Women's Basketball Uses Overtime to Pick Up Season-Opening Win
Nov. 8, 2013
MEMPHIS - -
After trailing by as many as 10 in the second half, the University of Memphis women's basketball team (1-0) came back and outscored East Tennessee State (0-1), 10-7, in overtime to open their 2013-14 season with a 77-74 victory, Friday.
A pair of free throws from freshman point guard Breigha Wilder-Cochran pulled the Tigers back within two at 57-55 down with 5:51 to play. Wilder-Cochran then stole the ball and drove the length of the court, cutting across the paint and feeding a streaking Pa'Sonna Hope, who laid it in to knot up the game for the 10th time. Hope then stuck back a missed Mooriah Rowser layup to give Memphis its first lead since the 17:54 mark of second half at 59-57 with 4:25 to play.
But East Tennessee, who outscored Memphis 20-10 in the paint in the first half, converted a third straight offensive rebound to tie the game up again at 59 with 3:55 to play. The Tigers looked again to Hope, and the senior converted 1 of 2 free throw attempts to give the Tigers a one point lead at 60-59. But Brianna McQueen slashed through the Tigers' defense with a jumper from the wing to put the Buccaneers back in front with 3:28 to go.
Mooriah Rowser, who had a tough shooting first half, found her stroke late, knocking down a jumper with three left on the shot clock to answer and again push the Tigers in front, this time with a 62-61 lead. Memphis added a layup from Asianna Fuqua-Bey, who converted the layup and the and-one on the foul, and Memphis possessed a four point lead with 2:12 to go. ETSU answered and again Rowser made an impact, picking the pocket of the point guard and driving the length of the court and hitting the layin to keep the Tigers up 67-65 with 42 seconds left.
But trying to close out the win, Memphis ran into trouble. Wilder-Cochran, not realizing the ETSU point guard had fumbled the ball which was loose on the court, realized it a beat too late and charged toward the loose ball, knocking over McQueen in the process. The resulting foul stopped the clock with nine seconds left and McQueen hit both shots to tie the game for the 12th time at 67.
Memphis had one shot to win in regulation, but when Ariel Hearn's expected screener did not make it in time, Tigers' coach Melissa McFerrin had to burn a timeout and set a play for Rowser, which did not fall in as the clock expired, bring on the five-minute overtime period.
In overtime, the Tigers took advantage of the charity stripe, knocking down 6-of-10 tries, with Hearn knocking down 3 of 6 tries and Rowser sinking 3 of 4 attempts to ice the 77-74 victory.
Hope finished with a double-double for Memphis, finishing with 12 points and 12 rebounds, her second straight double-double against an East Tennessee State team. Rowser led Memphis with 15 points, while Fuqua-Bey finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. Hope also added a team-high four blocked shots in 41 minutes.
Destiny Mitchell finished with a double-double for ETSU, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Cara Bowling added 17 points and eight rebounds, while Serena Clark finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Memphis remains at home and will host Southern Conference team Samford, Sunday, at 2 p.m. in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.