Classes begin Thursday at the University of Memphis and so does the homestand for the women's basketball team (10-6, 1-1 C-USA) in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Tigers will host East Carolina (11-4, 1-1 C-USA) at 7 p.m. in the on-campus venue.
Tigers vs. East Carolina This is the 21st meeting between Memphis and East Carolina, in a series that dates back to 2002. The series is tied, 10-10.
Memphis held on in the last meeting against ECU in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse in a 62-59 win. In that game, ECU's defense held the Tigers without a field goal the final 6:59 of the game, while the Pirates' offense whittled away at what had been a 14-point lead. Memphis struggled from the free-throw line in that meeting, shooting just 38.1 percent in the second half, missing opportunities to put the game away. Jasmine Lee finished that meeting with 21 points and 16 rebounds while Nicole Dickson added 18 points and seven rebounds.
The second meeting between the two teams last year was a costly one, as Brittany Carter was injured in the final seconds of a 69-56 victory and missed the next game (a loss to USM, the Tigers' lone home loss at the Fieldhouse last season).
About East Carolina Another Conference USA opponent, another team with outstanding guard play. The Pirates feature the three-headed monster of Whitny Edwards, Celeste Stewart and Kyani White. Edwards and Stewart are both redshirt seniors, while White is a sophomore transfer from Virginia Tech. The trio presents an athletic backcourt that can and will pressure the ball all over the floor and have helped hold opponents to just 53.5 points per game and just 35.0 percent shooting from the floor. ECU ranks 30th in the country in scoring defense and third in steals per game, led by Whites' 2.87 steals a night.
Inside, Britny Edwards, another redshirt senior who played at Virginia before transferring to ECU like her sister Whitny did, averages 11.4 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. She also leads the team with 22 blocked shots in 15 games and will be a load to handle inside for the Tigers' defenders.
Heather Macy has worked the transfer route to build her Pirates program, with six players who started their collegiate careers at other schools. She added a mix of two freshmen in with two junior college transfers to get ECU off to a quick start at 11-4 on the season. The Pirates are 7-1 at home this year, and are 3-2 on the road, including an 0-1 mark in C-USA play after falling at league-leading UTEP on Sunday. ECU actually led that game at the half, 35-27, but were outscored 54-31 in the second half in the loss.
Another Freshman of the Week Honor After posting her first career double-double in the win over Southern Miss, Asianna Fuqua-Bey was named the C-USA Freshman of the Week on Monday. She averaged 10.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Tigers, setting career highs in both games in rebounding. She had 10 boards in the loss at Houston, then had 11 in the win over USM. This is the third straight week a Tiger has captured the Freshman of the Week honor.
Tigers on TV Look for head coach Melissa McFerrin on this weekend's episode of Sports Files with Greg Gaston. It will air on WKNO (Channel 10.1) on Friday, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m., and will re air on digital channel 10.2 on Saturday, at 4 p.m.
Big RPI Week for the Tigers In facing East Carolina and Tulane this week, the Tigers are facing two of the top five teams in the league in the RPI standings. UTEP leads the league at 41, while SMU is 106. Rice is 110, followed by ECU"(114) and Tulane (133). The Tigers slipped after the road loss at Houston from 130 to 139 to rank sixth in the conference.
Don't Foul! Memphis is a team gets whistled for a lot of fouls, they rank No. 325 out of 343 NCAA Division I teams with 20.1 personal fouls per game called against them. When the Tigers give their opponents more than 20 attempts from the free-throw line, they are 5-5 on the season. When Memphis gives their opponents fewer than 19 attempts from the stripe, they are 5-1.
The Last Meeting
January 29, 2012
Tigers Win Fifth Straight C-USA Contest, 69-56
Led by a third straight double-double from Jasmine Lee, who finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, the University of Memphis women's basketball team (16-4, 6-1 C-USA) endured a late second half East Carolina (6-14, 0-6 C-USA) rally in a 69-56 win on the road, Sunday.
