Women's Basketball Downs Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 68-41
Dec. 30, 2002
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's basketball team (6-4) held Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-8) to just 15 points in the second half en route a 68-41 victory at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, Monday.
The Lady Tigers opened the game on an 11-2 run before UAPB went on a 14-4 run to take its only lead of the game at 16-15 on a three-pointer from Thuretta Arnold at the 8:34 mark in the opening half. Memphis junior Kaneshi Hart answered with two of her season-high eight points at the 7:29 mark to give Memphis a lead it would never relinquish, heading into the half up 35-26.
"I think the biggest difference between the first half and second half was intensity," Head Coach Joye-Lee McNelis said. "That's the reason we won the ball game. We turned it up. We didn't play smart in either half."
Both teams looked to push the tempo in the second half, as UAPB tried to counter the Memphis full-court pressure. But the Golden Lions struggled, committing 19 turnovers in the second half after committing 17 in the opening 20 minutes.
"I thought we didn't play very smart. I don't think we played very well," McNelis said. "You can come off of a break, say we struggled early, there are bound to be lots of different excuses, but the bottom line is self-discipline, stepping up and doing the job."
Senior Shannon Hamp was the lone player in double-digit scoring, pouring in a game-high 17 points and adding six rebounds. Redshirt freshman Latrice Booker made the most of her first career start, corralling a game-high eight rebounds and adding nine points and a block in her first college start. Booker redshirted last season after injuring her knee and having surgery in September. Senior point guard Kalara McFadyen led all players with six assists in her first game back since the season-opener against Austin Peay when she broke her hand. McFadyen also added three steals in the win. Sophomore Victoria Crawford was a big part of the Lady Tigers stepping up in the second half. Crawford finished with sevens points, two blocks and three steals in 11 minutes of play.
"Victoria started the half with tremendous energy," McNelis said. "She was talking on defense, she overplayed passing lanes, she kind of made a lot of things happened. She got her hands on a few balls, she gave us some energy to be able to make some things happen defensively. I thought Kaneshi kind of followed with that, she gave us some energy defensively. We got down on the floor after some lose balls, I think it all started with Victoria."
Maleka Sweat was the leading scorer for UAPB with nine points. Krystal Adams and Jessica Fulce each had seven rebounds in the Golden Lions' eighth-straight loss. Arnold, who hit the only trey of the game, led UAPB with five assists.
Memphis returns to the road, where the Lady Tigers are 1-2, to face the University of Massachusetts, Saturday, at 1 p.m. (Central).