Tigers Drop Meeting With Texas, 65-36
Nov. 30, 2013
ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS - -
A cold shooting first half haunted the Memphis women's basketball team (3-5) against Texas (5-2) in both team's final game of the Paradise Jam tournament. Texas defeated Memphis 65-36.
"There's not much to say, this is one you hope to learn from," Head Coach Melissa McFerrin said. "We could make excuses for ourselves, but the fact of the matter is we just weren't very good tonight and we just didn't play. We were either too tired, too sore or too something, and we didn't play. If we wanted to use excuses, we could use fatigue, but last time I checked, every team at this tournament played three games in three days. That's the nature of basketball and that's the nature of these tournaments and we didn't handle it very well."
The Tigers struggled to handle Texas' size inside in the early going, going almost five minutes between their first two field goals of the game and getting out-rebounded 9-3 in the first eight minutes of the game. Things got more difficult when sophomore forward Asianna Fuqua-Bey picked up her third personal foul at the 11:14 mark and had to miss the remainder of the first half. Without Fuqua-Bey's energy and presence in the offense, the Tigers bogged down more. But fortunately, so did Texas. The two teams went over eight minutes with neither team scoring a field goal and with Texas scoring just four free-throws to stretch their lead to 25-8. At the half, the Longhorns led 28-10. The 10 points was the fewest scored by a Tigers' team in school history.
Memphis found some offense in the second half, specifically in Ariel Hearn getting her evening turned around. Hearn scored 19 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, including five three-point field goals, all in the second half.
But the first half lead for Texas was too much for the Tigers to overcome, and Texas used a 41-25 rebounding advantage and a 32-10 points in the paint advantage to keep Memphis at bay for the final 65-36 score.
Memphis will return home to host UAB, Saturday, at 4 p.m. in non-conference play at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.