Memphis Falls Despite Half Time Lead
Nov. 20, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A 24-6 run to open the second half gave the University of Louisiana at Monroe (3-1) all the momentum it would need to hand the University of Memphis women's basketball team (0-5) a 69-50 loss, Monday night.
"The beginning of the second half with didn't have the intensity, we didn't have the fire, we didn't have the hunger," head coach Blair Savage said. "What you want to call the second team has really dominated the starters in practice the last two days of practice have really dominated the starting five. They had more energy, they made better cuts, they beat `em in every scrimmage that we had, so I send those five out and brought the starting five out and I probably shouldn't have done that. That was a mistake on my part and I'll take that hit for the team. I think that's when we lost them all together. We got in to a panic mode and didn't stay true to what got us there, which was energy, boxing out and hustle plays, and I'm constantly preaching to this group if you want it you have to go out there and get it and bottom line, Monroe wanted it more than we did during that period."
The Warhawks managed to dictate the pace early in the second half, as Memphis, which had easily handled the full-court press all of the first half, suddenly struggled getting to the offensive end of the floor, committing 13 turnovers in the second half alone. Once Memphis had lost the ability to dictate the speed of play, the Lady Tigers tried to regroup on defense, but ULM shot 50 percent in the second half to keep Memphis at bay and pick up their third road win of the season and their second straight over a Conference USA team.
Sophomore Ashley Thornton led Memphis with her third double-double of the season, finishing with 12 points and 13 rebounds, but struggled shooting in the first half, going 1-for-8 and finishing 3-for-15 as she drew the bulk of the Warhawks' defensive attention inside. Senior Devin Necaise also added 12 points, while Aroha Jennings came off the bench to score eight points with five rebounds. Hope Adams also came off the bench and gave Memphis some valuable minutes, scoring seven points with five rebounds and a steal before fouling out of the game.
UL Monroe had points scored by 12 of the 14 players who played, with April O'Neal being the lone Warhawk to score double-digits with 11 points. Shannon Lloyd led the team with seven rebounds.
Memphis will remain home to host the 22nd Annual Lady Tiger Classic presented by Piggly Wiggly, Friday and Saturday, while ULM travels to compete in tournament in Texas, where they will face UMKC, Friday. Memphis will host Central Arkansas in the opening game of the tournament, at 6 p.m., Friday.
Fans who bring a receipt from Piggly Wiggly dated Nov. 17th until game time will receive free admission. Also, members of the Fast Break Club will have one guest receive free admission and all University of Memphis Faculty and Staff will receive free admission with a valid ID.