Cincinnati Upends Lady Tigers, 58-56
Jan. 30, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Anne Stephens grabbed an offensive board and stuck back the jumper with nine seconds remaining in the game to give Cincinnati (6-14, 1-6 C-USA) a 58-56 win over Memphis (10-11, 3-5 C-USA), Sunday. Stephens then went to the defensive end and grabbed a defensive rebound and waited for the Lady Tigers to foul her, before she went to the line to hit one of two free-throws to snap a nine-game Bearcat losing streak and give Cincinnati its first league win of the season.
"Our game plan was to front her (Stephens)," Savage said. "But post defense starts with pressure on the ball up front and we didn't do that."
Stephens would finish with a career-high 24 points off the bench, adding nine rebounds in 36 minutes of play, while Micah Harvey and Toni Slaughter each added 11.
"We just get one thing fixed in our turnovers (Memphis would finish with 11), and then we forget to do that things that were working," Savage said. "Before this game, we were shooting 70 or 80 percent from the free-throw line, and tonight we go out and shoot 52.9 percent."
The Lady Tigers got off to a quick start, sprinting out to a 9-2 lead before Cincinnati went on an 8-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 10-9. The Lady Tigers would answer back and retake the lead, but the lead never grew to more than five points in the remainder of the first half, and the Lady Tigers trailed 30-27 at the half.
Cincinnati would come out and Karen Twehues would hit a three right from the top of the key to stretch the lead to six at 33-27, before Memphis would use a 8-2 run to tie the game at 35 all. Then freshman Jessica Hall would nail a three off an inbounds play to give Memphis a 38-35 lead at the 15:06 mark. But Memphis would not put the Bearcats away, despite leading by seven two different times late in the second half.
"We have got to put teams away," Savage said. "Cincinnati was a team that was due a win, we told the team that in the locker room. They play with intensity and they haven't scored 70 points except once in conference play. If the game is 50 or 60 points, that favors them, we have got to learn to pull away."
Stephens would hit a jumper at the 1:22 mark to cut the lead to 54-53, and Harvey would step to the line to hit two free-throws to retake the lead at 55-54 with 32 seconds to play. Memphis drove down the floor and Victoria Crawford drove the lane, hitting a bucket to put Memphis back on top 56-55. Crawford also picked up the foul, but missed the and-one, as Slaughter grabbed the defensive board and Cincinnati drove to the end of the floor with 10 seconds remaining in the game. Harvey would penetrate the right block and throw up a wild shot, missing the rim, but Stephens was there for the put-back to seal the game.
Crawford finished with 28 points, but had an uncharacteristic day from the free-throw line, shooting 6-for-12. Jessica Hall came off the bench to score 10 points, hitting Memphis' only three, and spurring a defensive effort on Harvey that allowed the Lady Tigers to maintain a lead for a majority of the second half. Crawford and Jennifer Sullivan led the team with five rebounds apiece, as Memphis was out-rebounded 40-28 for the game.
The road gets more difficult for Memphis in the coming weeks as the Lady Tigers face league-leading TCU, Saturday, at 7 p.m. in Fort Worth, then follow that with a road contest at Houston, Monday, at 7 p.m. TCU defeated Houston Sunday afternoon to remain in a four-way tie for first atop the C-USA standings at 6-1.