@MemphisWBKB Heading to Rutgers for Rematch
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Jan. 31, 2014

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The Last Meeting
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January 14, 2014
Elma Roane Fieldhouse
@MemphisWBKB Upsets No. 23 Rutgers, 74-73
It took five extra minutes, but the University of Memphis women's basketball team (9-8, 2-3 The American) picked up its first win over a ranked opponent since 2003 with a 74-73 victory over No. 23 Rutgers (13-4, 4-1 The American).


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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
Memphis plays three of its next four games on the road after passing the half-way point of conference play on Wednesday afternoon with a win over UCF. UCF marked the second conference team that Memphis faced off against in the home-and-home schedule (UConn was the first).

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.

About Rutgers
Rutgers is looking for a third conference home win on Saturday afternoon. After the loss to the Tigers in the first meeting, the Scarlet Knights came home to host No. 1 UConn, falling 94-64. The team then bounced back with a pair of wins, but on the road, winning at UCF (69-48) and at Temple (74-68). Their next trip home was another ranked opponent, this time No. 5 Louisville. The Scarlet Knights had the Cardinals' number until the late minutes of the game, falling 80-71 after having a lead at the half.

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
The Tigers had to shake up their starting lineup in Wednesday afternoon's game against UCF.

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
Memphis has faced its share of tough defenses this year. That trend continues Saturday when Memphis faces Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have the nation's 19th ranked defense, which allows just 57.3 ppg, and ranks seventh in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 34.1 percent from the field.

Inside, Rutgers has the conference's leading shot-blocker in sophomore Rachel Hollivay. Hollivay averages 3.0 blocks a night.

Mack Heating it Up
Senior guard Devin Mack returned to the starting lineup against UCF for the first time since the conference opener against Temple and it paid immediate dividends.

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
Redshirt freshman guard Mooriah Rowser was knocking on the door of her first career double-double on Wednesday. She grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and finished with eight points.

Down to Single Digits
Memphis has nine regular season games remaining heading in to the Rutgers game. Five of those nine games will be road games and four of those games will be against opponents that Memphis had not seen yet this season -- USF and Cincinnati.

Hearn Takes on More Duties vs UCF
Sophomore guard Ariel Hearn had to take on additional duties with freshman point guard Breigha Wilder-Cochran missing the UCF game. Hearn played all 40 minutes of the UCF game at the point and finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists against just one turnover and two steals. Hearn also did a good job of putting the ball on the deck since teams are playing her tight on the perimeter, making a career-high 11 attempts from the free-throw line, where she knocked down nine tries.

Hearn Goes Double Digits Again
Hearn scored nine from the free-throw line, but finished with 18 points in the win over UCF. That was her 18th double-digit scoring game of the season and the 42nd of her Tiger career.

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
Senior guard Jasbriell Swain is a nice story for the Tigers. Swain was a walk-on for the Tigers this year. After playing three seasons at Binghamton University, Swain moved home to Memphis to be close to her family. With the Tigers on a short roster, Swain went through the walk-on process and the Tigers processed an appeal on her behalf to the NCAA.

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
Memphis is 7-1 when they out-rebound their opponents and 3-9 when they don't. In the loss at Louisville, Mempis had a season-low seven offensive rebounds.

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
Redshirt sophomore Mooriah Rowser had her most efficient shooting night of the season in the game at Louisville. She was 7-for-10 from the field, finishing with 14 points. She scored 12 points in the second half alone against Louisville, at one point knocking down 12 of 13 straight points for the Tigers.

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
Through 53 career games (50 games as a starter), sophomore guard Ariel Hearn has been a consistent scorer. She is averaging 15.3 ppg for her career (17.7 ppg this year).

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
54 games -- LaTonya Johnson (sophomore year)
55 games -- Keeta Matthews (sophomore year)
60 games -- Brittany Carter (senior year)
62 games -- Kitty Allen (junior year)
64 games -- Tamika Whitmore (junior year)

Freshman Point Guard Pushing Toward 100
Freshman point guard Breigha Wilder-Cochran is 11 assists shy of the 100 assist mark. Only two other freshmen in Memphis history have dished out 100 or more assists in a season.

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
Freshman Taylor Williams was signed at Memphis as a guard. With a shallow Tiger front court, the Kansas City native has been playing at the three and four spots for the Tigers this season. She made her first collegiate career start in the Tigers' home game against No. 1 UConn back in Memphis' second conference game of the season, and she heads in to the rematch with Rutgers with 99 career points, one shy of her 100th point.

Fuqua-Bey Looking for 400th Point
Sophomore forward Asia Fuqua-Bey is 20 points shy of hitting the 400 point barrier. She has 380 career points through 53 games heading in to the rematch with Rutgers.

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
Senior center Pa'Sonna Hope leads Memphis with 17 blocks so far this season (after 35 last year). Her 52 career blocks is just two shy of the Tigers' 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
Ariel Hearn is known as a scorer. Last year, she was known for her ability to drive the ball and score through contact, this year, it's for her work from the three-point line. The next part of her game to get some attention will be defense. She enters the Rutgers game with 93 career steals, seven shy of the century mark.


 

 

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