Women's Basketball Flies Out of Wright State With 83-75 Road Win
Nov. 15, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - -
Led by five players with double-digit points and with a 16-rebound performance from senior guard Jasbriell Swain in her first game for the Tigers, the University of Memphis women's basketball team (2-1) picked up an 83-75 road win at Wright State (2-1), Friday.
"Our kids adjusted to all the foul trouble we had and they pounded the boards," Head Coach Melissa McFerrin said. "Wright State is a team that goes to the free-throw line an average of 37 times a game in the first two games and we held them to 31, but it was one of those games. I'm proud of our kids. We have five players in doubles, it was just a really hard-fought game. We had fatigue, we had foul trouble, but we came into a gym with a pretty good basketball team and came away with a road win."
Memphis led at the half 40-36. The Tigers took their first lead of the night off a 6-0 run powered by Asianna Fuqua-Bey with 14:55 to go in the opening stanza. Fuqua-Bey scored all eight of her points in a two minute spurt in the opening half. Wright State answered back with a three from in front of the Tiger bench, but the Tigers quickly answered back and pushed the lead to 32-22 with 5:47 left in the opening half when Devin Mack drained her second three of the night off an offensive rebound from Fuqua-Bey.
While Memphis was building a lead, Wright State was struggling to convert shots. The Raiders went almost seven minutes without a field goal, but the Tigers could not pull away, as they were whistled for 15 first half fouls, and Wright State made them pay, hitting 13-for-16 from the charity stripe.
Wright State was down just two at 38-36 after hitting a pair of free-throws with 25 seconds left, but Breigha Wilder-Cochran helped Memphis grab two offensive rebounds and hit a leaning runner at the horn, sending the Tigers to the locker room up 40-36.
Demmings came out and took control for Wright State to start the second half, scoring six of their first seven points and opening things up for Ivory James, who drilled a three and fed a Demmings layup to tie the game at 51 with 13:23 to go.
But Ariel Hearn answered with five straight points, including a three-point field goal late in the shot clock off the assist from Swain. A Fuqua-Bey layup in the paint pushed the Tiger lead to seven at 58-51with 12:12 remaining.
The Raiders kept using timely three point shots to say in the thick of things, cutting the Memphis lead to just two at 68-66 with 6:47 on a run of points from the free-throw line, but freshman point guard Breigha Wilder-Cochran hit two runners and one of two free-throws to keep Memphis ahead 77-71 with 3:56 left.
Wright State seemed to be regrouping for another run following an Abby Jump triple off an inbounds play. Memphis inbounded the ball and Swain drove the length of the court for a lay-in that was blocked out of bounds by Demmings. The two both were whistled for a technical foul, and that was costly for the Raiders, as that was Demmings' fifth personal foul. The Horizon League preseason player of the year fouled out with 3:13 left in the game, taking her 24 points with her to the bench.
Without the junior guard on her, things opened up for Wilder-Cochran and the Tigers. The freshman responded by knocking down 3-of-4 free-throws in the final three minutes of the game. Ariel Hearn knocked down the second of two free-throws late to give Memphis the deciding 83-75 final score.
Hearn led Memphis with 23 points, tying her career high, while Fuqua-Bey finished with a career-high 17 points. Wilder-Cochran added a career-best 13 points in her third collegiate game, while Devin Mack added a career-best 11 points and seven rebounds. Pa'Sonna Hope rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points, adding 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season and the third of her career.
Demmings finished with 24 points for Wright State, while Ivory James led all players with 25 points, including 5-for-9 three-point shooting.
Memphis returns home Monday to face Jackson State in a non-conference game that will be the Tigers' final home game of the month. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.