Lady Tigers Survive CBU Scare, 49-47, in Overtime
Nov. 10, 2004
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - - The object heading into Wednesday night's final exhibition game against Christian Brothers was to work on rebounding and to find other players to score in addition to the returning trio of Victoria Crawford, Jennifer Sullivan and Raven Rogers. The outcome found three Lady Tiger freshman, a pair of sophomores and a junior playing all the minutes in the second half and overtime period in a 49-47 Memphis victory, Wednesday.
"We had practiced pretty bad the last couple of days and we try to tell them you play the way you practice and I hope they understand that now," Head Coach Blair Savage said. "We put them in certain game situations at the end of practice and they would just get sloppy, and you just can't do that, and now, I think, they understand. I think any time you bench players, you get their attention, particularly your top three leading scorers."
Memphis opened what was a messy first half for both teams getting out-rebounded on both ends. CBU out-rebounded Memphis 23-15, a margin that tightened up in Memphis' favor after the underclassmen were subbed in toward the end of the second half. At halftime, Memphis' four seniors had combined for just 10 points, after Jennifer Sullivan scored Memphis' first six points. A Sullivan jumper at the 16:46 mark and a Kaneshi Hart jumper at the 14:15 mark were the Lady Tigers would hit until Latrice Booker sunk a layup at the 9:20 mark, at which point, CBU led 14-11. CBU drilled a three and went on an 8-2 run to close the half up 21-15.
At half time, Savage told the team "they were going to do it with their youth" and sent out the three Lady Tiger freshmen with junior forward Jamie Bradley and sophomore guard Devin Necaise to start the second half.
But the young players had a fight on their hands. "CBU let us know they were definitely not going to roll over and give it to us," Megan Gooch said. "Coach told us it would come down to who played defense and it did." Gooch would finish the night playing 26 minutes and finishing with seven points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.
It was a back-and-forth, defensive game early in the second half, as CBU stretched their lead to 32-24 on a Charle Moore jumper. A Devin Necaise jumper cut the lead to 32-30 with 9:13 remaining in the second half, but Jackie Moore completed one of two free throw attempts to move the lead back to 33-30. Tamika Butler then hit the front of a two-shot foul and stole the ball as CBU was coming back up the court off her make and laid the ball in with 5:23 remaining tying the score, 33-33. The Lady Bucs answered back with a Chereny Woodard jumper to go up, 35-33. But a Latrice Booker jumper off an Necaise offensive rebound and assist would knot the game again at 35-35 with 2:44 remaining. But Charle Moore tried to keep CBU in it, as she went to the line and hit two free-throws sandwiched around a Memphis timeout to retake the lead, 37-35. But freshman Marie Reid grabbed a Butler miss and put it back to pull Memphis into its third tie of the night at 37-37. Moore missed a jumper, and when Booker grabbed the rebound, she was fouled, heading to the line and hitting two free-throws to put Memphis up 39-37 with 1:01.
But Jackie Moore would grab an offensive rebound on a miss from Charle Moore and put it back in to send the game into overtime tied at 39.
Memphis would go on to outscore CBU 10-8 in the overtime period, getting two more critical free-throws from Booker to break the final tie of the night with 28 seconds remaining and Memphis up, 48-46. Jackie Moore would be fouled by Butler on a jumper from the wing, but hit just one of two attempts from the line as Gooch corralled the rebound and was fouled with two seconds remaining. The sophomore center stepped to the line and hit her first shot to put Memphis up 49-47, then grabbed her own miss to seal the victory for Memphis.
Booker led the Lady Tigers with 11 points, adding five rebounds and a block, while Tamika Butler finished with nine points, four rebounds, four assists, one block and two steals. Gooch finished with seven points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.
Charle Moore led CBU with 15 points and seven blocked shots, while Jackie Moore finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds. CBU will open its regular season against LeMoyne Owen, Nov. 15th.
The Lady Tigers will have a little over a week before they open the regular season against Mercer, Nov. 19th, at 7 p.m.