Tigers' Stingy Defense Limits Cougars and U of M Wins, 69-41
Feb. 12, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis (19-5, 9-2 C-USA) opened the second half on a 21-5 run and defeated Houston (2-21, 1-10 C-USA), 69-41, on a cool Sunday afternoon at Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Jasmine Lee scored nine points and dominated the glass with a career-high 17 rebounds. Nicole Dickson led the U of M with 14 points and also hauled in eight boards.
A stout Memphis defense held Houston to just 20.0 percent (11-of-55) shooting, while the Tigers connected on 35.2 percent (25-of-71) from the floor.
Lee's dominance on the glass helped the U of M to a 62-35 advantage in rebounds and 17-6 margin in second chance points. The 27-rebound differential is the seventh-highest rebounding margin in program history.
Houston scored the first four points of the game, but Memphis countered with a 17-2 run en route to building a 10-point halftime lead, 30-20. Lee recorded seven points and 13 rebounds in the half and Dickson led all scorers with nine points. Danay Collier recorded five assists.
Both teams struggled shooting in the opening frame, with Memphis connecting on 27.5 percent (11-of-40) and Houston making 21.4 percent (6-of-28). Despite the cold shooting, outrebounding the Cougars, 33-19, helped the Tigers build their halftime cushion.
Roxana Button led the Cougars with 14 points and Amanda Lawson chipped in seven points and a team-high 11 boards.
Memphis travels to Huntington, W.Va. for a Thursday-evening matchup with Marshall. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m. (CT). The two teams met earlier this season at Elma Roane Fieldhouse, with the Tigers earning the 71-58 victory after holding the Thundering Herd to 21 second-half points. Lee posted 21 points and 15 rebounds in the first meeting.