Women's Basketball Winging to Marshall

Feb. 2, 2013

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Memphis (13-8, 4-3 C-USA) at Marshall (6-13, 0-6 C-USA)
Cam Henderson Arena (Huntington, W Va.)
Sun., February 3, 2013 - 2 pm (ET) 

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The University of Memphis women's basketball team (13-8, 4-3 C-USA) will put its wraps on the first half of the Conference USA schedule with a Sunday contest at Marshall (6-13, 0-6 C-USA). That game will tip at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

Tigers vs. Marshall
This is the 17th meeting between Memphis and Marshall, and its the Thundering Herd who have the upper hand in the series history, 11-5. Memphis had won five straight against Marshall beginning in 2010, but had that streak snapped in a game at Huntington last year in a 65-54 loss.

About Marshall
Marshall is guided by a new head coach since that last meeting. Matt Daniel took over the Thundering Herd program in May of 2012. Daniel is somewhat familiar with the Mid-South, as he spent four seasons as the head coach at the University of Central Arkansas, building the Sugar Bear program from NCAA Division II to an NCAA Division I team that posted three straight 20-win seasons, including two postseason tournament appearances. Daniel is no newcomer to Marshall either, having been recruited to the Thundering Herd by Billy Donovan.

He brings the up-tempo style of play with him, a transition that has been tough for a team that played Royce Chadwick's offensive system last year. The result is a team that is 6-13 on the season and is mired in the midst of an eight-game losing streak.

Sophomore guard Shay Weaver is the team's leading scorer at 9.8 ppg and ranks 53rd in the NCAA in three-point field goals made per game with 2.47 a night and 69th in three-point field goal percentage at 36.4.

Memphis vs. Marshall -- 

The Series

1/6/06 L 65-52 Home
2/12/06 L 74-54


3/2/06 L 80-63 Neutral
1/18/07 L 69-50 Home
2/1/07 L 79-57 Away
1/10/08 L 61-47 Home
2/21/08 L 83-73 Away
1/24/09 L 72-57


2/22/09 L 70-61


3/5/09 L 76-57 Neutral
1/28/10 W 57-50 Away
2/25/10 W 63-53


1/6/11 W 74-54 Home
1/27/11 W 69-44


1/26/12 W 71-58 Home
2/16/12 L 65-54 Away

End of the First Half of Conference Play
The game against Marshall will mark the end of the first half of the conference slate for the Tigers. Memphis will have then seen every team from the Eastern Division of Conference USA and a trio of teams from the West (Houston, Tulane & Rice). The Tigers are hoping to stay above the .500 mark and to even match the 200-11 team's first half of the conference slate with a 5-3 record.

Since Melissa McFerrin has come to Memphis, the Tigers are a combined 18-14 in their first eight games of the season.

Memphis' record through first eight C-USA games of the season:
2008-09 1-7
2009-10 6-2
2010-11 5-3
2011-12 6-2
2012-13 4-3 *one game remaining to mid-way through C-USA slate

Success in the Classroom
Six members of the women's basketball team were recognized at halftime of the men's basketball game against East Carolina as members of the Fall 2012 Tiger 3.0 Club. Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, Asianna Fuqua-Bey, Krishunda Harvey, Pa'Sonna Hope, Courtney Powell and Mooriah Rowser all had a GPA of 3.0 or higher to earn the recognition. Abdul-Qaadir, Fuqua-Bey, Powell and Rowser were also named to the Dean's List for having a GPA of at least 3.5.

Double-Double For Dickson
With her 18 points and 12 rebounds, Nicole Dickson posted her fourth double-double of the season and the 14th of her career. The senior forward set a school record last year with seven consecutive double-doubles, but has been boxed out a bit more this season. With the graduation of Jasmine Lee, she's drawn a little more attention on the glass. The back-to-back double-doubles are the first for her since last season.

Her 14 career double-doubles ranks her tied for ninth in Memphis history with Wanda Simpson (1982-86).

