Lady Tigers Capture 12th Straight Classic Title With Win Over Ole Miss
Nov. 29, 2003
MEMPHIS, TENN. - The University of Memphis women's basketball team captured its 12th-consecutive Lady Tiger Basketball Classic championship with a 69-63 comeback victory over Ole Miss Saturday at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Sophomore Tamika Butler had 16 of her team-high 21 points in the second half as the Lady Tigers erased an 11-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Rebels 47-30 after intermission.
Butler hit five of her career-high six three-pointers in the second half as Memphis nailed 8-of-13 attempts after going just 1-for-11 in the opening 20 minutes from behind the arc.
Tournament MVP Jennifer Sullivan had seven points during an 18-0 Lady Tiger run to start the second half that put Memphis ahead for the first time in the contest. With Memphis leading 40-33, the Rebels answered with a 16-4 run to reclaim the lead at 49-44 despite hitting just one field goal in the opening 10:26 of the second half.
The teams' traded mini-runs before Memphis finally pulled away as Butler caught fire from behind the three-point line nailing a trio of three pointers during an 11-2 run that gave the Lady Tigers' a 63-59 lead with 1:45 remaining.
After making their first 12 free throw attempts in the second half, the Rebels missed four of eight from the stripe in the final 1:30. Memphis held Ole Miss to just 23.3 percent shooting from the floor in the second half and to 29 percent for the game. Guard Armentie Price did her best to keep the Rebels in the game as she went 6-for-12 from the floor and made all 10 of her free throw attempts to finish with a game-high 22 points. Price was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts.
Memphis overcame field goal droughts of 7:08, 6:09 and 3:46 to secure its fourth-straight win to open the season.
Also joining Butler, Sullivan and Price on the all-tournament team were Eastern Kentucky's Katie Kelly and Nebraska's Margaret Richards. The Huskers defeated EKU, 78-75, in the consolation game to claim third place.
The Lady Tigers return to action Wednesday when they travel to Clarksville, Tenn., to take on Austin Peay. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.