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Jan. 19, 2013

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Memphis (11-6, 2-1 C-USA) vs Tulane (13-3, 2-1 C-USA)
Devlin Fieldhouse (New Orleans, La.)
Sun., January 20, 2013 - 1 pm (CT) 

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Tigers vs. Tulane
This is the 38th meeting between Memphis and Tulane. The Tigers lead the overall series 22-15, but have won just one time in the last five meetings. Memphis opened league play against Tulane last season with a 61-59 victory in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, snapping a four-game losing streak to the Green Wave. Tulane then returned the favor by knocking Memphis off in the C-USA semifinals on the Tigers' home floor at FedExForum, 63-44, to deny the Tigers a chance at their first C-USA championship game appearance since 1998.

Memphis is 9-8 all-time in games played in New Orleans, and last won there in 2008. Maybe the name change and the renovations of the venue will help change the Tigers' luck. Formerly called Fogelman Arena, the building has undergone renovations and has been renamed Devlin Fieldhouse. Similar to Memphis' two-phase renovations of the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, Devlin Fieldhouse has finished phase one of its renovations, adding chairback seating to the home side and over the student section and new concession and merchandise stands. The acoustical ceiling was also removed and new lighting was installed to provide television-quality lighting levels. A new Gameday Club with bar seating was also added and the lobby gained a new ticket booth and decorations.

About Tulane
Tulane and the Tigers are tangled for fourth place in the Conference USA standings after both teams picked up wins on Thursday night.

Tulane went on the road to Rice and upended the host Owls, 69-65, holding C-USA preseason player of the year Jessica Kuster to just seven rebounds, including one offensive, and 15 points on 5-for-15 shooting. The Green Wave has great guard play, with three different players ranking in the top 200 players in the country is assists per game and in assist-to-turnover ratio. Sophomore Jamie Kaplan leads the way with 4.3 assists per game and a 1.97 assist-to-turnover ratio, while senior guards Olivia Grayson and Tyria Snow each hand out 3.6 assists a night. Snow has a 1.63 assist-to-turnover ratio, while Grayson has a 1.23 ratio. One of the favorite targets for the guards is redshirt sophomore Whitney Bibbins, who missed all of last season with a concussion. She has returned with a vengeance this season, averaging a team-high 13.8 ppg and adding 5.4 rebounds a night. And the Green Wave also possesses a potent threat from beyond the arc in sophomore shooter Danielle Blagg. Blagg ranks 47th in the country in three-point field goal percentage (39.1) and 82nd in three-point field goals made per game (2.25). Blagg hit eight triples in the win over Marshall last Sunday, and added three more while coming off the bench in the win at Rice Thursday night.

On the Road Against the West Again
After back-to-back home meetings against teams from the East Division of Conference USA, the Tigers are back on the road to face a team from the West, playing at Tulane, Sunday, at 1 p.m. Memphis has successfully defended its home court in the first two meetings in league play, but will need to find some wins on the road to try to remain in the top four, where the Tigers are currently tied with Tulane for fourth place. Memphis has traditionally been able to find some road wins in league play since Melissa McFerrin took over prior to the 2008-09 season. Since McFerrin has taken over, the Tigers have gone 16-16 in C-USA road games, including a 5-2 record on the road last season when they finished second in the C-USA standings. While the current Tiger roster has a bunch of newcomers, they have proved that they can win on the road, picking up wins at Illinois State, Texas-Arlington, Saint Louis and Seton Hall before coming up short in a 77-74 loss at Houston to open the C-USA slate. Memphis is 4-3 in road games this season, but has played just the Houston game away from home in the last six outings. That one road loss is the Tigers' only loss in the past nine games.

Another Step Forward for the Tigers Youngsters
Early in the season following the loss of Mooriah Rowser and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir to injuries, if the Tigers found themselves down at the half, the game slipped to a loss. But the youngsters are finding their resiliency. After trailing in games against Tennessee Tech and East Carolina, the Tigers came out and reversed the second half, picking up wins. Memphis held Tennessee Tech to 31 points in the second half to win that game, 73-64, and held ECU to 28 points in a 66-56 victory on Thursday night. In all, Memphis has trailed at the break in eight of its first 16 games. They have trailed at the half in three of the last five games, but have come back to win two of the three, and were a three-point shot off the rim away from needing overtime at Houston to determine if they could have completed that comeback.

Abdul-Qaadir Looking For Career Point No. 500
Redshirt junior point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir is just six points shy of her 500th collegiate point. She is also 23 assists shy of the 200 career assist mark with 177 assists. The junior missed seven games earlier this season with a broken right hand, her shooting hand. She returned to the line-up after the semester break in the win over Missouri.

Dickson Shy of Top 10 in Career Rebounds and Blocks
Everyone in the league knows Nicole Dickson as a scorer, but the senior forward is just 14 rebounds shy of breaking into the career top 10 at Memphis in rebounding heading into the Sunday contest at Tulane. She has 671 career boards and is eying Melissa Abraham's (1998-2002) mark of 671 rebounds, which is 10th in Memphis history. Dickson is also three blocked shots away from the career top 10 in that category as well. She has 51 blocks, just three shy of ninth place, where Taylor Mumphrey (2009-11) and Raven Rogers (2001-05) sit. Of course, Dickson is also just seven points shy of her 1,400th career point. She currently ranks 15th at Memphis in scoring with 1,393 points and is 34 points shy of moving to 14th all-time in scoring, where Shannon Hamp's (1999-2003) mark of 1,427 points sits.

