Lady Tigers Knock Off Marquette, 61-58
Feb. 18, 2005
Freshman Marie Reid (Augusta, Ga./Richmond Academy) grabbed a Victoria Crawford missed lay-up and stuck it back to give Memphis a 61-58 advance over Marquette with seven seconds remaining in the game in a Lady Tiger victory, Friday night. With the win, Memphis improves to 5-7 in Conference USA and has secured a spot in the C-USA Tournament to be held in Charlotte, N.C., Mar. 3-6th. Marquette falls to 16-9 and 7-5 in C-USA.
"I've never hit a shot like that," Reid said. "Especially not in college." The bucket would cap a three-point, two block, three-rebound performance for the freshman, who played 13 minutes, all in the second half.
"It was Coach Crosby's idea to put her in there," Head Coach Blair Savage said. "She is a big player and was coming off a good game against Saint Louis, so all credit to Coach Crosby for suggesting putting her in."
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead as junior Tamika Butler nailed a pair of threes in the first two minutes of the game, inspiring her teammates to convert their shots as well. The Lady Tigers hit their first five shots to go up 10-4, before both teams went cold from the field. Victoria Crawford would hit a jumper at the 15:31 mark to make it 14-6 Memphis, but the Lady Tigers would then embark on a scoring drought until Devin Necaise hit a jumper at the 10:37 mark. Luckily, Marquette scored just six points in the same five minute stretch. The lead would shrink to 17-16, Memphis, when Necaise hit a three, and Memphis would escape to the locker room, up 33-31, with Crawford scoring 12 of her 18 points in the first half to combat Jennifer Sullivan's foul trouble. Sullivan would play just seven minutes in the opening half.
But the senior from Jonesboro would make up for her absence in the second half, scoring two straight buckets to put the Lady Tigers up 37-33. But a jumper from Jasmine McCullough followed by one from Christina Quaye pulled Marquette into the first of five ties in the second half, and another Quaye bucket gave the Golden Eagles their first lead of the game 39-37 at the 16:07 mark. The Marquette lead would build to six as the Golden Eagles would use a 6-0 run to go up 43-37 at the 13:50 mark. The Lady Tiger seniors would answer back with back-to-back buckets from Sullivan and Crawford and a Crawford free-throw would cut the Marquette lead to 43-42 with 12:48 in the game.
But again Marquette would build a six point lead, as Carolyn Kieger nailed a three from the left wing and Lesley Juedes followed with a trailing back-door cut to make it 48-42, Marquette. Marquette held the lead until a Raven Rogers jumper and a Crawford free-throw tied the game at 51 all with 6:06 remaining. The two teams would then exchange trips to the free-throw line, neither of them able to convert much success. For the game, Memphis would shoot 54.5 percent from the line (12-for-22), while Marquette was 6-for-15 (40 percent). The game would tie two more times and the lead would change hands a total of five times in the last 4:41 of the game before Sullivan hit a jumper off a feed from Raven Rogers to give Memphis a 59-58 lead. Both teams would call timeouts to try to set up for the final minute, but when Reid stuck the ball back and missed the free-throw, Sullivan tracked down the offensive board to preserve the Lady Tiger victory.
"I think this win gives us some confidence against the zone, especially against a match-up man-zone," Savage said. "The players after the game were saying, now people won't know what to play us, either man or zone, and that's something that we've been telling them in practice."
Crawford led Memphis with 18 points off the bench, adding two rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes. Jennifer Sullivan scored 11 points, nine in the second half, adding three rebounds, while Tamika Butler rounded out the double-digit scorers for Memphis with 10, including a 3-for-7 shooting performance from three-point range. Raven Rogers led Memphis with nine boards, while Hall finished with seven points, including a three.
Juedes led Marquette with 14 points, while Quaye added 13 and nine rebounds. Carolyn Kieger finished with 11 points and eight assists, while McCullough finished with 10 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
Memphis will round out its 2004-05 home schedule against No. 12 DePaul, Sunday, at 2 p.m. while Marquette travels to Saint Louis. The Lady Tigers will finish their regular season schedule at Saint Louis, Friday, Feb. 25th.