Memphis Ends Losing Skid with 80-57 Win over Alabama A&M
Dec. 14, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis women's basketball team (4-5) forced 35 turnovers and shot 44 percent from the floor to cruise past Alabama A&M (1-4), 80-57, Friday night at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
After a sluggish start by both teams in the first half, Memphis embarked on an 8-0 three-minute scoring run at 15:53. Pa'Sonna Hope kicked things off with a lay-up, followed by buckets from Jaymie Jackson, Ann Jones and Nicole Dickson as the Tigers jumped out to a 10-2 lead.
Following the scoring flurry, the Tigers found rhythm offensively as Lauren McGraw, Devin Mack, Jamila Ajanaku, Asianna Fuqua-Bey and Ariel Hearn all contributed points to the Tigers' 37-14 first half lead. Hearn led the Tigers in the first 20 minutes with nine points, while Jackson matched a career-high with eight.
Defensively, Memphis forced 19 turnovers converting them into 19 points in the first half. The Tigers also won the battle in the paint, notching 18 points in the lane.
In the second half, the Tigers and Bulldogs traded baskets in the first six minutes with the Tigers taking control and extending their lead to 51-27.
The Tigers stretched their lead to as many as 26 before the Bulldogs began a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to make it 55-36 midway through the half. After the Bulldogs cut the Memphis lead to 17, Dickson responded with a three to give the Tigers a 60-40 edge with eight and a half to play.
Memphis continued to increase its lead with layups from Ajanaku and Dickson and points from the line from McGraw and Fuqua-Bey to bring the lead to 67-40.
The Bulldogs would cut their deficit back down to 19 with four minutes to play before Krishunda Harvey reeled off five-straight points to make it 76-52 with three minutes to play. In the final minute, Jackson and Hearn added buckets to help the Tigers seal an 80-57 victory.
Hearn led the Tigers on the night, setting career-highs of 19 points and three steals. Jackson added a career-high 14 points and had five steals. Dickson also reached double figures with 15 points, while McGraw rejected two shots and Hope recorded five steals.
The Tigers will travel to St. Louis, Mo., Wednesday, Dec. 19 to take on Saint Louis in a 4 p.m. contest before heading east to South Orange, N.J., to battle Seton Hall on Dec. 22.