Lady Tigers Run Season-opening Win Streak To Six With 80-52 Defeat Of UT-Martin
Dec. 6, 2003
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's basketball team ran its win streak to six games to open the season with an 80-52 trouncing of UT-Martin Saturday at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The 6-0 start for the Lady Tigers is their best since the 1978-79 team accomplished the same feat under head coach Mary Lou Johns.
Reserve forward Latrice Booker netted a career-high 18 points in the contest and senior forward Jordie Soso chipped in 17 as the Lady Tigers used pressure defense and steady shooting to improve to 23-2 all-time against the Skyhawks.
Memphis raced out to 10-0 lead in the opening four minutes, but UT-Martin quickly countered with a 13-2 run to take its only lead of the game on a three-pointer by guard Tiffany Brundidge. Booker snapped a 5:31 field goal drought at the 8:26 mark that gave the Lady Tigers the lead for good at 14-13 as they closed out the half outscoring the Skyhawks 20-10.
Turnovers plagued both teams in the first half, but Memphis was able to convert 16 UTM mistakes into 12 points while the visitors scored just two points off 11 Lady Tiger turnovers.
The Lady Tigers pushed their lead to 17 with a 8-0 burst to open the second half to put the game away as they outscored UTM 48-29 after the break. Memphis was careful with the ball in the second half turning it over just five times while they turned 16 more Skyhawk miscues into 17 points.
Reserve guard Victoria Crawford was the third Lady Tiger in double figures with 10 points while forward Raven Rogers led Memphis with nine rebounds to go with nine points. UTM forward Julie Young was the only Skyhawk in double figures with 15 points. Guard Danielle Page had a team-high seven boards for the visitors.
Memphis shot 50 percent from the field in each half while holding UTM to 42.6 percent shooting for the game.
The Lady Tigers continue their four-game home stretch with a Thursday contest against Vanderbilt. Tip-off with the Commodores is set for 7 p.m., Dec. 11, at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.