Green Wave Outworks Tigers in 72-62 Decision
Jan. 20, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - - The University of Memphis (11-7, 2-2 C-USA) shot just 30.3 percent from the field and outside of the Nicole Dickson, who was 12-for-24 from the field, the rest of the squad was 11-for-52 in a 72-62 loss at Tulane (14-3, 3-1 C-USA), Sunday.
"I wasn't happy with our effort level today," Head Coach Melissa McFerrin said. "I told them before the game, this isn't a game where you can take a breath, you can't forget to box out, you can't forget to rebound, you cannot rest on this team and we just wanted it to be easy at times."
Both teams had new lineups to start the game. Tulane was without leading scorer Whitney Bibbins, while Nicole Dickson missed her first start of the season, but checked in after the under 16 media timeout. The two teams were a combined 1-for-12 from the field to start the game and it did not get much prettier from there, as Tulane shot 27.3 percent from the floor, while the Tigers were 24.3 percent from the field. Dickson came off the bench to knock down 11 points, but the Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir was 1-for-6 from the floor and second-leading scorer Ariel Hearn played just eight minutes after picking up two first half fouls.
Memphis briefly took the lead off a Dickson three, but Tulane stormed right back and went to the locker room holding on to a 25-24 lead.
After the break, Memphis came out and took a quick lead on a pair of free-throws from Asianna Fuqua-Bey, but Tulane got in transition and into the paint to retake the lead, blowing it all the way up to 11 at 46-35 with 11:55 to play. Lauren McGraw sparked her teammates into finally going after some 50-50 balls and Memphis used a 9-0 run to pull to one down at 46-45 with 7:55 left in the game.
From there, it was all Green Wave hustling all over the floor. The Tulane guards kept getting into the paint, and either hit easy buckets or drew fouls on the Tigers. The Tigers resorted to fouling late, but the Green Wave converted their attempts from the line late to close out the 72-62 victory.
Dickson finished with 31 points, her fifth 30 point game of the season. She was the only Tiger in double-digits. Jaymie Jackson led the team with 10 rebounds, a career-high for the freshman.
Tulane had four players in double-digits, led by 14 points from Jamie Kaplan.
Memphis will remain on the road and play at UAB, Thursday, at 7 p.m. in Bartow Arena in Birmingham.