Memphis double-doubles
Nicole Dickson, 30 pts, 13 reb. at UT Arlington, 11/21/12
Nicole Dickson, 10 pts, 10 reb. vs. UALR, 12/7/12
Nicole Dickson, 20 pts, 10 reb. vs. UCF, 1/27/13
Nicole Dickson, 18 pts, 12 reb. vs. Rice, 1/31/13
Asianna Fuqua-Bey, 14 pts, 11 reb., Southern Miss, 1/13/13
Ariel Hearn, 23 pts, 10 reb., Tennessee Tech, 12/31/12
Pa'Sonna Hope, 13 pts, 12 reb., at East Tennessee State, 11/30/12

Keep it Down
The Tigers' goals are quite obvious. Since league play began, Memphis is 0-3 when giving up 70 or more points and is 3-0 when holding their conference foes in the 50s. Memphis has scored between 60-66 points in six of seven league games, so it's not the Tigers totals that is changing as much as it is the points being given up on the other end.

Shooting Percentages Slowing Down
As always happens when the team gets into league play, more thorough scouting reports often mean more contested shots. In the non-conference schedule, Memphis shot over 43 percent in 10 of 14 games. Since league play has begun, Memphis has hit over 43 percent in just one of seven games (the win over Southern Miss).

Driving at the Rim
Memphis has faced a lot of zone lately (see shooting percentage note above). Settling for jumpers is not a huge part of the Tigers' game, but getting to the paint is. In games where Memphis has attempted 20 or more free-throws, the Tigers are 8-2. In games where they are held under 20 attempts, they are 4-5.

The reverse side of that graphic is when Memphis gives its opponents 20 or more attempts at the free-throw line, the Tigers are 6-7, including 2-3 against league opponents.

Taking Care of the Ball
Memphis committed just 11 turnovers in the win over Rice, the second-fewest on the season for the Tigers. The best? Just 10 turnovers in the loss to UCF in the previous game.

Dickson Looking for 1,500th Point; Passes Brittany Carter's Scoring Mark
Nicole Dickson is knocking on the door of another benchmark in scoring, heading into Sunday's game with 1,481 career points, 19 shy of the 1,500 point mark. Last year, Dickson was held to just six points in that game at Rice.

The 1,481 points places Dickson 12th in the Tiger scoring charts, now ahead of former teammate Brittany Carter (2009-12) and just 13 points behind Wanda Dillard's (1982-86) mark of 1,494 that currently ranks 11th all-time.

In her last meeting at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, Dickson was just 3-for-12 from the field and finished with nine points.

Dickson to the Top 10 in Rebounds
Everyone knows Dickson's reputation in the scoring column, where the senior is looking to break into the top 10 in school history in scoring. But she is already in the career top 10 in one category at Memphis -- rebounding. Her 708 rebounds ranks ninth in program history and she is five shy of tying Ashley Thornton's (2006-09) mark of 713 for eighth place.

Hearn Surpasses a Dickson Mark
Freshman Ariel Hearn is already rewriting some of the marks her teammate Nicole Dickson put in the record book. Hearn enters Sunday's game with 304 points this season, which is ninth all-time for any Memphis freshman in school history. Who did she pass at 302 points for 10th all-time? Nicole Dickson.

Hearn's 83 assists in her freshman season is already the fourth-best mark of any Tiger freshman in history. Ruth Ann Forsythe holds the freshman single season mark of 101 assists, just 31 assists away, and is the only freshman in school history to dish out 100 or more assists in a season, a mark within Hearn's reach with nine conference games remaining.

Fuqua-Bey Going to Work
Freshman Asianna Fuqua-Bey has started the last eight games for Memphis. For her young Memphis career, she has almost as many rebounds (117) as points (123). The forward is playing out of position behind Nicole Dickson, but in order to get her on the floor, the Tigers use her at the five spot to get rebounding cleaned up. She has responded with 56 of her 117 rebounds off the offensive glass.

Jackson Posts Second Double-Digit Outing
Freshman guard Jaymie Jackson posted her second career double-digit scoring effort in the win over Rice, finishing with 11 points on 3-for-10 shooting. But the guard worked her way to the lane, earning trips to the free-throw line, where she knocked down 5-of-6 attempts while playing a season-high 28 minutes off the bench. She came off the bench after being ill earlier in the week and missing practice.

Fuqua-Bay Just Misses Second Double-Digit Night
Asianna Fuqua-Bey has her first career double-double under her belt. She almost added a second double-digit rebounding night, finishing with nine rebounds in the win over Rice. She tied a career-high with six offensive rebounds in 31 minutes. The Chicago native had a tough night on the offensive end, and was held without a field goal for the first time since the game at Saint Louis, where she played just four minutes. She finished with one point in the Rice win.

