Late-Rally Not Enough For Memphis To Get By Tennessee Tech
Dec. 7, 2002
Memphis, Tenn. - Memphis battled back on several occasions, but could never take the lead from visiting Tennessee Tech down the stretch as the Golden Eaglettes defeated the Lady Tigers 67-64 in women's basketball action Saturday at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Sophomore Raven Rogers nailed a three-pointer for Memphis (4-2) with less than a minute to play to cut the Tech (2-2) lead to 66-64. Victoria Crawford then drew a charge for Memphis on Tech's ensuing possession giving the Lady Tigers the ball with 24 seconds on the clock. However, Rogers came up short on her jumper in the lane with five ticks remaining and Tech guard Jenna Baltimore grabbed the rebound and made one free throw to seal the three-point win.
"They are not going to make mistakes. They have got a great ball club," Memphis Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "They are coached very well. They are smart kids. We are not very smart basketball players. We are not at all at this point. And obviously it showed tonight."
After a slow start by both teams, Memphis grabbed its only lead of the game at 6-4 with 14:14 to play on a Shannon Hamp jumper. Tech then went on a 15-2 run over the next 5:42 to take a 19-8 lead. The Lady Tigers finally got things going on the offensive end to cut into the Tech lead with a nice run of their own. Memphis reeled off a 16-6 run to close within a point at the 3:53 mark.
But as was the case on several occasions throughout the game, the other team answered with a run of its own as Tech held Memphis scoreless in the final 3:53 going on an 8-0 run to take a 33-24 lead at the break.
Tech extended its lead to as many as 13 points twice in the second half only to see the Lady Tigers cut into the lead both times. Sophomore Aesha Carter sparked a late-charge by the Lady Tigers as she came off the bench in the second half to score eight points and grab seven rebounds.
Memphis improved its field goal percentage in the second half to 49 percent after shooting just 31 percent in the opening 20 minutes. The Lady Tigers went 14-29 in the second half, but their struggles at the free throw line proved costly making just 14-of-25 attempts in the contest. Tech converted 21-of-30 attempts as both teams combined for 49 fouls. Tynisha Alexander led the Tech efforts at the free-throw stripe converting 9-of-12 attempts.
Hamp led the Lady Tigers in scoring for the fifth-straight game scoring 18 points and junior Jordie Soso was the only other Memphis player in double-digits with 10. Courtney McFarlin had a game-high 19 points for the Golden Eaglettes. Alexander had 13 points.
Tech held the edge in rebounds grabbing 38 to the Lady Tigers 34. Crawford led Memphis with eight rebounds, all of which came in the first half.
Memphis next plays Jackson State Saturday in Albuquerque, New Mexico as part of the University of New Mexico Tournament.