Women's Basketball Hosts East Carolina Sunday
Jan. 14, 2012
Please Note: The game time Sunday is 1 p.m. (CT) to accommodate ECU's flight after the game. Also, this game will not be broadcast on 91.7 FM due to station renovations that are underway. The audio portion of the broadcast can be heard for out-of-town fans on the All-Access video broadcast.
Tigers vs. East Carolina
This is the first meeting in three years between the two teams that will be played in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. ECU upended Memphis two years ago, 77-76, in overtime in a televised C-USA game, then Brittany Carter exploded for 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting in an 83-70 win at the NBA venue last year.
Memphis swept the regular season meetings with ECU last year with an 87-75 win in Greenville before that FedExForum game. Since both teams are in the Eastern division of C-USA, they play a home-and-home each year. Last year marked just the second time in the series that Memphis has won both meetings. ECU owned series sweeps in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Rare January Home Game
nching Toward Program Win #700
Debut of New Video Scoreboard
Lonlack Looking Grand
Abdul-Qaadir Improves School Consecutive Free Throws Record
Her last miss from the stripe was the front end of a one-and-one with 2:24 remaining in the game in the win over Belmont (Nov. 13) in the Tigers' second game of the season. After having no free-throw tries at Illinois or against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the sophomore has hit everything since, improving to 28-for-29 on the season from the stripe.
- Nicole Dickson has almost doubled her rebounding average. In her freshman and sophomore seasons, she averaged about 4.5 rebounds a night. This year, she is averaging 8.9 boards a night, including a nine-rebound effort in the loss at UTEP Sunday.
- Jasmine Lee had a career-high three steals in the loss at UTEP, which saw her miss six minutes of play when she suffered a knee injury.
- Ramses Lonlack's free-throw attempts per game has dropped this year. After averaging between 3.3-3.7 attempts a game in her first three seasons, she is averaging just 2.5 tries a night as a senior. Part of that is improved field goal percentage from the field. She is shooting a career-best 42.9 percent from the floor so far this season, although that number has dropped as league play has opened and conference opponents are well-versed in Lonlack's game. In C-USA games, she is shooting 23.1 percent so far this season. Last year, Lonlack scored a career-high 21 points in the win at East Carolina, one of two 20-point games in her career.
- Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir scored 10 points in the loss at UTEP on Sunday, including a three-point field goal that cut the Miner lead to two with less than two minutes to play. That was Abdul-Qaadir's second double-digit game of the season and her fifth of her career.
- The UTEP game marked the first game of the season that Abdul-Qaadir was held without an assist.
- Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir has registered a block in each of the last two games. The sophomore point guard is 5-4 and has three blocks this season.
- Danay Collier may have snapped out of a shooting slump, after not shooting over 34 percent in the last six games, she shot 66.7 percent from the floor in the game at UTEP, including a 1-for-1 mark from three-point land.
- The trio of Tiger points guards (Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, Danay Collier, Lauren McGraw) were all held without an assist in the loss at UTEP, Sunday. Abdul-Qaadir had no assists against two turnovers, McGraw no assists against one turnover and Collier no assists against four turnovers. The four-turnover performance from Collier followed a three-assist against no turnover performance in the win over Tulane.
- Brittany Carter scored 32 the last time Memphis played East Carolina. The Tigers are hoping to have a repeat performance as Carter has battled shooting woes as of late, shooting under 37 percent in four straight games. She has not hit a three-point field goal in any of the last three games as opponents have become familiar with her arsenal of skills heading in to league play.
- Brittany Carter was held to single digit points in each of the last two games. That has not happened since her sophomore year when she scored single digits since games against SMU and UCF. She snapped that single digit streak in a big way, scoring double-digit points in the next 17 straight games while guiding Memphis to the finals of the WBI.
- Nicole Dickson has shot over 50 percent from three-point range in three straight games, including a 3-for-5 stretch against UTEP.
- KK Harvey played a career-high nine minutes in the loss at UTEP, spelling the posts with Ann Jones missing the entire game due to injury, and Jasmine Lee going down for over six minutes with a suspected knee injury. Harvey finished with a career-high four defensive rebounds and worked her way to the free-throw line, where she was 1-for-2.
Front Line of Dickson and Lee Looking for 500 Rebound Marks
1. Linda Street 1,452 2. Regina Street 1,277 3. Tamika Whitmore 952 4. Keeta Matthews 926 5. Kim Duppins 881 6. Ashley Thornton 713 7. LaTonya Johnson 686 8. Melissa Abraham 685 9. Savannah Ellis 670 Diane Gray 670 11. Heather Newlon 646 12. Raven Rogers 624 13. Wanda Dillard 611 14. Shannon Hamp 567 15. Ramses Lonlack 562 16. Kitty Allen 559 17. Michelle Winrow 548 18. Vera Webb 547 19. LaShanya Garner 524 To Watch: Nicole Dickson 421 Jasmine Lee 403
Dickson will likely be the next Tiger (following Ramses Lonlack) to hit the 1,000 career point mark. With 14 regular season conference games remaining and at least one conference tournament game on the schedule, Dickson would need to average 11.7 ppg to become the third Tiger on this year's roster to have over 1,000 career points.
Sharing the Basketball
Lonlack now has 181 career assists. This season alone, Lonlack has 35 helpers, which is just four shy of the single season total number of assists she had as a sophomore. Her single season best assist number was 54, last year.
In school history, 18 Tigers' teams have won 20 or more games. In the last 10 years, Memphis has just three 20-win seasons, but two of them are the back-to-back seasons under McFerrin.