Lady Tigers Pick up First Road Win of Season
Dec. 4, 2004
MARTIN, Tenn. - Junior guard Tamika Butler drove the lane and drew three UT-Martin defenders before kicking a pass to senior Kaneshi Hart, who hit the jumper with 17.5 seconds remaining to give Memphis its first road win of the season, 77-74 in non-conference action, Saturday. With the win, Memphis improves to 5-1 on the season while UTM falls to 1-5.
"We made this one tough," Lady Tiger head coach Blair Savage said. "We're just not putting teams away when we have the chance. We had that chance again tonight, but just didn't put them away, and to their (UTM's) credit, they just kept coming back. Keva Robinson hit three bit threes in the second half to keep them in there."
Memphis trailed 35-29 at the half after coming out sluggish and not containing senior forward Jenny Lannom, who led all players with 12 points in the opening half. Tamika Butler came off the bench to force a pair of steals in the opening half, leading to some fast break points and eight first half points.
Memphis came out after the halftime break and sophomore guard Devin Necaise hit a three-point field goal, followed by a Jennifer Sullivan layup to cut the UTM lead to one. The two teams would trade leads four more times before Memphis seemed to be pulling away, going up by as many as eight before UTM let lose from three point range. When UTM's Keva Robinson hit her third three of the second half and converted the one free-throw following a Victoria Crawford foul, the game knotted at 71 all. It would be the final tie of the game as Jennifer Sullivan hit a free throw, fed Hart and drew the attention of the UTM defense in the final minute of the game to secure the Lady Tiger win. Sullivan would finish with a game-high 19 points, while Butler would come off the bench and add 18. Victoria Crawford added 12 in the win, while Necaise just missed double-digit points with nine. Butler led all players with six steals, as Memphis led UTM 17-8 in the steals category.
Memphis returns home to host SEC foe Arkansas, Tuesday, at 7 p.m. The Lady Tigers will also host Oklahoma State, Saturday, at 6 p.m. Both games will be played in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.