@MemphisWBKB Hosts No. 23 Rutgers Tuesday
Jan. 13, 2014
The University of Memphis women's basketball team (8-8, 1-3 The American) will host one of the nation's longest winning streaks when No. 23 Rutgers (13-2, 4-0 The American) comes to town for a Tuesday night meeting in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. Rutgers has won nine straight games dating back to November, a streak that ties as the seventh longest in the country. Guided by Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer, this will be the Scarlet Knights' first-ever visit to the Bluff City.
First Conference Win
Another New Opponent
Hearn Finding Ways to Score
Hearn leads The American in conference-only games in scoring with a 20.8 ppg average. The sophomore guard also ranks tied for 10th in assists per game in league play with 3.0 a night and is tied for fourth in free-throw percentage with her 83.3 percent stroke.
Hearn and her teammates will have their hands full Tuesday night though, as Rutgers sports the country's sixth-stingiest scoring defense, holding teams to just 53.7 points per game and to a 32.9 percent shooting performance from the field.
Wilder-Cochran Posts Career Night at UCF
In conference contests, Wilder-Cochran leads the league with 5.3 assists a game and ranks fifth with 2.5 steals a night. She has also moved in to the top 25 in scoring with 9.8 ppg and her 73.3 percent free-throw stroke ranks 10th in conference games.
The freshman has also found some comfort in shooting from beyond the arc, knocking down four three-point field goals in the last three games and shooting 4-for-7 from beyond the arc in the last three games.
Hope Posts Double Digits Again
The 18 points pushed her past 300 points for her Memphis career. She also needs just two more blocks to break in to the Memphis career top 10 despite playing her first two collegiate seasons at Ole Miss.
Tiger Bench Gets Into The Action
Against UCF, the Tigers had three players with two fouls at the end of the first half and had to again adjust the lineup to cover foul trouble.
But by the end of the game, all 11 players had gotten in on the game action, including freshman post Brandi Goodman, who is battling a back injury that cost her the entire preseason, and sophomore guard Jaymie Jackson, who returned to the Tiger lineup after missing games for a violation of team rules.
Rowser Adds Another Double-Digit Game
Rowser has also added some range to her game as of late, connecting on her first collegiate triple in the double overtime loss at SMU and adding another one in the win at UCF. She also tied a season-high with a pair of assists in the win.
Keep it Clean
In games where Memphis scores more points off turnovers than their opponents, they are 6-3. In games where the opponents take more Tiger turnovers the other way for buckets, Memphis is 2-5.
She is the first coach to lead three different schools to the NCAA Final Four (Cheney, 1982; Iowa, 1993; Rutgers 2000, 2007) and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Rutgers is one of three unbeaten teams in the American Athletic Conference. The Scarlet Knights have won nine straight games dating back to November and sport one of the country's stiffest defenses, raking in the top six in points allowed (53.7) and opponent's field goal percentage (32.9). The nine-game winning streak is tied for the seventh-longest in the country.
And while holding opposing team's offenses down, the Scarlet Knights can string together big offensive runs of their own, putting 15-0 runs on opponents five times already this season, including a 20-0 run against Cincinnati and a 21-0 run on USF.
Hearn Looking for Career Point 800
She comes in to the Rutgers/Houston week with 745 career points, 55 shy of the 800-point mark and 255 shy of the 1,000 point mark.
With 14 regular season conference games left and at least one guaranteed conference tournament game, Hearn would need to average 17.0 ppg over the rest of the season to hit the 1,000 point mark this year. That would make her the first Tiger to hit the 1,000 point mark in two seasons since Brittany Carter did it after transferring to Memphis from Georgia in her 60th career game.
It was the second time this season for Hearn to earn a spot on the American Athletic Conference honor roll. She was also named to the honor roll Dec. 23rd.
Powell Responds With Career Night
Powell also saw a bunch of playing time at UCF, finishing 2-for-3 from the field and grabbing seven rebounds.
Over the past two games, she is averaging 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds and is 7-for-10 from the field.
Wilder-Cochran Looking for Hearn's Freshman Assist Mark
The first Memphis freshman to reach that feat was Ruth Ann-Forsythe, who finished with 101 assists in the 1983-84 season. The second was Ariel Hearn, last season. Hearn finished with a freshman single season record 109 assists in her first collegiate season.