Tigers Fall 56-44 to UALR
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-Memphis (3-4) fell to UALR (8-1), 56-44, at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, Friday. Pa'Sonna Hope led the Tigers with 14 points, setting a new career-high in the hard-fought loss.
Down 4-0 in the first half, Hope got the Tigers on board with a jumper, her first of eight points in the half. One minute later, Ariel Hearn followed with another two points to knot the game at four-all.
The Trojans fired back on a jumper by Taylor Ford to take a two-point lead. Under a minute later, Hope tied the game again at six-all.
UALR answered with jumper by Hannah Fohne, taking the lead 8-6 and never looking back.Leading 10-8 (12:52), the Trojans embarked on a 12-2 scoring run, holding the Tigers scoreless for nearly four minutes. Hearn broke the Memphis dry-spell with a jumper, cutting into the Trojan's 12-point lead. At the half, UALR led Memphis 28-20, with the Trojans' Janette Merriex notching 12 points in the first 20 minutes.
In the second half, the Tigers continued to claw at the UALR lead. Trailing 33-20, Nicole Dickson drained a three-pointer, followed by a lay-up by Hope and a jumper by Hearn to bring the Tigers within six-points of the lead.
After trading baskets, the Tigers pulled within four on a lay-up by Lauren McGraw and two free throws by Hearn, but were unable to tie or overtake the UALR on the scoreboard.
Along with her new career-high in points, Hope also led the Tigers with three blocks, tying a career-high. Merriex led UALR in scoring with 17 points, just shy of her career-high of 18.
The Tigers return to action, Sunday at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse at 2 p.m. against Illinois in their second of five home games in the month of December. For more information on the University of Memphis women's basketball program and all Tigers athletics, please visit GoTigersGo.com.