Jan. 26, 2006
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This is the second-ever meeting between the Lady Tigers and UCF, with Memphis winning the last meeting 79-41 on the road in 1992-93.
UCF is one of the East Division teams in C-USA, so Memphis will return the home game this season, playing in Orlando on Feb. 19th to end a four-game conference road swing.
This is the beginning of UCF's four-game C-USA road swing. In a weird scheduling issue, six of C-USA's women's basketball programs have back-to-back road weekends, meaning four straight league road games. Rice, Memphis, Tulsa, UCF and UTEP all have one four-game road stretch, while UAB ended up with two four-game league road trips. SMU and Southern Miss each have one three-game league road trip, while ECU, Houston, Marshall and Tulane do not have any back-to-back league road trips.
Necaise Adds Another 20+ Point Night
Heading into her junior season, guard Devin Necaise had never scored a 20+ point outing. She now has done that twice, the first being 28 points at No. 13 Arizona State, and Necaise scored 21 in New Orleans in the loss to Tulane, Sunday. The junior, who averaged 6.4 points per game last year, is now second on the team with a 13.1 ppg average.
Memphis Prepping For First of Two TV Appearances
Sunday's game against Southern Miss is Memphis' first appearance on the new C-USA TV package on CSTV. The game time Sunday was pushed back to 1 p.m. to accommodate CSTV. This will be the one game in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse that will be televised. Memphis will make its second appearance on CSTV when the Lady Tigers play at Marshall, Feb. 12th.
Bradley's Block Party
Senior Jamie Bradley became the first Lady Tiger since Melissa Abraham in 2001 to post a block in five straight games. Bradley now has posted at least one block in the last six straight games and has 22 blocks on the season through the first 17 games. If she can get 8 more blocks before the end of the season, she will be the first Lady Tiger to stuff 30 or more blocks since Raven Rogers did it in 2003-04.
Losing Streak Extends to Nine Games
Memphis is hoping that this stretch with four of six games at home helps put an end to the Lady Tigers' current losing streak, which is now nine games after the trip to New Orleans. The longest losing streak in Memphis history was 12 games, from 1989-90.
Butler in an Assisting Mood
Senior Tamika Butler handed out a game-high eight assists in the loss at Tulane, Sunday. The senior averaged 6.5 assists per game over the weekend, cutting her turnovers down to 4.0 per game. She leads Memphis with 65 assists on the season and now has 324 assists, which ranks 8th in Memphis history. She needs 12 more assists to pass Tiffany Collins (1997-2001) for seventh all-time.