Women's Basketball Back on the Road

Feb. 8, 2013

Memphis (13-9, 4-4) at UCF (8-14, 2-6 C-USA)
UCF Arena (Orlando, Fla)
Sun., February 10, 2013 - 2 pm (ET) 

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The University of Memphis women's basketball team (13-9, 4-4 C-USA) enters the second half of Conference USA play with a road trip to UCF (8-14, 2-6 C-USA), Sunday. UCF is looking to sweep the series meetings with the Tigers, while Memphis is trying to remain in fifth place in the league standings, where they are currently knotted with UAB and Southern Miss, two teams they have already beaten once this season.

Tigers vs. UCF
This will be the second go-round on the season between Memphis and UCF and the Tigers are looking to return a favor after losing to the visiting Knights, 70-65, back in January. That UCF victory gave the Knights the overall series lead, 9-8 and snapped a two-game Memphis winning streak. Memphis won the game in Orlando last year, 61-54, behind 16 points and eight rebounds from Brittany Carter, as UCF used its pressure defense in the final six minutes of the game to go on a 17-8 run over the final 6:49 of the game, but could not close any closer.

About UCF
The Knights love to pressure the ballhandlers. In the first meeting, guard Genevenia Carter forced three steals and forced the Tigers point guards into five turnovers, helping slow down the Memphis offense.

And when the Tigers were getting a shot off, it was being cleaned up by Erika Jones, who posted a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds, including 11 off Memphis misses to power UCF to the 70-65 win that snapped a four-game UCF skid. UCF out-rebounded Memphis 46-34. That 12 rebound deficit was and remains the biggest rebounding deficit of the season for the Tigers. Since that win in Memphis, the Knights lost two straight, losing by two to visiting Tulane, 57-55, and falling at East Carolina, 59-48, before picking up a televised win over Marshall, 67-52, on Thursday night. Erica Jones almost added another double-double in that win, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds, while freshman guard Briahanna Jackson led the team with 18 points. Fellow guard Gevenia Carter added 12 points and Sara Djassi added 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting off the bench to help UCF snap the two-game skid.

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


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


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


1/20/11 W 74-53 Home
3/3/11 L 70-52 Away
3/11/11 L 81-63


2/4/12 W 65-57

Home (FEF)

2/19/12 W 61-54 Away
1/27/13 L 70-65 Home

Now Starting....

With freshman guard Ariel Hearn not starting in the loss at Marshall, no Tiger will have played and started in every game on the season for Memphis. The team has used a number of different lineups to try to find consistent chemistry and defensive effort. In all, the Tigers have used 10 different starting lineups already this season. The changing lineups have been necessitated by losing starting guard Mooriah Rowser to a season-ending knee injury in their third game of the year, losing starting point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir one game later to a broken hand, using three different players at the starting five position to find some post consistency, the return of Abdul-Qaadir from injury and disciplinary actions in the loss at Marshall to go with the normal injury and illnesses that start to nag teams at this point in the season.

Dickson Just Misses Third Consecutive Double-Double
Senior forward Nicole Dickson just missed posting a third consecutive double-double in the loss at Marshall last Sunday. The senior scored 22 points on 9-for-18 shooting from the field, and finished with nine rebounds. She also posted one block to move into the career top 10 at Memphis in blocked shots. She is now tied with 54 blocks for her career. She is tied with Linda Street, Raven Rogers and former teammate Taylor Mumphrey for ninth all-time at Memphis.

Dickson Approaching 11th All-Time in Scoring
With her 22 point night at Marshall, Nicole Dickson now has 1,503 points at Memphis, just seven shy of moving into a tie for 11th in the school record books where Wanda Dillard's (1981-84) mark currently sits. Dickson was Melissa McFerrin's second high school signee and is the first Tiger under McFerrin to break into the top 12 in scoring. Former teammate Brittany Carter and Dickson are the first two McFerrin recruited and coached players to rank in the top 13 in scoring at Memphis. Paris Leonard was coached in her senior season by McFerrin, which would give the coach three of the top 15 scorers in school history in her fifth season at Memphis.

