Lady Tigers Level Radford, 62-37
Dec. 28, 2004
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Using a stifling defense and then going to their own end and firing away at a 47.3 percent clip from the field, the Lady Tiger basketball team (7-4) downed Radford, 62-37, in the final home non-conference game of the season, Tuesday night.
Memphis jumped out to an 11-0 lead before Radford (1-7) finally got on the board at the 13:32 mark in the first half. Radford would cut the lead to single digits, as Serena White hit a three with 8:30 remaining in the half to pull the Highlanders within 17-11, but that six point lead was the last Radford would see of the Lady Tigers.
"We felt in looking at tape if we gave them open looks, that played into their strengths," Head Coach Blair Savage said. "So in practice, we preached getting ball pressure and making them earn every shot. They still hit some tough ones, but that's OK, we had really good ball pressure tonight."
Radford shot 19.3 percent from the field, hitting just 11 field goals for the game. The 19.3 percent was a Radford school record low. The last time Memphis held a team to 37 or fewer points was in a 116-32 win over Alabama State during the 1995-96 season.
"If was important to come back and play well after the Cancun trip," Savage said. "But we need to learn we don't need adversity to play this well."
"The Christmas break is the midpoint of the season and where a lot of teams come together," senior Kaneshi Hart said. "We worked in practice on defensive pressure, and I think that rattled them and they didn't know what to do with the ball."
Memphis will need to keep its composure for the next swing of games, as the Lady Tigers will play four straight road games before returning to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse on Jan. 14th. Memphis leaves Wednesday morning to travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, where Memphis will face the Cornhuskers, Thursday, at 7:05 p.m. The Lady Tigers return home on New Year's Eve, then will travel to Oxford, Mississippi, to face Ole Miss, Jan. 2nd to round out the non-conference schedule.
"I'm looking for consistency out of us during this road trip," Savage said. "The floor is still 94 feet, the goal is the same height, the lanes are the same, we need to keep putting pressure on the ball and our consistency and defense will help us."
Prior to the game, the Lady Tigers awarded senior Victoria Crawford with a game ball after she hit her 1,000th career point in Mexico. Crawford would respond with another double-digit night, scoring 16 points, including 2-for-3 from three-point range. Jennifer Sullivan would add 14 points, and Tamika Butler would come off the bench to add 11 points, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and eight rebounds. Raven Rogers came ever nearer the 500 career rebound mark, finishing with nine. Rogers now needs three more rebounds for her 500th career board.
Collierville's Taryn Causey would be the lone Highlander in double-digit points, scoring 13 in her return home. Sarah Stephens led the team with seven rebounds in the Highlanders' third straight loss.