Lady Tigers Pick Up First-Ever Win at East Carolina, 61-59
Feb. 23, 2008
GREENVILLE, N.C. - -
Paris Leonard drew a charge with 0.5 seconds remaining in the game to seal Memphis' (9-18, 6-8 C-USA) first-ever win at East Carolina (13-14, 7-7 C-USA), 61-59, Saturday.
"You have to give credit to our players, they played hard and got on the boards late in the first and in the second half," Head Coach Blair Savage-Lansden said. "Jessica Jackson played huge and you can't say enough about Paris Leonard's defense. We knew (LaCoya Terry) was going to take that shot (as the clock was winding down) because she was just coming off a game where she scored 35 points."
Memphis had battled back from a 55-51 deficit with 4:53 remaining to force a tie at 57-57 off a Paris Leonard three with 1:52 to play. Memphis then committed back-to-back turnovers as fatigue started taking hold of the short-staffed Lady Tigers. But Jasmine Young drove the lane as Paris Leonard got stuck trying to move around her own teammate on defense to push the cushion to three at 57-54 with 2:12 to play. Both teams turned up the defensive heat from there, but Alex Winchell flashed to the wing after the ECU defense cut off a driving Latoya Bullard to knock down her second triple of the half to push Memphis ahead, 60-59. ECU then hurried down the other end, but Memphis rebounded the ball and ECU resorted to fouling to try to get the ball back. ECU successfully forced three different Memphis shooters to the line, as Paris Leonard missed the front end of a one and one, but it was rebounded by Memphis. ECU fouled Winchell, who then missed the front end of a pair of one and ones to give ECU the ball back with 5.2 seconds left in the game.
"That was a huge three (for Winchell)," Savage said. "She was a little fired up there because a little jawing back and forth and she just hit a huge three. We just fought and fought."
Jessica Jackson led Memphis with 18 points, 12 in the first half, adding nine rebounds and four blocks in 31 minutes. Leonard finished with 14 points, while Winchell finished with 10 points and two assists in 38 minutes of play.
LaCoya Terry finished with 14 points for ECU, while Jasmine Young added 12 points and nine rebounds. Allison Spivey scored 11 points, including seven straight in the first half, while Nicole Days capped her ECU home career with a double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds.
The Lady Tigers will return home for their final home stand of the regular season. Memphis hosts Southern Miss, Thursday, at 7 p.m., then hosts UCF, Saturday, at 2 p.m. That game will be Senior Night for senior Aroha Jennings.
NOTES - With the split, Memphis has split every conference weekend on the season. Five times, Memphis came back from losing the first game of the weekend to win the second game. One time Memphis won the first game and then lost the second game.
- Memphis was without leading scorer Jessica Hall for the game. Hall suffered a shoulder injury in the last minute of the first half at Marshall. She missed the entire second half of the Marshall game and the entire ECU contest. Hall's absence meant that freshman Alex Winchell got her 11th career start.