Memphis Holds Off USF For 69-59 Victory In Women's Basketball Action
Jan. 25, 2004
Memphis, Tenn.-- - Princess Swilley and Victoria Crawford each chipped in 16 points as Memphis defeated USF 69-59 in Conference USA women's basketball action Sunday at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Memphis evened its league mark at 3-3 with the victory and improved to 13-6 overall while the Bulls dropped to 8-11 and 1-5 in C-USA play.
Swilley had 12 of her season-high 16 points in the second half as the Lady Tigers held off a late rally by USF to secure the 10-point win. The Bulls went on a 12-1 run to cut a one-time 18-point Memphis lead down to just four at 61-57 with 3:13 to play.
Memphis responded by outscoring the Bulls 8-2 in the closing minutes as the visitors struggled from the free throw line down the stretch making just 5-of-15 attempts after the break. For the game, USF went just 12-for-27, while the Lady Tigers made 20-of-30 attempts.
Crawford also put up double figure numbers in rebounds grabbing 10 to record her first double-double of the season. It was Crawford's 14th game this season that she has reachd double figures in points. The Lady Tigers held a 50-39 edge on the boards as freshman Megan Gooch tied a career-high with nine and forward Latrice Booker also added nine rebounds.
The first half was a closely contested with three ties and eight lead changes until Memphis forward Raven Rogers hit a three-pointer at the 6:33 mark. The three helped Memphis close the half on a 12-3 run and take a 31-23 lead at halftime.
The Bulls were led by Nalini Miller who had 22 points and 13 rebounds. The Bulls' center did struggle from the free throw line making just 2-of-9 attempts including key misses down the stretch.
USF guard Rachel Sheats had 13. The Bulls forced Memphis into 18 turnovers with 16 of those coming off of steals. USF guard Anedra Gilmore had a game-high seven steals.
Memphis takes to the road this upcoming weekend with a Saturday afternoon matchup at Tulane and Monday night tilt with Southern Miss. Game times are at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.