Lady Tigers Defeat Henderson State 72-66 In Exhibition Opener
Nov. 7, 2003
Memphis, Tenn. - Reserve guards Devin Necaise and Victoria Crawford guided the University of Memphis women's basketball team to a 72-66 exhibition victory over Henderson State Friday at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Necaise was the first-half spark plug for the Lady Tigers scoring 11 of her 12 points while Crawford carried the team in the second half with 14 of her game-high 21 points.
With the score tied at 28 with 4:26 to play in the opening half, Necaise scored eight straight points as she sandwiched a lay-up in between a pair of three pointers in a span of 31 seconds. The true freshman then assisted the next three Lady Tiger baskets before closing out the opening 20 minutes with her third trey of the half to give Memphis a 45-35 cushion at the break.
The Lady Tigers could not pull away in the second half as both teams tightened things up on the defensive end. After shooting 54.5 percent in the opening half including a 6-for-11 effort from three-point range, the Lady Tigers were held to 33.3 percent shooting after the break including an 0-for-6 effort from behind the arc.
The Lady Reddies closed within four points at 70-66 as they went on a 13-4 run over the final 3:46, but clutch free throw shooting by Crawford sealed the victory for the U of M. Crawford hit four consecutive foul shots in the final 20 seconds as she tallied the final 10 points for the Lady Tigers.
Former Lady Tiger Aesha Carter registered a double-double in the contest finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Maggie Sauls had a team-high 21 points for the Lady Reddies.
Henderson State held a 41-38 edge in the rebounding category. Memphis forward Jordie Soso led all players with 13 rebounds and Crawford had five of her eight rebounds on the offensive end. Memphis guard Princess Swilley was the third Lady Tiger in double figures with 14 points.
Memphis continues its two-game exhibition schedule with a home game against Christian Brothers next Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Fieldhouse.