@MemphisWBKB Heading to Rutgers for Rematch
Jan. 31, 2014
Where to See/Hear It
The Last Meeting
January 14, 2014
Elma Roane Fieldhouse
The University of Memphis women's basketball team (11-10, 4-5 The American) will head to New Jersey for a rematch with Rutgers (15-5, 6-3 The American), Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. (CT). The game will air on ESPN3.com with Julianne Viani and Jonathan Yardley on the call.
Rematch With Rutgers
The next repeat opponent for the Tigers will be Rutgers, a team that currently stands third in the league standings with a mark of 6-3. Rutgers is currently tied with USF for third in the standings, while Memphis is in a three-way tie for fifth at 4-5 through their first nine games.
The Scarlet Knights will be looking to return the favor, as Memphis was less-than-hospitable during the first meeting between the two teams in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse earlier this season. That game went to overtime and saw the Tigers upset then No.-23 ranked Rutgers, 74-73, for their first win over a ranked opponent since 2003.
Super scorer Kahleah Copper continues to shoot well from the field, shooting 59.2 percent and averaging 16.4 ppg, while freshman guard Tyler Scaife continues her strong first year campaign with 13.2 ppg. Inside, Betnijah Laney adds 13.1 ppg and is just missing a double-double with 9.5 rebounds a night.
Tigers Without Two Starters in UCF Win
After freshman guard Breigha Wilder-Cochran slid into the sideline boards at Louisville trying to track down an offensive rebound, she missed the UCF game.
Senior center Pa'Sonna Hope also missed the UCF game.
Both are day-to-day for the Tigers.
Facing a Stiff Defense
Inside, Rutgers has the conference's leading shot-blocker in sophomore Rachel Hollivay. Hollivay averages 3.0 blocks a night.
Mack Heating it Up
The senior drilled three straight field goals from beyond the arc to take Memphis from a one-point deficit to a seven-point lead.
She finished the UCF game with 11 points, one shy of her career-high of 12 that she set the previous game at Louisville. That marked the first time in her Tiger career that Mack has scored double-digit points in back-to-back games.
In the last five games, she has landed more three-point field goals than her teammates and is shooting 46.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Rowser Almost Posts a Double-Double
Down to Single Digits
Hearn Takes on More Duties vs UCF
Hearn Goes Double Digits Again
The three opponents to hold Hearn to single digits? East Tennessee State in the season-opener (9), Syracuse in the Paradise Jam tournament (9) and at UConn (7).
Hearn has posted 20+ point games eight times already this season and now has 12 20+ point games for her young Tiger career.
Swain Posts Career Night vs UCF
The appeal was approved and Swain suited up for her first game as a Tiger in a road win at Wright State, where she opened her career with a bang, grabbing 16 rebounds.
The next road trip, she was surprised by the Tigers' coaching staff, who put her on scholarship for this season.
As she has gotten comfortable in the Memphis system, Swain is starting to become a bigger offensive threat.
She has posted back-to-back five assist games (her career high) against Louisville and UCF, and added her first career double-digit scoring night in the win over UCF, finishing with 10 points.
Getting on the Glass
On the defensive glass, Memphis has been upside down in second chance points in four of the last six games. In the win over Rutgers, Memphis held a 14 point advance in second-chance points. The Tigers were even in the win at UCF, but have given up more offensive rebounds that their opponents have stuck back for points in each of the last three games.
In league play, the Tigers are being out-rebounded by a -3.1 margin.
Rowser Highly-Efficient in Louisville game
Rowser might be finding her stroke late in the season. In the last two games, she is averaging 11 points per game.
Hearn passes 800 point barrier
With her 18 points against UCF, Hearn pushed past the 800 career point mark. She enters Memphis' first-ever game at Rutgers with 813 career points.
With nine regular season conference games left and at least one guaranteed conference tournament game, Hearn would need to average 18.7 ppg over the rest of the season to hit the 1,000 point mark this year. That would make her the first Tiger to hit the 1,000 point mark in two seasons since Brittany Carter did it after transferring to Memphis from Georgia in her 60th career game.
Fastest to 1,000 career points
Freshman Point Guard Pushing Toward 100
The first was Ruth Ann Forsythe in 1983-84. The second was Ariel Hearn, last season. Hearn owns the freshman single season assist record with 109 assists last year.
Wilder-Cochran has 89 assists against 73 turnovers and had a three-game, double-digit scoring streak snapped against Houston.
Williams Looking for Point 100
Fuqua-Bey Looking for 400th Point
Fuqua-Bey moved in to the Memphis starting lineup as a freshman last year just 14 games in to her Tiger career. She has now started 40 straight games for the Tigers.
Hope Two Blocks Shy of Career Top 10
Hope played two seasons at Ole Miss before transferring to Memphis before the 2012-13 season. She had 33 blocked shots at Ole Miss, which would give her 85 for her entire college career.
Hearn Looking for 100th Career Pick