeout in the first five minutes of the half.
Isabela Pierkarska bounced back from first half foul trouble to lead UTEP with 13 points and seven rebounds. Kasia Krezel, Natasha Lacy and Tasha Marisett each added 11 points in the win. The win improves UTEP to 14-2, 5-0 in Conference USA and is their eighth straight home win this season.
Memphis will have a week off to recover from the road swing before returning downtown to FedExForum to host UAB, a team that defeated Memphis in Birmingham earlier this season, 76-63.That game will be played at January 27th beginning at 2:00 p.m.