Lady Tigers Still Have Shot At No. 5 Seed With Win Over Saint Louis
Feb. 27, 2004
MEMPHIS, TENN. - Seniors Princess Swilley and Jordie Soso scored 17 and 15 points respectively to lead the Lady Tigers to a 69-60 victory over Saint Louis on Senior Night and the Elma Roane Fieldhouse in front of more than 2,200 fans.
Memphis improves to 19-8 overall and 9-5 in league play as they look ahead to the C-USA Tournament in Fort Worth on March 4-7. Saint Louis ended their season at 8-19; 2-12 in Conference USA.
Memphis will not know which seed it will be in the tournament until Sunday after DePaul and Marquette close out their seasons in Milwaukee. Memphis could be as high as a No. 5 seed. Houston retained the No. 1 seed with a 76-71 come-from-behind victory over TCU in Houston Friday night. DePaul, TCU and Louisville have secured first-round byes in the tournament.
It was the Memphis defense that proved to be the deciding factor as the Lady Tigers forced the Billikens into 27 turnovers in the contest and converted those Saint Louis miscues into 25 points.
The Lady Tigers forced five turnovers in a 14-4 run midway through the second half to take a 59-47 lead with 8:45 left to play. SLU led for a good portion of the first half, but was never able to get closer than two points in the second half.
Victoria Crawford also scored in double digits after pouring in 10 of Memphis' 34 bench points off a 4-of-12 effort from the field. SLU held Memphis to 37.9 percent shooting from the field, but the Lady Tigers managed a 16-of-25 clip from the free-throw line. SLU shot 40.7 percent from the field, and was 10-of-13 from the line. The Billikens outrebounded Memphis, 46-33.
Raven Rogers and Crawford both led the Lady Tigers in rebounding with seven boards apiece. Sophomore Tamika Butler and Rogers both totaled four assists, while freshman Megan Gooch forced a career-high four steals.
Forward Angie Lewis led the way for Saint Louis with a team-high 17 points. Jana Haywood chipped in 12 points and added nine boards in a losing effort. Saint Louis is now eliminated from the C-USA Tournament as only 12 of the 14 teams compete for the tournament title.