Lady Tigers Extend Winning Streak To Five With 74-67 Victory Over Charlotte
Feb. 6, 2004
The University of Memphis women's basketball team extended its C-USA winning streak to five games with a 74-67 victory over Charlotte Friday at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Reserve guard Victoria Crawford led the Lady Tigers in scoring for the 11th time this season chipping in 20 points as Memphis improved to 16-6 overall and 6-3 in C-USA action. The 49ers lost for just the second time in league play dropping to 6-2 and 13-8 overall.
Memphis forward Raven Rogers added 16 points giving her four straight games in double figures. The junior also helped Memphis to a 36-29 advantage in rebounds grabbing a team high eight boards.
The teams battled back and forth in the game's opening minutes, but a 13-12 Charlotte lead at the 12:46 mark would be its last of the night, as Memphis went on a 18-5 run over the next 7:50 to take a 30-18 lead.
Charlotte held the Lady Tigers scoreless over the final 4:58 of the half, but the visitors could not take advantage scoring only five points to cut the Memphis lead at the break to 30-23.
The 49ers crept within three points at 39-36 with 15:31 to play, but the Lady Tigers quickly built their lead back to double digits with a 7-0 run sparked by a pair of Princess Swilley jumpers.
Swilley had 11 of her 13 points after the break as the Lady Tigers shot a smoltering 67 percent from the floor in the second half. Memphis made 16-of-24 field goals and attempted a season-low four three pointers. Swilley and Crawford combined to go 12-for-21 from the field and Crawford hit 10 of her 12 free throw attempts.
Charlotte struggled from behind the arc making just 6-of-21 attempts. For the game, the 49ers shot just 37.5 percent from the field. Sakellie Daniels led Charlotte with 14 points while Peaches Harris added 12 and Leslie Cook scored 11.
Memphis increased its lead to as many as 14 on three different occasions down the stretch and held on for the seven-point victory. The Lady Tigers are 6-0 all-time at home against Charlotte and now lead the series 10-3.
The Lady Tigers return to action Sunday at the Fieldhouse against East Carolina with tipoff set for Noon. The game will be produced for broadcast by C-USA TV with Amy Prichard and Don Russell providing the commentary. The game will air live on TV Time Warner Channel Six.