Dickson's 24 Points Leads Memphis Past Seton Hall, 82-73
Dec. 30, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nicole Dickson poured in 24 points, including 16 in the second half, to lead Memphis (10-3)past Seton Hall (7-8), 82-73. Jasmine Lee posted a double-double of 16 points and 12 boards and senior All-America Candidate Brittany Carter added 19 points, five rebounds and game-high seven assists.
After Memphis held Seton Hall to under 30 percent shooting in the first half, Jasmine Crew sparked Seton Hall's shooting to open the second half. Crew scored the first ten points for the Pirates, who connected on eight of their first ten shots to start the final stanza. Despite trailing at halftime, the Pirates eventually tied the game at 52-all behind Crew's shooting.
However, Memphis responded with an offensive rebound and stick-back by Lee. Danay Collier swiped the ball from Crew and found the streaking Dickson for a layup. Carter then found Dickson for a 12-foot jumper in the lane to push the Tigers back out to a six-point margin.
Moments later, Dickson hit three-pointers from the right wing and left baseline to extend the Memphis lead to nine, 69-60. Seton Hall attempted to extend the game by fouling, but the Tigers continued to knock down free throws to maintain the final margin.
Bilqis Adbul-Qaadir connected on two free throws with 1:51 remaining in the game, her 24th-consecutive makes from the charity stripe, tying the school record for consecutive free throws.
The Tigers used unselfish play in the opening stanza to build a five-point lead, 33-28, headed into the locker room. Carter, Dickson and Lonlack each divvied up a pair of assists, helping Memphis record eight assists on 12 made baskets in the half. The U of M shot 42.9 percent (12-of-28) from the floor.
A solid defensive effort by the Tigers held Seton Hall to 29.4 percent (10-of-34) shooting, but early in the contest the Pirates gathered their misses. Despite yielding nine offensive rebounds in the first seven minutes of the game, Memphis hit the glass and only trailed on the boards by two at half, 22-20.
Crew led Seton Hall with 33 points, on 13-of-20 (65 percent) shooting. She only had nine points in the first half. Terry Green chipped in 14 points and Brittany Morris added 12 for the Pirates.
The Tigers begin play in Conference USA on Thursday, January 5, their first game of the new year, when the Tulane Green Wave make the trek to the Bluff City. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. CT.