Strong Bench Play Lifts Lady Tigers to 61-48 Victory over UALR
Dec. 20, 2003
Memphis, Tenn. - Reserve guard Victoria Crawford poured in a career-high 28 points to lead the University of Memphis women's basketball team to a 61-48 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock in a sloppy game Saturday at The Pyramid. Crawford paced the Memphis (8-1) bench who outscored the UALR (3-6) bench 37-0 as both teams had more turnovers than field goals in the contest.
Both teams made just eight field goals after the break, but Crawford went 11-for-14 from the free throw line in the second half to put the game out of reach for the visitors. A jumper by Memphis guard Tamika Butler with 14:36 remaining broke a 34-34 tie and the Lady Tigers never trailed again.
The Lady Tigers held UALR to 32.8 percent shooting from the floor for the game and just 25 percent after the break. Memphis won a close rebounding battle grabbing 39 boards to 37 by the Trojans. Reserve forward Raven Rogers had a team-high nine rebounds for the Lady Tigers.
Memphis erased an 11-point first-half deficit with an 18-6 run over the final 8:19 that gave the Lady Tigers a 29-28 advantage at the break. Rogers gave the Lady Tigers their first lead of the game since the opening basket making a putback with five seconds remaining.
UALR built its lead with a 14-4 run that spanned 5:10 after Jordie Soso tied the score at four. Reserve guard Victoria Crawford sparked the Lady Tigers' comeback scoring 10 points off the bench and grabbing five rebounds in the opening half.
Neither team shot the ball well in the opening half from any area of the floor as the Lady Tigers were just 12-for-27 from the field and 4-for-10 from the free throw line, while the Trojans shot just 11-26 from the field and 4-for-11 from the charity stripe.
The Trojans had just four free throw attempts after the break compared to 18 for the Lady Tigers. The 8-1 start by the Lady Tigers equals the best start by a Joye Lee-McNelis Memphis team. Her 1998-99 team also started the season 8-1.
Memphis returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 28 versus Idaho at the University of Montana Tournament.