Women's Basketball Comes up Short at Illinois, 62-54
Nov. 15, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - - Memphis (2-1) was up 49-47 with 6:33 to play before Tiger fouls turned in to Illinois (2-1) free throws and second chances, sparking a 15-5 Illinois run in a 62-54 Tiger loss Tuesday night.
"We got beat by emotions," Melissa McFerrin said. "We got beat by our own emotions, our own negative emotions got us."
Memphis battled through a tough first half that saw the Tigers get out-rebounded 28-23. But Memphis stayed close, at just 30-29 down after Illinois went 5-for-14 from the free-throw line, opening the door for a Tiger comeback in the second half.
The Tigers started that comeback right away to start the second half, getting out quickly and taking the lead off a Brittany Carter layup. Memphis would stretch that lead all the way to five at 37-32 with 15:05 to play before Illinois used a series where they got three straight offensive rebounds to spark a run that cut the Memphis lead to 38-37 with 12:17 to go. Memphis was then blocked twice and gave up two defensive rebounds when Lana Rukavina hit a layup with 11:33 to play to push the Illini back in front.
But Memphis battled back, knotting the score at 47 all with 7:30 to play when Nicole Dickson knocked down her third three-point field goal of the night. A Carter steal pushed ahead to Ramses Lonlack for a quick layup put the Tigers back up 49-47 with 6:33 to play before the fouls added up. Memphis, which had just four turnovers in the entire first half, combined Illinois offensive rebounds with 12 Tiger turnovers to fall down more than one possession for the first time in the second half. From 2:12 on the clock to 1:16 on the clock, the Tigers committed three straight turnovers, as Lonlack, Carter and Lee were all charged with a turnover while trying to narrow the gap to one possession.
Illinois took advantage of the Tigers reeling, draining a jumper with 1:14 to go to start a 5-0 run to close out the game with the 62-54 victory.
Jasmine Lee and Nicole Dickson each finished with a double-double. Lee finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Dickson finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Carter added 13 points before fouling out of the game and Lonlack finished with 10 points.
Karisma Penn single-handedly kept Illinois going in the second half, scoring six of their first eight field goals. She fininshed with 26 points and 13 rebounds, adding four blocks and a steal in 37 minutes. The Tigers had got Penn in foul trouble with 11:34 to play, but could not take advantage with the big post out of the paint. Kersten Magrum finished with a double-double of her own with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Adrienne Godbold came off the bench to add 13 rebounds. Memphis was out-rebounded 52-49 as neither team shot over 40 percent for the game.
The Tigers will return home to start a five game home stand on Saturday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Game time is 2 p.m.