Tigers Season Comes to End in 82-65 Loss at Missouri State
March 17, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - -
The University of Memphis women's basketball team (25-8) saw its 2012 season come to an end in the second round of the WNIT at Missouri State Saturday despite a career high 29 points from Nicole Dickson.
It was a rugged first half, as the two teams combined for 22 total fouls, one intentional foul and an offsetting double foul. The first half took almost 50 minutes to play, and every time Memphis battled back to tie the score up, Missouri State punched back to take a 32-25 lead in to the locker room at the break. There were six ties and four lead changes, but Memphis could never go up by more than a two point bucket. And once the double-foul woke up the crowd of 1,631, Memphis could never regain its composure, trailing at the break.
After pulling the Tigers in to the rough and tumble first half, the Bears just came out and hit the gas to start the second half, exploding to a 17-4 run that included back-to-back threes and a number of drives in the paint. The Bears shot 53.1 in the second half from the floor and made a statement after they felt the Tigers threw the first punch to bring on the 22 first half fouls by drilling five straight threes to push the lead to 69-48 with 6:34 to go. The Tigers tried to rally back on the shoulders of Nicole Dickson, but Memphis was answering threes with twos and could never close the gap in the loss.
Nicole Dickson finished with a career-high 29 points, adding a career high eight steals and nine rebounds. Jasmine Lee finished with her 17th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Ramses Lonlack added eight points and four rebounds in the final game of her Tiger career.
Memphis wraps up the season with a mark of 25-8, the most victories for a Tiger program since the 1982 season. The Tigers senior class of Brittany Carter, Danay Collier, Kiana James, Jasmine Lee and Ramses Lonlack all finish their respective Memphis careers having helped the Tigers to three straight 20-win seasons, three straight post season berths and two straight Conference USA semifinal appearances.