Hope Just Misses Double-Digit Scoring Night
After scoring double-digits in three straight games against Prairie View A&M, East Tennessee State and UALR (all losses), junior post Pa'Sonna Hope has not seen double-digit scoring since. She almost got back there on Thursday night, finishing with eight points on 4-for-7 shooting, her best scoring outing since the win over Southern Miss at FedExForum to open Memphis' home C-USA schedule.

Opponent Check-Up

Grambling State (4-17, 2-7 SWAC): Edged by Mississippi Valley State, 50-48; plays at Southern, Saturday.

Middle Tennessee (16-5, 11-1 Sun Belt): Won on the road at FIU, 61-51; visits Florida Atlantic, Saturday.

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Illinois State (13-6, 5-2 Missouri Valley): Held on for a 66-65 win over Illinois State; plays at Missouri State, Sunday. 

Texas-Arlington (3-16, 1-8 WAC): Committed 30 turnovers in a 78-70 loss to San Jose State; hosts Louisiana Tech, Saturday.

Prairie View A&M (8-11, 5-4 SWAC): Defeated Alabama A&M, 68-59; plays at Texas Southern, Sunday. 

East Tennessee State (5-11, 3-6 A-Sun): Snapped a losing streak with a 74-57 win over Jacksonville; hosts Lipscomb, Saturday.

UALR (14-7, 7-6 Sun Belt): Won 74-52 over Louisiana Tech; hosts South Alabama, Saturday.

Illinois (12-8, 5-3 Big 10): Upended No. 24 Iowa, 74-62; plays at Wisconsin, Sunday.

Alabama A&M (6-13, 5-4 SWAC): Lost at Prairie View A&M, 68-59; hosts Mississippi Valley State, Saturday.

Saint Louis (9-12, 3-3 Atlantic 10): Routed Xavier, 66-49; hosts UMass, Thursday.

Seton Hall (8-13, 3-5 BIG EAST): Lost at No. 25 Syracuse, 65-34; plays at DePaul, Wednesday.

Missouri (14-8, 3-5 SEC): Downed visiting Florida, 69-64; hosts Tennessee, Sunday.

Tennessee Tech (11-10, 5-3 Ohio Valley): Lost to visiting Murray State, 68-52; plays at Belmont, Saturday.

Wright State (10-10, 4-3 Horizon League): Kim Demmings scored her 1,000th point in a 67-66 win over Valparaiso; hosts Youngstown State, Sunday.

Houston (9-10, 3-3 C-USA): Had league-leading SMU on the ropes, but fell, 58-54; hosts Tulane, Saturday.

Southern Miss (12-8, 4-3 C-USA): Edged past UAB, 54-51, on the road; hosts Tulsa, Sunday.

East Carolina (15-5, 5-2 C-USA): Downed Marshall, 54-47; hosts UCF, Sunday.

Tulane (15-4, 4-2 C-USA): Got a game-winning block from Whitney Bibbins in a 57-55 win at UCF; plays at Houston, Saturday.

UAB (13-6, 4-2 C-USA): Had two chances to tie or take the lead in the final four seconds of the game, but fell 54-51, to Southern Miss; plays at Rice, Sunday.

UCF (7-13, 1-5 C-USA): Almost came all the way back from a 10-point deficit, but had a potential game tying bucket tipped away at the buzzer to fall 57-55; plays at East Carolina, Sunday.

Rice (9-11, 1-6 C-USA): Almost overcame a 10-point halftime deficit, but fell 64-60 at Memphis; hosts UAB, Sunday.

Marshall (6-13, 0-6 C-USA): Lost on the road at East Carolina, 54-47; hosts Memphis, Sunday.

SMU (15-4, 6-0 C-USA): Got six points from Keena Mays in the final 1:11 of the game in a 58-54 win over Houston; plays at UTEP, Sunday.

UTEP (17-2, 5-1 C-USA): Held Tulsa to just 35 points in a 50-35 win; hosts league-leading SMU, Sunday.

Tulsa (7-13, 2-5 C-USA): Came up on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair, 50-35; plays at Southern Miss, Sunday.



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