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.

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 6-1.

With the Win Over East Carolina
- Memphis improved to 6-1 on the season when holding teams under 60 points. Memphis is 5-5 when the opponents score more than 60 points.

- Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir tied a career-high with six rebounds - Melissa McFerrin coached her 89th victory at Memphis. Thirty-eight of her 89 career victories have been against Conference USA schools. The Tigers are 38-29 in C-USA in Coach McFerrin's fifth season.

- Memphis won its fifth straight game against ECU.

- Memphis was on the positive side of the fast break points margin for the first time in three games, finishing with six fast break points, compared to zero for ECU. Memphis has only scored more fast break points than its opponents in six of the first 17 games this season. Some of that has been on the Tigers' transition defense and getting in front of fast breaks and run outs.

- Ariel Hearn and Nicole Dickson were both in the starting lineup. Those two are the only ones who have played in and started every game this season.

- Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir scored double-digit points for the fourth time in five games. The one time she missed double digits? A nine-point game against Southern Miss. As she gets her wind back after missing seven games, she is getting more shots off, and is drawing more defensive attention. In the last two games, she has just under 40 percent from the field for just the second and third time in nine games this season. She is 7-for-22 from the field in the last two contests (.318).

- Ariel Hearn scored double-digit points for the 11th straight game. In her first 17 career collegiate games, she has been held to single digits just three times, including a nine-point game at East Tennessee and a seven point, 12 assist game against Grambling State.

- Asianna Fuqua-Bey went over the 100 career point mark with her five points. She now has 105 for her young Tiger career.

Memphis vs. Tulane -- 

The Series

1979-80 W 75-62


1980-81 W 88-81


1/16/82 W 78-63 Away
1/6/83 W 87-62


2/6/84 W 64-57


2/16/84 W 79-64


1/24/85 W 85-65


2/16/85 W 67-57


2/10/86 W 89-83


2/15/86 W 92-69


1/15/90 L 79-76


2/12/90 W 81-69 


1/10/91 W 78-68


2/9/91 W 85-65


12/21/91 W 68-56


1/2/93 L 60-59


1/28/96 W 96-64


1/5/97 W 86-73


1/11/98 W 90-77


2/6/98 L 89-67


1/8/99 L 98-51


2/6/99 L 72-63


1/9/00 L 83-67


2/19/00 L 87-67


1/19/01 L 67-58


2/16/01 W 76-61


1/11/02 L 77-59


1/19/03 L 70-46


1/31/04 W 76-64


1/14/05 W 56-53


1/22/06 L 74-58


2/7/07 L 77-61


1/18/08 W 74-66


1/31/09 L 59-44


2/18/10 L 86-61


2/20/11 L 75-63


1/5/12 W 61-59


3/9/12 L 63-44

Home (FEF)

Opponent Check-Up

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 (12-5, 7-1 Sun Belt): Downed UALR 65-56; hosts Louisiana, Saturday.

Illinois State (11-6, 3-2 Missouri Valley): Lost to Evansville, 71-57; hosts Southern Illinois, Saturday.  

Texas-Arlington (3-13, 1-5 WAC): Lost at Seattle, 69-53; plays at Idaho, Saturday.

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 (11-6, 4-5 Sun Belt): Fell below .500 in league play with a loss at Middle Tennessee, 65-56; plays at Western Kentucky, Saturday.

Illinois (10-7, 3-2 Big 10): Won third straight Big 10 road game, winning at Nebraska, 62-52; hosts Northwestern, Saturday.

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 (7-10, 1-1 Atlantic 10): Suffered first league loss at Duquesne, 68-41; hosts Saint Joseph's Sunday.

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 (7-9, 1-2 Horizon League): Lost to Detroit, 86-76; plays at Loyola, Saturday.

Houston (7-8, 1-1 C-USA): Lost at UAB, 54-46; plays at Marshall, Sunday.

Southern Miss (9-7, 1-2 C-USA): Lost to SMU, 79-69; plays at UCF Sunday.

East Carolina (11-5, 1-2 C-USA): Lost at Memphis, 66-56; hosts Tulsa, Sunday.

Tulane (13-3, 2-1 C-USA): Won on the road at Rice, 69-65; hosts Memphis Sunday.

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.

Rice (9-6, 1-1 C-USA): Lost to Tulane, 69-65; plays at SMU, Sunday.

Marshall (6-10, 0-3 C-USA): Lost at Tulsa, 69-49; hosts Houston, Sunday.

SMU (12-4, 3-0 C-USA): Downed UCF, 69-54; hosts Rice, Sunday.

UTEP (14-1, 2-0 C-USA): Had five players in double figures in an 81-66 win over East Carolina; hosts UAB, Sunday.

Tulsa (6-10, 1-2 C-USA): Downed visiting Marshall, 69-49; plays at East Carolina, Sunday.



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