With the Win Over Southern Miss - Memphis improved to 7-13 in games played in FedExForum and 2-0 in C-USA home openers in the building. - Memphis also improved to 4-1 in C-USA home openers under Melissa McFerrin. McFerrin now has 89 career wins in C-USA games in her fifth season at the helm of the Tigers' program. - Memphis improved to 5-1 on the season when holding teams under 60 points. Memphis is 5-5 when the opponents score more than 60 points. - Asianna Fuqua-Bey tied a career high with 14 points, all in the first half, and added a career-best 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. She is the fourth different Tiger this season to post a double-double. Memphis has five double-doubles on the season -- Nicole Dickson has 2 and Fuqua-Bey, Hearn and Hope all have one. - It should reassure the Tigers' coaching staff that even when Nicole Dickson gets in foul trouble and isn't available, the team still found ways to score. Dickson picked up her second foul just five minutes into the game and missed the entire 15 minutes of the remainder of the half since her teammates were providing balanced enough scoring to hold a 37-21 lead at the half. - Nicole Dickson was held to single digit scoring for the first time this season, finishing with five points on 2-for-7 shooting. Even with her offense not clicking, the senior still made an impact in the game, posting six second half defensive rebounds to help hold off a USM squad that had cut the lead to one in the second half.
Abdul-Qaadir Looking For Career Point No. 500 Redshirt junior point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir finished with nine points on 4-for-13 shooting in the win over Southern Miss, moving her to 481 for her career, just 19 shy of her 500th career point.
Grambling State (2-15, 1-5 SWAC): Have lost three in a row following a 91-64 loss at Texas Southern; hosts Jackson State, Saturday.
Middle Tennessee (11-5, 6-1 Sun Belt): Won at UL Monroe, 66-48; hosts UALR, Wednesday.
Illinois State (11-5, 3-1 Missouri Valley): Won at Drake, 71-66; hosts Evansville, Thursday.
Texas-Arlington (3-12, 1-4 WAC): Lost to Texas State, 63-57; plays at Seattle University, Thursday.
Prairie View A&M (6-9, 3-2 SWAC): Won second straight game with a 59-53 victory over Jackson State; plays at Mississippi Valley State, Saturday.
East Tennessee State (3-9, 1-4 A-Sun): Lost to league leading Stetson, 71-55; plays at Kennesaw State, Saturday.
UALR (11-5, 4-4 Sun Belt): Lost to visiting Florida International, 55-53; plays at Middle Tennessee, Wednesday.
Illinois (9-7, 2-2 Big 10): Fell to visiting Michigan State, 79-74; plays at Nebraska, Thursday.
Alabama A&M (5-10, 4-1 SWAC): Suffered first SWAC loss in overtime, 69-67, to Alabama State; hosts Alcorn State, Saturday.
Saint Louis (7-9, 1-0 Atlantic 10): Won Atlantic 10 opener, 60-46; plays at Duquesne, Wednesday.
Seton Hall (7-10, 2-2 BIG EAST): Suffered second straight BIG EAST loss, 56-53; to Marquette; plays at Georgetown, Saturday.
Missouri (12-5, 1-3 SEC): Lost to No. 6 Kentucky, 69-43; plays at Ole Miss, Sunday..
Tennessee Tech (10-8, 4-1 Ohio Valley): Suffered first league loss at Eastern Illinois, 89-79; hosts UT Martin, Monday.
Wright State (7-8, 1-1 Horizon League): Lost at Green Bay, 71-44; hosts Detroit, Wednesday.
Houston (7-8, 1-1 C-USA): Lost at UAB, 54-46; plays at Marshall, Sunday.
Southern Miss (9-6, 1-1 C-USA): Lost at Memphis, 63-57; hosts SMU, Thursday.
East Carolina (11-4, 1-1 C-USA): Led at the half, but lost at UTEP, 81-66; plays at Memphis, Thursday.
Tulane (12-3, 1-1 C-USA): Danielle Blagg hit eight triples in a 67-57 win at Marshall; plays at Rice, Thursday.
UAB (11-4, 2-0 C-USA): Remains unbeaten in league play after a 54-46 win over Houston; plays at UTEP, Sunday.
UCF (6-10, 0-2 C-USA): Lost at SMU, 69-54; hosts Southern Miss, Sunday..