End of the First Half of Conference Play
At the end of the first half of the conference slat, the Tigers are tied with Southern Miss for sixth in the league (although the Tigers currently hold the head-to-head tie break with USM). Memphis has now seen every team from the Eastern Division of Conference USA and a trio of teams from the West (Houston, Tulane & Rice). Since Melissa McFerrin has come to Memphis, the Tigers are a combined 18-15 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 4-4

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 3-1 when holding their conference foes in the 50s. Memphis has scored between 60-66 points in six of eight league games.

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 717 rebounds ranks eighth in program history and she is 29 shy of moving up to seventh all-time, where Lynn Enzweiler's mark (1974-76) sits with 746 boards.

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 eight games (the win over Southern Miss).

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 312 points this season, which ties Tamika Whitmore for eighth all-time for any Memphis freshman in school history. Who did she pass at 302 points for 10th all-time? Nicole Dickson.

Hearn's 88 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 13 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 eight conference games remaining.

Opponent Check-Up

Grambling State (8-18, 3-8 SWAC): Defeated Alcorn State, 57-46; hosts Prairie View A&M, Saturday.

Middle Tennessee (18-5, 13-1 Sun Belt): Won 12th straight game, 93-49, over Arkansas State; hosts Troy, Sunday.

Illinois State (13-8, 5-4 Missouri Valley): Hit midway of conference slate in a 91-76 loss at Missouri State; hosts Drake, Friday. 

Texas-Arlington (4-17, 2-9 WAC): Won on the road at Texas State in overtime, 73-72; plays at UT San Antonio, Saturday.

Prairie View A&M (8-12, 5-5 SWAC): Lost to visiting Texas Southern, 51-46; plays at Grambling, Saturday. 

East Tennessee State (6-12, 4-7 A-Sun): Had two-game winning streak snapped in a 77-76 loss to Northern Kentucky on a shot with three seconds left in the game; plays at Stetson, Saturday.

UALR (16-7, 9-6 Sun Belt): Held on for a 69-62 road win at UL Monroe; plays Arkansas State on Wednesday.

Illinois (13-9, 6-4 Big 10): Fell just short on the road, 72-69, at Michigan; hosts Minnesota, Sunday.

Alabama A&M (7-14, 6-5 SWAC): Snapped four game losing streak with a 59-48 win over UAPB; plays at Alabama State, Saturday.

Saint Louis (10-12, 4-3 Atlantic 10): Downed UMass, 59-50; play at Temple, Sunday.

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

Missouri (15-8, 4-5 SEC): Upended No. 9/10 Tennessee, 80-63; hosts Mississippi State, Sunday.

Tennessee Tech (13-10, 7-3 Ohio Valley): Weathered an overtime session in a 71-68 win over Tennessee State; hosts Jacksonville State, Saturday.

Wright State (10-12, 4-5 Horizon League): Lost at Cleveland State, 68-63, after leading by as many as 19 in the first half; plays at Detroit, Wednesday .

Houston (9-12, 3-5 C-USA): Lost to East Carolina 68-59; plays at Rice, Sunday.

Southern Miss (12-9, 4-4 C-USA): Had its two-game winning streak snapped in a 78-56 loss to Tulsa; plays at UTEP, Sunday.

East Carolina (17-5, 7-2 C-USA): Won at Houston, 68-59; takes six-game winning streak to UAB, Sunday.

Tulane (17-4, 6-2 C-USA): Downed visiting UTEP, 56-49; plays at Tulsa, Sunday.

UAB (13-8, 4-4 C-USA): Took C-USA leading SMU into triple overtime before falling on the road, 94-92; hosts East Carolina, Sunday.

UCF (8-14, 2-6 C-USA): Downed visiting Marshall, 67-52; hosts Memphis, Sunday.

Rice (10-11, 2-6 C-USA): Snapped a five-game losing streak with a 61-53 win over UAB; hosts Houston, Sunday.

Marshall (7-14, 1-7 C-USA): Lost at UCF, 67-52; plays at league-leading SMU, Sunday.

SMU (17-4, 8-0 C-USA): Fought off UAB in triple overtime, 94-92; hosts Marshall, Sunday.

UTEP (17-4, 5-3 C-USA): Lost at Tulane, 56-49; hosts Southern Miss, Sunday.

Tulsa (8-13, 3-5 C-USA): Improved to 3-5 in league play with a 78-56 win at Southern Miss; hosts Tulane, Sunday.



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