Lady Tigers Defeat Saint Louis, 69-65
Feb. 20, 2004
ST. LOUIS, MO. - The University of Memphis women's basketball team improved to 18-8 overall; 8-5 in Conference USA, with a 69-65 victory over the Saint Louis Billikens here Friday evening. Saint Louis dropped to 8-18 overall; 2-11 in C-USA.
The 18 wins by Memphis is the highest win total for the Lady Tigers since the 1999-00 squad finished with an 18-12 record.
Junior Raven Rogers hit a jumper with 54.3 second left on the clock to help push the Lady Tigers to 65-64 over SLU. Rogers was fouled on the shot, and hit the bonus to give Memphis the 66-64 lead. Latrice Booker picked up a foul and sent Lakrisha Brown to the line with 34 seconds left in the game. Brown hit the first shot and missed the second. Victoria Crawford hauled in the rebound and SLU's Angie Lewis was forced to foul Tamika Butler. Butler hit the first of her two shots as Memphis led. 67-65 with 27 seconds left to play. Butler then picked up a huge steal with 5.6 seconds remaining, and was sent to the line as Brown fouled out of the game. Butler sealed the win, hitting both of her shots from the charity stripe for the 69-65 victory.
"I am very proud of how well we played in the last two minutes of the game," said coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "We had some great defensive stops, especially the steal by Tamika Butler that put us to the line. In the final two minutes of the game, we played very focused considering how loud this place was."
"We did a good job in the first half of rebounding," added McNelis. "We had some mental lapses in the second half and Saint Louis really took advantage of that and hauled in some big boards. You have to give their post players credit because they ate our lunch tonight."
Victoria Crawford led Memphis with 21 points off a 6-of-8 effort from the field, and a 9-of-14 performance from the free-throw line. Raven Rogers dominated the boards with a career-high 15 rebounds, 12 of which were defensive rebounds. She scored nine, as did Jennifer Sullivan. Memphis shot 39 percent from the field, and held SLU to 35.9 percent shooting. SLU outrebounded Memphis, 47-40.
Angie Lewis led SLU in scoring with 21 points off an 8-of-21 effort from the field. Stephanie Solomon recorded a double-double of 11 rebounds and 11 points.
The Lady Tigers 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.