Feb. 7, 2011
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Another Winter Weather Match-Up With Tulsa
The Tigers opened Conference USA play against Tulsa in the 2009-2010 season and the city of Memphis had a winter weather issue the day of the C-USA match-up. We have had Part II of that match-up this year. The original game on Thursday was postponed as winter hit Oklahoma last week with a lot of snow and blowing drifts across roadways. Monday as the Tigers were leaving Memphis to fly to Tulsa, it snowed in Memphis.
Tulsa is looking to snap a four-game losing streak and a 61-48 loss to UCF on Sunday afternoon.
Memphis is looking to stretch its three-game winning streak. After hitting a snag in the schedule following losses to UTEP, UAB and Houston, Memphis had dropped three of four games. The Tigers have bounced back with back-to-back wins at Marshall, vs. Southern Miss and vs. East Carolina and have pulled themselves back up in to a tie for second in the league standings one game past the mid-way point of the C-USA slate.
Super Sophs at Play
Two of the five honorees from last season's C-USA All-Freshman team will be on the court Tuesday night. Memphis will have forward Nicole Dickson and her 9.7 points per game coming off the bench, while Tulsa is led in scoring by its sophomore, Taleya Mayberry, and her 15.6 ppg. Both are scoring threats from anywhere on the floor. Dickson has hit 25 three-point field goals and is coming off a 20-point outing in the win over Southern Miss and a 13-point game against East Carolina, while Mayberry has connected on 27 triples and has taken 251 of Tulsa's 1069 shots from the floor (23.5 percent). The speedy point guard also ranks eighth in the country in steals with 3.3 a game.
Carter Rolling Toward 1,000
After she scored 32 points against East Carolina on Sunday, it's easy to see how junior guard Brittany Carter is now just 24 points away from 1,000 for her Tiger career, despite being in just her second season. The Covington, Georgia, native put her fourth 30-plus point game of her career in the books in the win over East Carolina on Sunday, and her 32 points was the second-highest single game point total of her career (her highest was a 49 point game vs. Sacramento State last year). The 32 points was the first 30-plus point game of the season for any Conference USA player against a league foe and puts Carter at 976 points heading in to Tuesday night's match-up with Tulsa.
Lee Doubling Up
Junior post Jasmine Lee put her 14th double digit scoring game of the season in the books on Sunday afternoon, finishing with 14 points in the win over East Carolina. Lee has now scored double-digits in four straight games, averaging 16.3 ppg in that stretch. She is also shooting 63.3 percent from the floor in the last four outings. She is just 21 points from her 300th career point in a Memphis uniform.
Winchell Quarterbacking Offense
Senior point guard Alex Winchell is averaging 10.5 assists per game over 3.0 turnovers a game in the last two contests. After a career-best 14-assist game against Southern Miss, Winchell handed out seven assists against just two turnovers in 35 minutes of play in the win over East Carolina Sunday afternoon. The seven assists on Sunday gave her 102 for the season, her first 100-assist season of her Tiger career. She now has 337 career assists, which just moved her to eighth on the career list, one ahead of Tiffany Collins (1997-2001). She needs 12 more assists to move to seventh all-time, where former Tiger Connie Hibbler (1984-88) now sits.
On defense, Winchell is also enjoying a career year. Her 31 steals so far this season tied her single season best from last year and give her 88 steals for her career.
In addition to running the offense, she remains one of the team's three-point threats, needing just 12 more triples to become just the second Tiger in school history to hit 200 career threes (LaTonya Johnson holds the current school record of 207).
Carter Books Another 30 Plus Point Game
Brittany Carter scored 32 points in the win over East Carolina on Sunday. That was her fourth career 30-plus point game and the first of this season. It also marked the first time this season that a player has scored 30 or more points in a Conference USA contest.
30-Plus Point Games
49 vs. Sacramento State (11/27/09)
32 vs. East Carolina (2/6/11)
31 at Appalachian State (3/28/10)
30 at Missouri (11/18/09)
McFerrin One Win From 50, And 100
Heading in to Tuesday night's game, Tiger head coach Melissa McFerrin is just one win away from a couple of benchmarks. She is one win away from her 100th career coaching victory and that same victory will also be her 50th win as the leader of the Memphis program. With 17 regular season wins in the book already this year with seven regular season games remaining, McFerrin is trying to get Memphis to 20 wins again after Memphis finished 20-14 last season. Memphis hasn't posted back-to-back 20-win seasons since the 1997-98 (22-8) and 1998-99 (22-10) seasons. Those two seasons were the last two years of a five-year stretch that saw the Tigers post 20-wins five straight times.
Dickson Passes 500 Point Plateau
Sophomore forward Nicole Dickson continues to make a push for C-USA Sixth Player of the Year honors. She is Memphis' fourth-leading scorer with 9.7 ppg, but has had double-digits in three of the last five games, including 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting on Sunday against East Carolina. Those 13 points pushed her past the 500 point mark for her Tiger career, giving her 505 points heading in to the game at Tulsa on Tuesday. The Greeneville, Tenn., native has now connected on 48 career threes, and is 17 shy of breaking in to the career top 10 at Memphis despite playing in just her second season at Memphis.
Points Off the Pine
The Tiger bench stepped it up in the win over ECU on Sunday. Memphis is 15-2 on the season and 5-2 in C-USA play when the Memphis bench out-scores the opponent's bench. The Tigers are just 2-4 and 1-1 in C-USA play when the Memphis bench is out-scored by the opponent's bench.
Defensive Pressure Starts With Lonlack
Junior guard Ramses Lonlack led Conference USA last season with 96 steals and was named to the C-USA All-Defensive Team. She is slowly creeping back toward the conference lead in steals again (third with 59 total steals on the season). Lonlack tied a season high with six steals in the win at Marshall, giving her 215 swipes for her Tiger career. She had three steals in the win over ECU, which gives her 220 for her career, moving her to sixth in the Memphis record book. She'll need some time to move in to the Tiger career top five. The next benchmark in career steals is 281, set by Kim Duppins from 1978-82, 61 away from where Lonlack is now.