No. 13 Vanderbilt Downs Memphis 96-54
Dec. 1, 2004
Memphis (4-1 overall) was held to just six field goals in the second half and was not able to overcome a 47-25 halftime deficit en route a 96-54 loss in Memorial Gymnasium to No. 13 Vanderbilt, Wednesday. The loss is the eighth straight loss to Vanderbilt (5-0) for the Lady Tigers, and is the first of the 2004-05 season for Memphis.
Memphis could never counter the Commodores inside as the combination of Ashley Earley (18 points, 9 rebounds) and the outside shooting of Dee Davis (21 pts) kept the Lady Tiger defense scrambling all night.
The Lady Tigers also struggled in taking care of the ball. Memphis committed 15 turnovers in the first half, and finished with a season-high 29, as the swarming VU defense kept the Lady Tiger offense from building any momentum. After spotting VU by as many as 11, Memphis cut the lead to eight before VU took advantage of the Lady Tiger defense that was collapsing on Earley after she scored six straight points. That green-lighted the VU guards to hit three straight shots from three-point land to go back up double-digits. Memphis had trouble getting an offensive run going after that when Victoria Crawford picked up her third foul, and second offensive, with 4:14 remaining in the first half. In all, Memphis gave up five treys in the opening half, and VU exploited the Lady Tiger inside players early on, converting all 12 free-throw attempts, while Memphis got just six trips to the line, converting five.
Davis led VU with 21 points, while five other Commodores hit double-digit scoring. Earley added 18, while Carla Thomas added 16. Katie Antony and Cherish Stringfield each added 12 points, and Nicole Jules finished with 10
Memphis will continue its non-conference road trip with a visit to in-state foe UT-Martin (1-3), Saturday. That game is slated to tip at 4 p.m.