Lady Tigers Fall to Western Kentucky in Consolation Game
Dec. 23, 2004
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO - Senior Victoria Crawford became the 17th Lady Tiger to reach the 1,000 career point mark, but was unfortunately the second in as many years to do so in a loss to Western Kentucky, 84-64. Princess Swilley hit the 1,000 career point mark last year in the loss at Western Kentucky in the WNIT.
Crawford drove to the basket for her 1,001st career point with 4:53 remaining in the game, but the Lady Tigers were unable to slow down a hot-shooting Western Kentucky team. WKU hit 57.1 percent from the floor in the second half, and 52.3 percent for the game, wracking up 26 assists on 34 field goals as the Western Kentucky high-low game blistered the Lady Tiger defense.
Jennifer Sullivan scored the game's first basket with a drive to the goal from the left block, but that 2-0 lead would be the only Lady Tiger lead in the game as the Lady Toppers answered with a 9-0 run to go up 9-2 with 16:11 to play.
Krystal Gardner would hit a layup off a feed from Crystal Kelly to push the WKU lead to double-digits at 15-4 with 12:36 in the first half. It wasn't until there was 8:31 remaining in the opening half that Memphis got into double-digits, when Sullivan again drove for a layup, scoring four of her 10 points in the opening half.
The Lady Toppers would push the lead to as high as 15 before Memphis mounted a comeback on the strength of the Lady
Tigers' outside shooting. With WKU clogging the lane, Memphis rotated the ball around the perimeter and hit four consecutive three-point
field goals, with Devin Necaise and Raven Rogers each hitting two in the run that cut the lead to 28-24 with 4:34 remaining.
But WKU adjusted to the perimeter shooting and strung together a run of their own, 10-4, to go into the half up 38-28.
Crawford scored four quick points in the second half to cut the lead to 38-32, but a Crystal Kelly jumper with 14:51 remaining put WKU up 47-36 and the lead would stay in the double-digits, except one stretch where Rogers and Necaise again hit back-to- back threes to cut the lead to nine at two different points. But it would be one shot and done for the Lady Tigers for the remainder of the second half, while WKU hit 57.1 percent of their shots from the field to pull away to the final 84-64 final score. Memphis would commit 11 second half turnovers, compared to just five for WKU, effectively breaking momentum as the team tried to string together points.
Crawford scored her 1,001st career point with 4:48 remaining in the game, driving the left baseline and converting a lay-up. She would finish with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and now ranks 16th on the Memphis all-time scoring list. Raven Rogers led all Memphis players with 18 points, also leading the team with 10 rebounds, seven of them in the opening half, to pick up her second double-double of the season. Necaise added 13 points, including a 3-for-8 mark from three-point range. For the game, Memphis would go 9-for-15 from three-point land, at one point having a better shooting percentage from beyond the arc than in the overall field goal percentage. Sullivan was the fourth Lady Tiger in double digits with 10 points.
Five Lady Toppers hit double-digits in an offensive explosion. Crystal Kelly led WKU with 25 points, while Krystal Gardner caem off the bench to add 25. Cacie Pope was too much for Memphis inside, finishing with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Camryn Whitaker and Tiffany Porter-Talbert each added 12 points in the win.
The Lady Tigers will break for the holiday season and will return to the friendly confines of the Elma Roane Fieldhouse to face Radford, Dec. 28th at 7 p.m. That game will be a Tiger Pride night, as all fans wearing blue will receive free admission.