Women's Basketball Returns Home Sunday

Memphis (12-7, 3-2) vs UCF (6-12, 0-4)
Elma Roane Fieldhouse (Memphis, Tenn.)
Sun., January 27, 2013 - 1 pm (CT) 

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Pre-Game Kids Clinic as part of National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Fill the Fieldhouse!: All fans get $1.00 admission as part of our Fill the Fieldhouse Challenge as part of the NCAA competition among conference members. Memphis won last year in C-USA, let's go for two-in-a-row!

Post Game Autographs: The team will sign post-game autographs

Greek Olympics:The first of six halftime competitions among the University of Memphis Greek Organizations.

Tigers vs. UCF
This is the 17th meeting in the series between the two programs and the overall series is knotted at 8-8. Memphis swept the regular season series with UCF last year, winning 65-57 in a televised game at FedExForum, then going to Orlando and holding on for a 61-54 victory. Memphis has won five of the last seven meetings with UCF, but is just .500 (at 4-4) in games played in Orlando.

About UCF
UCF brings a young roster into the Sunday match-up with the Tigers. UCF has just two seniors, including redshirt senior Kayli Keough, who played her first two collegiate seasons at Florida State. The other senior is guard Gevenia Carter, who averages 12.9 ppg and leads UCF with 52 assists on the season. It's freshman Briahanna Jackson who leads the team in scoring though, averaging 14.4 ppg and shooting 31.3 percent from the field. She is a good rebounding guard, with 5.2 rebounds a night, and trails just junior post Erika Jones in that category. Jones is a force off the offensive glass, with 55 of her 130 rebounds coming from her teammates misses. She averages 6.5 points night and leads the team with 7.2 rebounds a game. UCF played its normal difficult non-conference schedule, playing St. John's when they were No. 13 in the country, and also facing Louisville, Missouri State, at TCU, Charlotte, at Florida Gulf Coast and at Bowling Green. They carried a three-game winning streak into conference play, winning on the road at Florida Gulf Coast and Bowling Green to gain some momentum, but ran into two of the top teams in the league in the opening weekend, falling to UAB and at SMU to start the season off. They then dropped a home contest to Southern Miss, 62-57, and led at the half at Tulsa, but came up just short in a 54-51 loss on Thursday night.

Fuqua-Bey Figures Into the Mix
Freshman forward Asianna Fuqua-Bey has started the last six games for Memphis, in which Memphis had gone 4-2. In the last five games, the Chicago native is threatening to average close to a double-double, averaging 7.8 points and a team-best 8.2 rebounds per game. She is also shooting 53.8 percent from the field in the last five outings and has grabbed 22 of her 41 rebounds off the offensive glass.

Dickson To Career Top 10 in Rebounding; Passes Carter's Scoring Mark
Nicole Dickson grabbed six defensive rebounds in the win at UAB. That rocketed her right into the top 10 in the school's record books. She is now tied with former Tiger LaTonya Johnson (1994-98) for ninth in rebounds with 686 rebounds. She is 14 shy of becoming just the ninth player in Memphis' 41 year history to post more than 700 career rebounds and is 27 caroms shy of moving to eighth-place all-time, where former Tiger Ashley Thornton (2006-09) sits. Dickson also passed former teammate Brittany Carter's career scoring mark. With her 19 points at UAB, she now has 1,443 points, passing Carter's mark of 1,437 points that was 13th in the Tigers' annuals. Dickson is now eying Vera Webb's (1982-86) mark of 1,475 points (32 points away).

Abdul-Qaadir Passes 500 Point Mark
With her seven points in the win at UAB, redshirt junior point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir passed the 500-point mark. As the junior tries to balance her duties as the team's point guard with her scoring opportunities, she now has 500 points and 183 career assists. After missing seven games with a broken hand, Abdul-Qaadir is back to logging a lot of minutes. She has played 30 or more minutes in each of the last five games. Since returning from her injury, she has averaged 10.4 ppg and had a career-best six rebounds in the win over East Carolina in the Tigers' last home game at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

30 is the New 20
Nicole Dickson scored 31 points in the loss at Tulane. She was 12-for-24 from the field in that game, and accounted for exactly half of Memphis' points (the Tigers lost 72-62). The 31-point game was the fifth game of the season that Dickson has gone over the 30 point mark. Dickson is one of three players in NCAA DI women's basketball that has scored 30 or more points in five or more games this season. She is currently tied with Georgetown senior Sugar Rodgers with five and trails only FIU junior Jerica Coley who has done so in seven games and who leads the country in scoring with 24.4 ppg. Dickson seems to have no problem finding points the road. Four of her five 30-point efforts have come on road trips.

Dickson's 30-Point Club
at Illinois State -- 36 points
at UT Arlington -- 30 points
at East Tennessee State -- 30 points
Wright State -- 34 points
at Tulane -- 31 points

Hearn Back on the Double-Digit Track
Just one game after having her 11-game double-digit scoring streak snapped with a tough shooting day in the loss at Tulane where she was 2-for-12 and finished with just seven points, freshman guard Ariel Hearn may have started her next streak with a 13 point outing in the win at UAB. She was 5-for-15 from the field. In the last two games, she has averaged 2.5 free throw attempts a game, For the season, she averages 5.4 attempts a game. Hearn has battled foul trouble in the first half of C-USA road games prior to the UAB game. She played just eight minutes in the first half of the loss at Tulane, and played just seven minutes in the first half of the loss at Houston to start the C-USA slate. Keeping the freshman on the floor is key to the Tigers' success, as she is the team's second-leading scorer with 14.6 ppg and leads the team with 77 assists.

Jones Ties Rebounding Mark
Sophomore center Ann Jones tied her season high with seven rebounds in the win at UAB. She had five offensive boards, to help the Tigers out-rebound UAB 42-34. The work on the glass resulted in more minutes for Jones, as she played 13 minutes, her first double-digit minute outing in six games.

Memphis vs. UCF -- The Series 
12/5/92 W 79-41 Away
1/27/06 L 65-54 Home
2/19/06 L 77-62 Away
1/14/07 L 77-62 Away
2/17/07 W 80-73 Home
2/9/08 W 78-68 Away
3/1/08 L 81-69 Home
1/8/09 L 85-67 Home
2/26/09 L 82-67 Away
1/5/10 W 49-47 Away
2/14/10 W 76-72 Home
1/20/11 W 74-53 Home
3/3/11 L 70-52 Away
3/11/11 L 81-63 Neutral
2/4/12 W 65-57 Home (FEF)
2/19/12 W 61-54 Away

  With the Win at UAB

- Memphis improved to 7-1 on the season when holding teams to under 60 points. Memphis is 5-6 when giving up more than 60 points to their opponents.
- Melissa McFerrin won her 90th game as the head coach at Memphis. She has won 39 of those games over Conference USA opponents.
- The Tigers improved to 8-2 in their last 10 outings. The two losses in that stretch were by a combined 13 points. The 10-point loss at Tulane was the biggest margin of loss since a 12-point loss to UALR back on Dec. 7th. In the last 10 games, Memphis has out-rebounded its opponents in seven of the last 10 games, was even in rebounding in the loss at Tulane and was out-rebounded by Seton Hall and East Carolina, both Tigers' victories.



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