Lady Tigers Drop 87-78 Decision to 13th-Ranked DePaul
Feb. 15, 2004
CHICAGO - The University of Memphis women's basketball team dropped to 17-8 overall; 7-5 in Conference USA, with an 87-78 loss to 13th-ranked DePaul here Sunday afternoon. DePaul improved to 21-2 overall, and is leading the league with a 10-1 record in conference play.
The losses to Marquette and DePaul this weekend mark only the second time this season that Memphis had lost two straight games. The loss to DePaul also snapped the series tie with DePaul, as the Blue Demons now lead the series 10-9.
"We came out and really started off the game very well," said Coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "We executed our game plan, and we got all we asked for up until about the 10 minute mark. We had some defensive lapses, and DePaul really took advantage of that. They are an explosive team that scored a lot of points very quickly. The next thing we knew, we were down by 20, and just had a hard time chipping away at their lead."
The Lady Tigers dug themselves into a 20-point hole early in the second half, and was never able to turn the corner. They used a 15-4 run to cut the deficit to nine points, 62-53, at the 12-minute media timeout, but that would be as close as Memphis would get DePaul. Junior Jennifer Sullivan scored 12 of Memphis' final 19 points in the game. She led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 22 points off an 8-of-10 effort from the field, and a 6-of-8 showing from the free-throw line. She also totaled six rebounds in the loss.
Junior Raven Rogers recorded her fifth career double-double with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Junior Victoria Crawford and freshman Devin Necaise also scored in double figures with 17 points and 10 points, respectively. Memphis ended the game with a 49 percent shooting mark from the field.
Khara Smith led the way for DePaul with 27 points and 14 rebounds. She was 12-of-18 from the field and 3-of-5 from the free-throw line. Jenni Dant scored 21 points and totaled six rebounds. Sarah Kustok dominated the outside shooting with 12 points off four treys. DePaul shot 45 percent from the field, and outrebounded Memphis, 44-37.
Memphis led by as many as eight in the first half, but DePaul used a 32-10 run to clench the 50-36 lead at the half. The Lady Tigers hit their first six shots of the game, and was 8-of-9 from the field before finishing the half with a 50-percent shooting mark. DePaul shot 50 percent from the field, and managed to hit five treys in the half to help them secure the halftime lead.
The Lady Tigers will close out the 2003-04 regular season with back-to-back contests with the Saint Louis Billikens. Memphis faces SLU on the road on Feb. 20, and then will welcome the Billikens to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse on Feb. 27. On Feb. 27, all fans who wear blue will be admitted free of charge, and seniors Jordie Soso and Princess Swilley will be honored for Senior Day.