Nebraska Runs By Lady Tigers
Dec. 30, 2004
Memphis (7-5) was outrebounded 55-25 and shot just 19.2 percent in the first half in a 82-50 loss at Nebraska (8-4), Friday. With the loss, Memphis falls to 1-4 when playing away from the Elma Roane Fieldhouse with three more road games left to play on a four-game road stretch.
Memphis led early in the game 5-3, but Nebraska went on a 24-2 run that stretched the lead to 22 at 34-12 with 2:06 in the half. Nebraska's zone and some poor shot selection as Memphis proceeded to settle for outside shots dug a hole the Lady Tigers could never get out of. Senior Victoria Crawford had nine of Memphis' first half 14 points, but the remainder of the team 2-for-22 from the field in the opening half as Memphis shot just 19.2 percent in the first half.
"The frustrating thing about it was the discipline and the want-to just wasn't there," Lady Tiger head coach Blair Savage said. "Getting outrebounded like that is want to, it's a mentality. Not playing defense, not rebounding, that's just want-to."
The second half featured another big Nebraska run as the Cornhuskers stretched the lead to as many as 41 before Jennifer Sullivan and Gresh Gorman tried to get the Lady Tigers going. Sullivan scored four points and Gorman forced a pair of steals and sunk four points of her own while trying to get Memphis going, but the duo got no help from their teammates in the spurt.
"Nebraska got every loose ball, every second chance rebound, they were on the floor and coming up with plays and we didn't match it," Savage said. "For a while Jennifer Sullivan did and Gresh did, but unfortunately, nobody joined either of their intensity."
Memphis will continue its four-game road swing at Ole Miss, Jan. 3rd. That will be the Lady Tigers' last non-conference game of the regular season.