Lady Tigers Ride Early Lead to Victory, 72-49
Feb. 17, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - - The University of Memphis women's basketball team (8-17, 5-7 C-USA) jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead and never looked back in a 72-49 win over Tulsa (9-16, 5-7 C-USA), Sunday.
"This was a good win for us, especially coming off the SMU loss," Head Coach Blair Savage-Lansden said. "You never know how a team will respond to a loss like that and I think we did a really good job of playing as a team and getting everyone involved."
Memphis built the quick 10-0 run with scoring from four different players. The balance early on would be especially important by the end of the night as three of the five Memphis starters were held to single digit scoring, while the Memphis bench outscored the Tulsa bench 24-14. A full court Lady Tiger press pushed Tulsa in to 10 turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the game, sprinting out to a 23-7 lead at the under 12 minute media timeout (10:13). The Golden Hurricanes had trouble converting on the offensive end, hitting 21.4 percent (3-for-14) from the floor in that opening 10 minutes, before starting to find forward Larissa Williams inside. Williams, who scored 12 of her 19 points in the opening half, was the lone Golden Hurricane to finish with double digit points, but would not find as many open looks in the second half after Memphis took its biggest half time lead of the season in to the locker room, 39-22.
"I think our guards did a really good job in this game," Savage said. "Williams and (Chanel) Johnson scored all their teams points down low in the opening half (with the exception of one three from their guards), and then our guards did a good job of taking advantage of their guards off night on our end of the floor."
Sophomore point guard Latoya Bullard finished with a team-high 15 points, adding eight assits, four steals and two rebounds in 30 minutes of play. Ashley Thornton fell just short of a double-double, finishing with 12 points and eight rebounds, adding two assists and two steals in 28 minutes. Jessica Jackson came off the bench to scored eight points with six rebounds, two blocked shots and three steals in the win.
Memphis will play its final regular season road series this weekend, playing at Marshall, Thursday, and at East Carolina, Saturday. Both games can be heard on WUMR, 91.7 FM with Jeff Brightwell on the play-by-play.