Lady Tigers Improve to 14-6 With Win Over Tulane
Jan. 31, 2004
NEW ORLEANS - The University of Memphis women's basketball team improved to 14-6 overall; 4-3 in Conference USA, with a 76-64 win over Tulane here Saturday evening. Tulane dropped to 7-12, and has not won a league game, sitting at the bottom of the conference with a 0-6 record.
Memphis had a strong fan following to Tulane as several players and members of the coaching staff are from the area. Three Hancock County buses pulled up shortly before the game and unloaded the "Devin Necaise Fan Club." The freshman guard did not disappoint her family and friends as she scored 11 points and hauled in three rebounds. Necaise hit the only two treys for Memphis, both of which were in the second half.
"Any win we can get on the road is a good win," said coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "We had a very loud crowd here, and I was glad to give all of these fans a win. We really appreciate all of the support from our players' friends and families who made the trip here. "
The Lady Tigers, which were cold from the free-throw line in the first half, had a strong showing from the line in the second half. From the 13 minute mark to the seven minute mark, Memphis scored 10 straight points from the charity stripe to up their lead to 12 points. In the second half, Memphis was 15-of-19 from the line, and finished the game with a 66.7 percent shooting mark from the line.
Junior Victoria Crawford led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 17 points off a 4-of-7 shooting effort from the field. Crawford was 9-of-10 from the free-throw line, and also totaled five rebounds and five assists. Junior Raven Rogers recorded her third career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds against the Green Wave. Rogers played the entire 40 minutes, and also totaled three assists and two steals.
The Lady Tigers took a 39-31 lead to the locker room at the half, despite shooting a dismal 45.5 percent from the free-throw line. Memphis was 5-of-11 from the charity stripe, but made up for it from the field, hitting 65.4 percent from the floor. Princess Swilley was 6-of-6 from the field in leading Memphis at the half with 12 points. Swilley was held scoreless in the second half. In the first half, Rogers dominated the boards for Memphis, hauling in six rebounds.
D'Aundra Henry led Tulane in scoring with 17 points off a 7-of-12 effort from the field and 2-of-4 showing from the free-throw line. LaKethia Hampton was also in double digits with 14 points. Rebounding efforts were equal as both squads totaled 30 boards. Of Memphis' 30 rebounds, 26 of them were defensive boards.
The Lady Tigers will continue C-USA action on Monday when they face McNelis' alma mater Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. USM enters the meeting with a 14-5 overall record; 2-4 in Conference USA, after defeating Saint Louis at home, 81-51, Saturday afternoon.