Women's Basketball Falls to Syracuse
Nov. 29, 2013
ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS - -
Memphis(3-4) led early at 8-2, but following Syracuse's (7-0) first made field goal, the Orange unleashed their full court pressure and built an insurmountable lead in a 77-58 victory over the Tigers, Friday, on the second day of the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.
Memphis had an early lead and had held Syracuse without a field goal in the game's opening minutes. But up 8-2, the Tigers hit a stretch of nine offensive series where they turned it over eight times against Syracuse's full-court, trapping press. By the time Memphis calmed its nerves, Syracuse was up 26-12 with 10:36 in the first half.
The Tigers went to work on that deficit and whittled it to single digits as Asianna Fuqua-Bey scored five of her team-high 14 points in a three minute period to trim the Syracuse lead to 26-21 with 6:36 to play in the first half. But the Tigers lost three-point shooter Brianna Butler, and she drilled a three to push the Orange lead back to double-digits at 33-22. By the time the half rolled to a close, Syracuse had grown that lead a bit more, leading 45-30.
Memphis had more success getting into its own offense in the second half, handling the Syracuse pressure better after the break, but the deficit from the first half was too great, and the Tigers could never make a run, dropping to 3-4 on the season with the 77-58 decision.
Fuqua-Bey finished with 14 points to lead Memphis, just missing a double-double by also finishing with nine rebounds. Mooriah Rowser finished with 10 points to be the only other Tiger in double digits. Pa'Sonna Hope led Memphis with 10 rebounds.
Brianna Butler finished with a game-high 23 points, including five three-point field goals. Brittney Sykes added 18 points and a game-high five assists in the Orange's seventh straight win to start the season.
Memphis will close out the 2013 Paradise Jam tournament, Saturday, with a 5 p.m. (CT) game against Texas. That game can be viewed online at www.ParadiseJam.com and fans in Memphis can listen to Jeff Brightwell's call of the game on 91.7 FM beginning at 4:45 p.m. (CT).