Tigers Get McFerrin Her 100th Career Win, 74-58
Feb. 8, 2011
TULSA, Okla. - A 20-2 second half run helped Memphis pick up its 18th win of the season, 74-58, at Tulsa (5-12, 1-8 C-USA) Tuesday night. The victory was Melissa McFerrin’s 50th win at Memphis and her 100th career win overall.
Memphis trailed at the half, 29-27, after getting out-rebounded 24-18 in the opening half and committing 12 first half turnovers. The Tigers opened the game with turnovers on three of the first five trips, with Lonlack missing a wide open layup on a run out and Brittany Carter finally getting the Tigers on the board with 18:58 to play.
But while Memphis struggled to score, Tulsa kept crashing the glass and putting Memphis down as many as nine at 20-11 with 10:01 to play. Nicole Dickson connected on a three and a two to start a 6-0 Memphis run that pulled the Tigers to 20-17 down with 7:05 to play.
Tulsa answered back, but Mary Jackson drew a third foul on Tulsa’s leading scorer Taleya Mayberry and hit two free-throws to pull to 24-23 down. Memphis took a lead following a Lonlack run out, but Memphis committed turnovers on back-to-back trips and Tulsa used the glass to score with Mayberry in the game. Amanda Mason hit the first free throw in a one-and-one situation, then missed the second, but got her own offensive rebound and stuck it in over Alex Winchell to put Tulsa back in front 27-25.
The Tigers came out and got things working inside in the second half, opening the half with a bucket from Savannah Ellis, who would finish the night with 10 points, her first double-digit scoring night since a Dec. 17th game at Saint Louis. Ellis would also help the Tiger guards with her defense in the paint, finishing with a career-high four blocks.
Memphis used back to back run outs from Mary Jackson and Ramses Lonlack to push the lead to five at 47-42 and that was all the Tigers would need, as the defense would take over from there, holding Tulsa to just two field goals in five minutes.
Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir led Memphis with 12 points, her second double-digit scoring performance of the season, and her first since a 15-point night at Indiana on Nov. 18th. Nicole Dickson added 11 points and Ellis and Lonlack added 10 apiece in the win. Jasmine Lee led the effort on the glass with 10 rebounds as Memphis bounced back to win the rebounding battle 42-40.
With the win, Memphis moves to 12 games over .500. The last time that happened was March 4, 2004 after a first round win over UAB in the Conference USA tournament that made the Tigers 20-8 overall.
Memphis will have a bye date on Thursday, and will return to action on Sunday, at 2 p.m. at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse against Rice University.