Lady Tigers Win Exhibition Season Opener, 65-47
Nov. 2, 2004
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Well it won't go into the official record books as Head Coach Blair Savage's first career win, but the Lady Tigers did get Savage her first victory in a 65-47 exhibition win over the Australia Institute of Sport (AIS), Tuesday.
Memphis ran out to an 18-6 lead before both teams started exchanging baskets until Memphis was up 29-18 with 2:32 to go in the first half before AIS went on a 5-0 run to pull within six at 29-23. Memphis answered with a three-point field goal from Raven Rogers and with a layup from Victoria Crawford to go into the half up 36-23. The lay-up would account for 14 of Crawford's eventual 16 points as the 2003-04 Conference USA Sixth Player of the Year made her first start of the season.
Both teams struggled scoring early in the second half. The Lady Tiger lead hovered at 13-15 points, when AIS against went on a 5-0 burst to close the gap to just 10 at 42-32 with 15:32 to play, but the Lady Tigers turned up the intensity and put the game away following that, finishing up 18.
"I thought we did a good job and that the best thing we did all night was recognize the half court trap they (AIS) tried to put in," Savage said. "That's something we haven't really worked on in practice, but it shows that the players are seeing what's happening on the floor and are knowing the game."
Memphis was led by a trio of seniors as Crawford and Sullivan each scored 16 points, while Raven Rogers added a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Crawford also led the team with five assists and was one of five Lady Tigers to score a block in the season opener.
AIS was led by Renae Camino, who fell just short of a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds. Caitlin Cunningham added seven points in the loss.
The Lady Tigers will return to the gym for the final exhibition contest of the year against cross-town rival Christian Brothers, Wed., Nov. 10th, at 7 p.m. AIS now travels to the University of Iowa to face the Big 10 team, Thursday night, as part of an eight-game, two week exhibition tour.
Memphis opens its regular season against Mercer, Nov. 19th, at 7 p.m.