Tigers Closeout Win over UAB at Free Throw Line
MEMPHIS, Tenn .-Memphis (14-10, C-USA 5-5) downed UAB (14-9, C-USA 5-5) 64-57, Thursday, at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Three Tigers scored in double-figures as Memphis evened its Conference USA record at 5-5.
"That was a battle of two teams that were tired," Head Coach Melissa McFerrinsaid. "We both had to grind that game out and neither team really had a lot of energy. But it was big for us to get the tiebreaker in the C-USA standings. In every year we've been here, except one, our team standings have come down to owning a tiebeaker somewhere."
In a game dominated by turnovers, Memphis led the entire 40-minutes, shooting 22-for-51 from the field (43.1 percent). Memphis picked-up 20 points from the line, shooting 20-for-25 at the charity stripe.
The first half was highlighted by a 7-0 three-minute Memphis scoring drive. Leading 13-11 with 10:57 left to play, Jaymie Jackson sank one of two shots from the charity stripe. One minute later, Jackson got loose on another runout to put Memphis up by four. Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir followed with a jumper extending the Tigers' lead 17-11.
Jackson then scored her fifth point in two minutes on another lay-up to put the Tigers up by eight. UAB's Grimes ended the Memphis run on a steal, taking it coast-to-coast for an easy lay-in, cutting the Tigers' lead to six.
Jackson led the first half scoring for Memphis notching eight points. Grimes reached double-digits for the Blazers accounting for 16 of UAB's 32-first half points.
In the second half, the Memphis defense did a better job with their drive defense, holding Grimes to just one point. Still, the Blazers were able to pull within one of the Tigers' lead 13-14, their closest margin of the game, following a lay-up by Kelsie Weynand with 13:14 left to play. Weynand finished with eight points off the bench, including two three-point field goals that helped UAB keep the Tiger lead at single digits for most of the second half.
The Tigers eventually put the Blazers away at the stripe, shooting 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
Abdul-Qaadir led the Tigers with 16 points, just one shy of her career high of 17. Abdul-Qaadir also led the Tigers with four steals. Grimes led UAB with 17 points.
Memphis returns to action Sunday at 2 p.m. (CT) taking on SMU at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. SMU suffered its first C-USA loss of the season at East Carolina Thursday night.
"SMU had a triple overtime game, had a home game, then had to travel to East Carolina," McFerrin said. "We're all feeling the grind right now, but hopefully we feel good about ourselves after a win and can come in with some energy on Sunday."
On Sunday, all fans wearing pink will receive FREE ADMISSION to the game. The first 500 fans will also receive a pink ribbon magnet courtesy of game sponsor Attendant Care Services.
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