Lady Tigers Unable to Overcome First Half Deficit
Jan. 23, 2005
TAMPA, Fla. - Scoring just three field goals in the first 17 minutes against USF (14-6, 4-2 C-USA) doomed the Lady Tigers and snapped a three-game Lady Tiger conference win streakin a 72-58 loss, Sunday. Memphis shot just 25 percent in the opening 20 minutes, getting down to an explosive USF team that kept Memphis at bay.
Memphis did pull within 12 at one point in the second half at 43-31 as USF went over eight minutes without scoring a field goal, but the hole from the first half was just too much for the Lady Tigers to overcome as both teams scored 36 second half points, allowing USF to win by its first half deficit.
USF's Jessica Dickson did most of her damage in the first half, scoring 16 points in the first half and finishing with 27 as freshman Gresh Gorman was put on Dickson in the second half and held her to just two points, which Dickson got off a pair of free-throws from a Lady Tiger technical foul.
"We put Gresh on Dickson and I don't think she scored after that. She did exactly waht we wanted her to do. Gresh came ready to play and stepped up and answered the call when we needed to," Blair Savage said. "Gresh and Megan Gooch each came and were ready to play."
Jennifer Sullivan led Memphis with 14 points, adding six rebounds, while Victoria Crawford added 13 points, scoring nine of those from the free-throw line. Gooch finished with seven points and a game-high seven rebounds.
The Lady Tigers will return home to host Louisville, Friday, at 7 p.m. That game will be Jersey Night, where any youth wearing a jersey will receive free admission.