@MemphisWBKB Falls on the Road at Temple, 64-51
Feb. 9, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - -
The University of Memphis women's basketball team dropped their third straight game, suffering a 64-51 loss at Temple (12-11, 6-6 The American), Sunday afternoon.
"I thought today, for the first time all year, the price for us to win, the effort required, was just too high for us today," head coach Melissa McFerrin said. "There's an ebb-and-flow to every season and this is the first time all year that the things I was asking our team to do, it was just more than they willing to give today. Most of all, we saw it on defense. The score wasn't high, we just didn't guard anybody today."
Temple got on the board first and used offensive rebounding to build a 6-2 lead, but the Tigers came back with a 4-0 run to tie it at 6-6 on a left handed scoop shot from Asianna Fuqua-Bey.
The Owls answered with another big run to push their first half lead to as many as 17 at 27-10 with 4:45 left in the first half. The Tigers tried to get their offense going, and finally got a three from Devin Mack and layup and-one from Ariel Hearn, needing to cut the deficit to single digits at 27-16 with 3:23 left, but the Owls' freshman point guard Feyonda Fitzgerald drained a three in transition, starting a 9-2 run that sent the Owls to the break on top, 34-19.
The Tigers came out and again pulled to just 11 down to get the second half started, trying to get the deficit to single digits. But Memphis could not string together back-to-back stops and found themselves trading buckets with the Owls for the remainder of the second half.
Three Owls scored double-digit points, led by 17 from Rateska Brown off the bench. Brown drained five of eight three-point field goal attempts. Feyonda Fitzgerald added 11 points and a game-high six assists, while Natasha Thames overcame first half foul trouble to finish with 10 points. Shi-Heria Shipp led all players with 13 rebounds, while teammate Ereica Covile added 10 boards.
Memphis will close out the two-game road trip with a Wednesday night contest at Cincinnati. That game will be played at 7 p.m. (ET).