Lady Tigers Drop Fifth Straight Game
Feb. 7, 2005
Fifteen first-half Memphis turnovers and 12 first half offensive rebounds for Houston (17-5, 7-2 C-USA) posed an unsurmountable mountain for the Lady Tiger basketball team (10-13, 3-7 C-USA), Monday night. The Lady Tigers would finish with 27 turnovers in a 74-45 loss.
"You're not going to win with 27 turnovers," Head Coach Blair Savage said. "We have to understand when we haven't scored on two trips down the floor, we don't rely on the jumper. You have to stay confident in the game of basketball and not shoot out of desperation."
Memphis came out and jumped up early on the Cougars, leading 6-2 and forcing Houston to call a timeout and regroup as the Lady Tigers were beating the team down the floor, although they were unable to convert a lot of the looks they got on the other end.
"Houston called a timeout and regrouped and they slapped the floor and decided that was enough," Savage said. "Unfortunately they decided to press our guards and we threw rainbow balls and we didn't step to the pass which you have to do more against the press like that."
Fifteen first-half turnovers and giving up 12 offensive rebounds to the Houston Cougars found Memphis in the locker room on the short end of a 36-16 halftime score. Houston came out and used their taller guards to trap the shorter Lady Tiger guards just across center court and Houston guard Joanna Overstreet took advantage with five first half steals, converting those steals to three assists and six points. The quick ball movement of the ball across the top of the Lady Tiger offense opened things up down low for Sancho Lyttle, who finished the first half with 11 points and six rebounds.
"We started pressuring (Overstreet) for some odd reason that was not in the game plan," Savage said. "When you pressure her, she is excellent in creating offense. She makes everybody else around her so much better, and that's what we have to understand from the point guard position. She gets her points when people cheat off someone else."
Freshman Jessica Hall was the lone Lady Tiger in double-digit scoring, leading the team with 12 points. Senior Raven Rogers finished with 13 rebounds. Sancho Lyttle led Houston with 13 points, while Kadi Creel and Daphne Andre finished with 11 and 10, respectively in the win.
The Lady Tigers return home to host Saint Louis, Sunday, Feb. 13th. That game will tip at 2 p.m.