Four in Double Digits in Women's Basketball 91-45 Victory
Dec. 20, 2013
MEMPHIS - -
The University of Memphis women's basketball team (7-5) wrapped up its non-conference slate with a 91-45 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-9), Friday, in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Tigers had four players score double-digit points, led by 17 from Ariel Hearn and 16 from Mooriah Rowser.
"We want to go home (for the holiday break) feeling good," Head Coach Melissa McFerrinsaid. "We know that after this, we have the test of the American Athletic Conference and we want to feel good going in to that. I thought tonight we kept our intensity really, really high and we executed the way we want to execute. It was a great team win for the Tigers."
UAPB got on the board first with a bucket from Jazmyne Victorian, but the Tigers' Ariel Hearnknocked down a three to start a 12-2 Memphis run to build a lead the home team would never relinquish.
"You know, I have to give credit to Mooriah Rowser and Pa'Sonna Hope," Head Coach Melissa McFerrinsaid. "I thought they played very poorly the other night and they played great tonight. Sonna played very energetic and Mooriah was back to being herself."
After an 0-for-10 shooting night on Wednesday, Rowser was 7-for-12 from the field on Friday night. The Tigers also got double-digit scoring from a pair of true freshmen, as Breigha Wilder-Cochran finished with 13 points and Brandi Goodman stepped in for her longest stint on the floor after missing the preseason due to injury, finishing with 10 points. Wilder-Cochran was also 6-for-6 from the free-throw line and has now knocked down 18 straight free-throws dating back to the UAB game. Pa'Sonna Hope led Memphis with 10 rebounds, while Asianna Fuqua-Beyfinished with eight rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.
Victorian was the lone Golden Lion to score double digits, scoring 10 points on 4-for-14 shooting. Marion Thompson added nine points and nine rebounds in the loss.
Memphis opens American Athletic Conference play on Sunday, Dec. 29th at 2 p.m. against Temple. That game will be carried on the American Digital Network. Fans outside of Memphis can watch that live streaming video for free. Jeff Brightwell and Liz Lay will have the call of that game from the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.