Lady Tiger Basketball Falls at East Carolina
Feb. 2, 2003
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Another second half scoring drought cost The University of Memphis (9-11, 2-5 C-USA) a game at East Carolina (9-10, 1-5 C-USA), Sunday, 87-76. The Lady Tigers were outscored 19-9 in the first 10 minutes of the second half, as ECU turned up the intensity and went at the Lady Tiger defense. The Lady Tigers fouled ECU 19 times in the second half, as the Lady Pirates used a 31-39 performance from the free-throw line to lock up their first league win of the season.
The Lady Pirates came out of the gate with a lot of energy, taking an early 10-4 lead before the Lady Tigers started converting some fast break points to tie it up at 10 apiece on a Princess Swilley jumper. Swilley would finish with 14 points.
But ECU put together another little mini-spurt, using some timely three-point shooting and 16 first-half points from Jennifer Jackson to take a 37-34 lead into the locker room at the half.
Shannon Hamp led Memphis with 25 points and eight rebounds, but all of Hamp's second-half scoring came late in the game after the senior picked up her fourth foul with 8:21 remaining in the game.
Junior Kaneshi Hart finished with eight points and five rebounds and was one of the Lady Tigers cited by Joye-Lee McNelis during the post-game.
"Kaneshi was our only effective weapon at the 4 spot," McNelis said. "She played about as good as she can play, but we didn't get anything from the rest of the 4s all night." Five Lady Pirates finished in double-digit scoring for East Carolina led by a career-high 31 from Jennifer Jackson. Jackson also had a career-best 17 rebounds in ECU's first league under Head Coach Sharon Baldwin.
Memphis returns home to host South Florida and UAB. The Lady Tigers will face South Florida, Friday, at 7 p.m. and will host UAB, Sunday, at 3 p.m.