Lady Tigers Get Second Straight Road Victory With Win Over USM
Feb. 2, 2004
HATTIESBURG, MISS. - The University of Memphis women's basketball team improved to 15-6 overall; 5-3 in Conference USA, with a 73-61 win over Southern Miss here Monday evening. Southern Miss dropped to 14-6 overall and 2-5 in Conference USA.
Four Lady Tigers scored in double digits in the win over USM as junior Victoria Crawford came off the bench to lead Memphis with 17 points. Crawford was 4-of-6 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. Crawford also hauled in six rebounds and forced three steals. Princess Swilley, Raven Rogers and Devin Necaise all added 13 points apiece. Swilley was held scoreless in the first half, but managed to score in double figures in the second half.
Rogers recorded her second concecutive double-double with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Rogers, who now totals four career double-doubles, scored 16 points and hauled in 13 rebounds in the win over Tulane this past Saturday.
The Lady Tigers shot 43.6 percent from the field, and limited USM to 39.7 percent shooting. Memphis also was 20-of-30 from the charity stripe, while USM hit just nine of their 18 attempts from the line. USM outrebounded Memphis, 40-39. The Lady Tigers scored 18 points off 15 USM turnovers, while the Lady Eagles managed 13 points off 12 Memphis miscues.
"What a great win tonight," said coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "There is nothing sweeter than coming home and getting a win here. We had a huge crowd show up and cheer us on. I am much more pleased with tonight's win. We didn't fold in crunch time, like I felt we did the other night against Tulane."
The Lady Tigers will continue C-USA action this weekend at home when they welcome Charlotte and East Carolina to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse on Friday and Sunday. The East Carolina game will tip off at noon on Sunday, and will be televised by C-USA TV with Amy Prichard and Don Russell providing the commentary. Memphis and Charlotte will face off at 7 p.m. on Friday.