Lady Tigers Take Season-Opener From UMES 89-63
Nov. 21, 2003
Memphis, Tenn. - Reserve guard Victoria Crawford had 18 of her game-high 23 points in the first half as the University of Memphis women's basketball team opened its 2003-2004 season with an 89-63 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore.
The Memphis bench outscored its counterpart 56-23 as Crawford and forward Raven Rogers combined for 36 points off the bench for the Lady Tigers. Crawford was perfect from the free throw line hitting all 10 of her attempts. The Lady Tigers shot 78 percent from the line as a team.
A jumper by Tiffany Winkfield gave UMES a 12-10 lead, but that would mark the last time UMES would hold the lead as Crawford led Memphis on 12-0 run at the 13:19 mark. That spurt put the Lady Tigers ahead for good as Crawford tallied seven of the 12 points.
UMES cut the lead to five at 34-29 with 3:59 remaining, but that would be as close as the visitors would get as the Lady Tigers closed the half on a 14-4 run. The Memphis bench outscored UMES 35-33 in the opening half as the Lady Tigers held the Lady Hawks to just 31 percent shooting from the floor.
Memphis opened the second half on a 16-5 run that put the game out of reach and the Lady Tigers cruised to their second straight season-opening triumph. Princess Swilley had 10 of her 12 points after the break as Memphis forced 31 UMES turnovers.
The Lady Tigers shot 44.6 percent from the field for the game and outrebounded the Lady Hawks 49-37. Senior forward Jordie Soso led the Lady Tigers with nine boards. True freshman Devin Necaise had a nice debut for the Lady Tigers scoring eight points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out a team-high six assists.
Reserve guard Octavia Thompson led three Lady Hawks in double figures with 14 points. Winkfield added 13 points and LaToshia Bailey had 12.
Memphis returns to action Monday on the road at Tennessee Tech with tipoff set for 5:30 p.m.