Tigers Run to 74-53 Win Over UCF
Jan. 20, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - -
By: Colby Wilson
Memphis started out strong and never looked back, blowing the doors off the visiting UCF Knights, 74-53, Thursday night at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The win was the Tigers third in a row against the Knights and snapped a two-game losing streak for Memphis.
Memphis opened the game on a 21-8 run, thanks in no small part to two early Alex Winchell three-pointers. Winchell surpassed former Tiger Devin Necaise (2004-07) for second on the all-time made three-pointers list and now has made 182 three-pointers in her career.
Junior Brittany Carter tied her career high with five assists, all in the first half. Carter filled the stat sheet all night, winding up with 13 points and six rebounds to go along with her assists. She scored her 900th career point in a U of M uniform as well.
UCF was held to just 28.1 percent shooting from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, including just 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. Combined with Memphis' early scoring barrage and continued hot shooting in the first half (57.7 percent from the field, 62.5 percent from three-point territory), the Tigers built a comfortable 40-25 margin after the opening half.
Memphis entered the evening as conference leader in rebounding margin at +5.3 per night and added to that against the Knights, out-rebounding the visitors from the Florida by 15 (49-34) in the contest.
The Knights problems on the boards began early as UCF didn't have an individual get a defensive rebound through the first 16 minutes of action.
The second stanza offered the same refrain for Memphis; while shooting dipped to 36.7 percent overall in the second half, defensive intensity held UCF in shooting (37.5 percent for the game, 32.8 overall) and in ball handling, with the Knights turning the ball over 20 times in the game.
The Tigers owned a 10-point advantage in second-chance points (25-15) and doubled the Knights up in bench points (24-12) thanks in no small part to Nicole Dickson, who had 12 points in her reserve role.
Ball-handling was key for the Tigers, who got a season-high 20 assists, led Winchell with six.
The Tigers were stellar from beyond the arc as well, hitting a season-high tying eight on 12 attempts.
The Tigers will hit the road for two games, Houston (Jan. 23) and Marshall (Jan. 27) before returning home, this time at the FedExForum, Sunday, Jan. 30. The game will be a `Pink Zone' game for breast cancer awareness; all fans who wear pink to the game will get in free to the contest, which tips off at 6 p.m.