Tigers Win Fifth Straight C-USA Contest, 69-56
Jan. 29, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - - Led by a third straight double-double from Jasmine Lee, who finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, the University of Memphis women's basketball team (16-4, 6-1 C-USA) endured a late second half East Carolina (6-14, 0-6 C-USA) rally in a 69-56 win on the road, Sunday.
The Tigers got out to a quick start, using defensive pressure to force seven East Carolina turnovers by the first media timeout. Nicole Dickson hit a three with 11:08 to play in the opening half to push the lead to double-digits at 17-6, and the lead hovered near double digits the rest of the half, as the Tigers hit the locker room up 36-24.
ECU came out to start the second half and took advantage of the pulled back Tiger defense, opening the half on a 5-3 run to cut the lead to single digits at 39-30 with 17:11 to play. But Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir answered with a jumper and started a Memphis run that pushed the lead to 54-37 with 11:09 to play. But the home team still wasn't done. Kristine Mial and Katie Paschal teamed up to score seven straight points to bring the Pirates bench and fans back in to the game and Paschal faked a three to lose her defender, then drove to the hole to make it 61-52 with 4:26 to play.
But again, Dickson had the crowd quieter, dropping in a shot in the paint to snap the ECU momentum. The Tigers then ran the clock on each offensive possession, resulting in the final 69-56 score.
Jasmine Lee led all players with 20 points, while Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir finished with 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Nicole Dickson finished with 10 points on 4-for-17 shooting, adding eight rebounds and a team-high six assists. Memphis held a 46-30 points in the paint advantage and shot 47.6 percent for the game.
Memphis returns home for a pair of Conference USA home games this week. Memphis will have its rematch with Southern Miss, Thursday, at 7 p.m. and will host UCF, Saturday, in the second game of a double-header with the Tiger men's basketball team. That game will be played at FedExForum at 4 p.m. and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Network. That is also the Tigers' Breast Cancer Awareness game, where everyone wearing pink will receive free admission.