Lady Tigers Roll To 88-38 Victory Over Arkansas-Pine Bluff In Women's Basketball Action
Dec. 13, 2003
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's basketball team rolled to an 88-38 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Saturday at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The 50-point victory was the largest margin in a Lady Tiger win since a 93-38 victory over UMKC in the 2000-01 season.
Junior Victoria Crawford led four Lady Tigers (7-1) in double-digits with 17 points as constant defensive pressure by Memphis held the Golden Lionettes (1-4) to just 24 percent shooting from the floor and forced the visitors into 37 turnovers. The Lady Tigers also had 16 steals and six blocked shots.
UAPB center Chekesha Johnson scored the game's first points on a jumper at the 17:58 mark, but the Lady Tigers answered with 14 straight points to take control of the game. The Golden Lionettes' next field goal came at the 5:09 mark as Memphis extended its lead to 32-8 lead. Ten Lady Tigers scored in the opening half led by guard Jennifer Sullivan's 10 points as the visitors made just five field goals in the first 20 minutes.
The Lady Tigers dominated the paint in the opening half outscoring UAPB 28-4 down low and outrebounding the visitors 24-12. The home team also turned 24 Golden Lionette first-half turnovers into 25 points to take a 45-16 lead at the break.
The dominance continued in the second half after UAPB scored the half's first five points. Crawford scored the first points of the half for Memphis on a lay up at the 15:57 mark and that bucket started an 18-0 run for the Lady Tigers that ended any thought of a UAPB comeback.
Latrice Booker had 13 points for her second double-digit effort of the season and shooting guard Princess Swilley added 10 points. A trio of Golden Lionettes each had seven points to lead the visitors in scoring.
Memphis center Megan Gooch and forward Raven Rogers each had eight rebounds as the Lady Tigers held a 57-37 edge on the boards. Freshman point guard Devin Necaise led the team with seven assists and four steals. Forward Charity Egenti added a career-high four blocks. Freshman guard Ashley Dixon chipped in with a career-high nine points.
The Lady Tigers return to action next Saturday against Arkansas-Little Rock with tip off set for 5 p.m. at The Pyramid.