Tiger Comeback Falls Short, 69-52
March 3, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - - After spotting East Carolina a 21-point halftime lead, the University of Memphis (16-13, 7-8 C-USA) women's basketball team could not dig its way back out of the hole in a 69-52 loss at ECU (21-7, 11-4 C-USA), Sunday.
"They hit a couple of threes early and rather than stick our chests out and get some stops, we kind of hung our heads and a little run turned into a big one," assistant coach Michael Wholey said. "East Carolina was a team that was playing for something. They still have a shot to finish first in the conference, they were playing on their senior night, they came out with something to play for."
Memphis came out lethargic, and on East Carolina's senior day, that was a dangerous combination. ECU opened the game with back-to-back threes and forced Memphis into seven turnovers in the first eight minutes of the game to blow open a 15-4 lead by the second media timeout.
The Tigers tried to find energy from multiple lineups, but could not get any offense generated, going 7:31 in the final minutes of the half without a field goal made. Freshman forward Asianna Fuqua-Bey led the Tigers in first half scoring with seven points, but five of those points came from the free-throw line, as no Tiger made more than one field goal in the opening stanza.
Nicole Dickson tried to get her team back on track, scoring 11 of Memphis' first 15 points in the second half to help trim the deficit to 12 at 9:30. But Memphis expended so much energy trying to overcome the 21 point deficit that Dickson missed two straight shots, while ECU went to the other end and got a triple from Kristine Mial to stretch the lead back to 61-50 with 3:24 to play.
Memphis pulled to 13 down at 60-47 with 4:58 left, but that was as close as they could get, never leading in the game.
Dickson led Memphis with 19 points, 17 in the second half, while Fuqua-Bey added 12 points and five rebounds.
Whitny Edwards led ECU with 17 points, including four triples, while Mial added 15 points off the bench, including back-to-back buckets late to answer the Tigers' run.
The Tigers will close out the regular season at home on Thursday against Marshall. That game, which tips at 7 p.m ., will be Memphis' senior day for Nicole Dickson and Jamila Ajanaku. They will be honored before the game begins.