Carter's 32 Points Leads Tiger Romp of East Carolina
Feb. 6, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After being injured in the Tigers match-up at East Carolina, Jan. 9, junior guard Brittany Carter was looking for some redemption against the Lady Pirates. She exploded for 20 in the first half and a season-high 32 for the game as Memphis (17-6, 6-3 C-USA) cruised to an 83-70 win against the visitors from Greenville.
Memphis got down 8-2 early on back-to-back threes from ECU (10-12, 4-5 C-USA), but a 21-6 Memphis run put the Tigers up and in good position. Senior Alex Winchell hit three long threes during that time, erasing the memories of her 3-for-19 performance from three in the previous three contests.
The Tigers were red-hot from the floor in the first half, shooting 58.1 percent (18-for-31) from the field and hitting five of six from three.
But it was Carter who was the catalyst for everything, leading Memphis in points (20), rebounds (five) and steals (three) in the opening half.
These teams came into the match-up with ECU allowing almost 10 points more than Memphis per game, and it showed when the Lady Pirates allowed Memphis to score a season-high 52 first-half points. A 52-36 halftime score gave the Tigers their second-largest half time lead this season, and second game in a row they've been ahead by 16 at the break.
Memphis never trailed and was never really threatened in the second half, with the lead never dwindling to below 11 points. Sophomore Nicole Dickson chipped in 11 second-half points of the bench.
East Carolina clearly missed senior leaders Kim Gay and Kelly Smith and the 19 points a game they had brought to the table. Both missed this contest due to injury.
Carter's 32 points was her second-highest single-game performance as a Tiger, and best this season, on a season-best 12-for-18 shooting. It was the most scored in a match-up of two C-USA squads by an individual this season.
The game was a very physical affair, with the teams combining for 45 personal fouls. East Carolina's Crystal Wilson earned a technical foul late in the first half, and four ECU players had at least four fouls.
Memphis' three-point shooting was exemplary, with the Tigers shooting a season-best 75 percent (9-for-12) from beyond the arc today.
Memphis, which was expecting a lighter week this week, will now make up the game at Tulsa that was snowed out last Thursday, traveling to Oklahoma Tuesday for a tilt against the Golden Hurricane. The Tigers will host Rice, next Sunday, at 2 p.m. when they make their return to Elma Roane Fieldhouse for the first time since Jan. 20.