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Feb. 23, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - -
Led by a pair of double-doubles from Jasmine Lee and Nicole Dickson, Memphis (21-6, 11-3) downed UAB (18-8, 9-5), 71-56, on Thursday night at Elma Roane Field House. Winning secured the Tigers a No. 2 seed in the Conference USA Women's Basketball Tournament.
In the first half, Memphis stormed out of the gate on an eight minute 16-0 run kicked off by a Jasmine Lee jumper. During the Tiger offensive onslaught, Nicole Dickson hauled in seven points on her way to a first half double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Dickson finished the game with 19 points and a team-high 19 rebounds. The junior has nine double-doubles in the 2011-2012 campaign.
The Memphis defense smothered the Blazers until 11:54 when Karisma Chapman broke through with a lay-up to get UAB on the board. Memphis allowed only 15 first-half points forcing five turnovers, and five steals, while holding the Blazers to 7-of-31 (22.6%) shooting. UAB's 15 points is the lowest total allowed in a single half by the Tigers so far this season.
After Memphis clawed out a 19-point first half lead, UAB fought to within seven points in the second half forcing 17 turnovers and nailing 17-of-25 free throws. With 1:56 left to play, UAB's Karisma Chapman drained a three-pointer to pull the Blazers within seven points of the Tigers 63-56 lead.
Memphis responded as Dickson, Lee, and Ramses Lonlack combined for eight points in the final minute and a half to secure the win for Memphis, 71-56. Lee joined Dickson in the double-double club as she led the Tigers in scoring with 20 while snagging 13 rebounds, her team leading 13th double-double of the season. Lee becomes the first Tiger to post 13 double-doubles in a season since Tamika Whitmore did so in 1998-99.
In addition to Lee's and Dickson's double-doubles, Ramses Lonlack finished with 13 points. Lonlack and Dickson also added six assists apiece.
LaShaunda Pratt led UAB with 16 points, including a 6-for-6 stint from the free-throw line. Karisma Chapman finished with 14 points.
Memphis returns to action Sunday Feb. 26 at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse against Tulsa at 2 p.m. That game wil be Senior Day for the five-member senior class of Brittany Carter, Danay Collier, Kiana James, Jasmine Lee and Ramses Lonlack. Admission for that game will be just $1.00 for all fans.