Guard Trio Lifts Lady Tigers To 79-60 Route Of East Carolina
Feb. 8, 2004
Memphis, Tenn.-- - The University of Memphis women's basketball team ran its winning streak to six games with a 79-60 victory over East Carolina Sunday afternoon at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Lady Tigers' guard trio of Jennifer Sullivan, Princess Swilley and Victoria Crawford combined to score 63 of the team's 79 points as Memphis improved to 17-6 overall and 7-3 in C-USA play. The loss dropped East Carolina to 14-8 overall and 5-4 in league play.
Sullivan paced the Lady Tigers with a career-high 26 points as she scored 12 of the team's first 14 points. Sullivan's efforts gave Memphis a 14-13 lead at the 8:49 mark before a 10-2 run quickly pushed the Lady Tigers' lead to nine. The teams traded baskets down the stretch before an 18-foot jumper by Swilley as the half ended gave the Lady Tigers a 32-21 lead at the break.
A quick 4-0 run to open the half by ECU pulled the Pirates within seven, but that would be as close as the visitors would come as Swilley and Sullivan continued to light it up from the field. Memphis scored 47 points after the break on 60.7 percent shooting from the floor.
The duo combined to go 22-for-32 from the field for the game as the Lady Tigers shot 54.4 percent for the game. Sullivan hit 12-for-16, while Swilley had a season-high 20 points on 10-for-16 shooting. Crawford added 17 off the bench for the Lady Tigers.
Forward Raven Rogers had 11 of her game-high 13 rebounds in the first half while Memphis held ECU to just 26.5 percent shooting. Each team had 37 rebounds in the contest. ECU center Courtney Willis led the Pirates in scoring and rebounding with 16 and eight, respectively. Jennifer Jackson added 10 points and also grabbed eight boards.
Memphis takes to the road next weekend to face two of the leagues' top teams. The Lady Tigers face Marquette Friday in Milwaukee at 7 p.m. and travel to Chicago Sunday to face DePaul at 2 p.m.