East Carolina Rebounds Past Lady Tigers
Feb. 10, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Getting out-rebounded 48-35 and giving up 36 points in the paint, the University of Memphis women's basketball team (3-19, 1-10 C-USA) fell 74-54 in C-USA action Friday night.
"We just didn't take advantage of them on the offensive end," Head Coach Blair Savage said. "We'd get a defensive stop and then go down and not get the ball reversed and so ECU only had to defend half the court and got all those chances to rest. We didn't have balance. We did Monday and now, where did that go? It goes back to the mental side and being tough."
It was Memphis' three-point shooting which kept the ECU's halftime lead under double-digits, as Memphis trailed 37-29 at the half after making 7 of their last 8 field goals in the second half from beyond the arc. Devin Necaise got the three-point shooting rolling with a three with Memphis trailing 22-6 at the 10:01 mark. Tamika Butler added a pair of threes of her own, and when Sherika Montgomery put in two points in the paint, Memphis would sink its next four shots from three-point range, three of them coming from Necaise. Memphis was 7-for-12 from three-point range, led by Necaise's 14 points.
But Cherie Mills, ECU's big player inside, scored ECU's last nine points of the half to finish with 13 points and six rebounds, five offensive, in the opening stanza.
Coming back out to start the second half, ECU went right back to pounding away inside, with Mills and Jessica Honesty working inside. Memphis tried to counter by going to a smaller, quicker lineup to create some mismatches, but ECU kept working on the inside, pulling away to the final 74-54 final score.
Ashley Howard had a career-high 16 points with 10 rebounds, her second double-double of the season. Necaise also added 16 points, all but 14 of them coming in the opening half.
Mills led all scorers with 21 points while LaToya Horton and Jasmine Young each added 10 points.
The Lady Tigers will continue their four-game league road trip with a CSTV game at Marshall, Sunday. That game tips at 4:30 p.m. (ET). Memphis will play its last regular season road weekend next weekend, playing at Southern Miss on Friday and UCF on Sunday.
Memphis' first points of the game also moved Tamika Butler into a tie for sixth in the career assist category. Butler finished with five assists and is now just six behind Kathy Bennett (1976-78).
The 10 rebounds and career-high 16 points gave Ashley Howard her second double-double of the season. Her first was a 12-point, 12-rebound night in the season-opener at UL Monroe.