Lady Tigers Get Back To .500 With Win Over ECU
Feb. 1, 2002
Memphis, Tenn. - Junior center Shannon Hamp scored a career high 30 points en route to an 83-62 University of Memphis win over East Carolina here Friday evening. The Lady Tigers improve to 10-10 overall, 4-3 in Conference USA, while ECU dropped to 3-16 overall, 1-7 in the league.
Hamp, who is the only Lady Tiger to score 20 or more points in a game this season, led Memphis to victory with 30 points off a 12-of-20 effort from the field and a 6-of-8 performance from the free-throw line. Hamp was one rebound away from her fourth career double-double, leading Memphis on the boards with nine rebounds. The 6-2 Monroe, La., native has scored 20 or more points in five games this season.
Sophomore Princess Swilley also powered The U of M offense with a season-high 18 points off a 6-of-14 effort from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 mark from the charity stripe. Swilley hauled in a career-high seven rebounds and also totaled three assists and a steal in 30 minutes on the court. Junior transfer Rita Beckwith tallied her second straight double-digit game, chipping in 10 points in just 13 minutes of action. Beckwith also forced three steals and pulled down five boards in the win. Junior Kalara McFadyen led Memphis in assists with six and in steals with five.
"I thought this was a good win for us," said head coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "We got sloppy at times, but I think we were very effective in transition and got some easy buckets to help swing the momentum. But there were too many times that we had lapses in the game. I didn't think we played 40 minutes of basketball tonight, but I also don't think that we just played 20 minutes."
"The one thing that we have really struggled with this season is focus," added McNelis. "ECU kept fighting the whole game, but we were getting too relaxed. This team is not good enough to sit back and relax during a game. We have to keep the intensity and the energy going, and we have to keep the momentum from shifting during the game."
The Lady Tigers were very effective in the paint, outrebounding ECU, 44-29, for the game. Five Lady Tigers hauled in five or more boards, led by Hamp's nine rebounds. Though ECU shot better from the line, hitting 10-of-12 free throws, Memphis had many more chances from the line, converting 27 of 35 shots from the line. The Lady Tigers shot 47 percent for the game, including a 60 percent (15-of-25) shooting mark in the second half, while ECU shot just 36.5 percent (23-of-63) for the game.
Courtney Willis led ECU's efforts with 13 points off a 5-of-14 shooting effort from the field. She also led the Pirates in rebounding, hauling in seven boards. Tali Robich and Jennifer Jackson also scored in double figures, chipping in 10 points apiece.
The Lady Tigers will host Charlotte on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The 49ers are 11-9 overall, 3-4 in C-USA, after defeating Saint Louis on the road, 66-48, Friday evening. The game will be broadcast live on WKNO-TV10, and all fans who print out the coupon on the gotigersgo.com website will get into the game for $2.00. The Lady Tiger alumni game will run from 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at The Fieldhouse on Sunday prior to the UM-Charlotte match-up.