@MemphisWBKB Squaring Off At Cincinnati Wednesday Night
Feb. 11, 2014
WHERE TO SEE/HEAR IT:
Radio: WUMR, 91.7 FM; www.GoTigersGo.com/All-Access
First Meeting With Cincinnati on Deck
With just six regular season games left on the conference slate, it may seem odd to be playing a conference opponent for the first time, but that's the case with Wednesday night's meeting with Cincinnati for the Tigers. The two teams have not met since Jan. 30, 2005 when both teams were members of Conference USA.
This is the 44th meeting between the two teams. Memphis leads the overall series 30-13, but Cincinnati won the last meeting with Memphis, 58-56, in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
The Tigers are 10-7 all-time in Cincinnati.
Memphis has scored 60 or more points on one of those defenses listed above just four times, and just once in a win (a 74-73 overtime win over Rutgers).
Looking to snap streak
Getting on the Glass
The last time Memphis out-rebounded an opponent was on the road at UCF, where a +3 rebounding margin helped Memphis to a 36-point win.
Hearn Puts up Another 20-Point Effort
That 20-point night was her ninth this season, but her first since Jan. 11th (at UCF). That was also her 20th game in double-digits for the Tigers this year.
For her Memphis career, she has scored 20 or more points 13 times.
She comes in to Wednesday night's game at Cincinnati with 859 career points (41 shy of 900) in 56 career games (53 starts).
Hearn is scoring a bunch of her points this year from beyond the three-point line compared to last season. Last year, the freshman was running the point and scored most of her points on the drive and at the free-throw line. This year, she is spotting up from beyond the arc more often, scoring 33.8 percent of her made field goals from beyond the arc.
She is just two triples shy of moving into the single season top 10 (she has 50 this year) and already ranks ninth in career three-point field goals made with 77.
Wilder-Cochran Looking for a Pair of Hearn's Freshman Records
Melissa McFerrin has a true freshman running the point for a second straight season. Last year, Ariel Hearn was pressed in to duty when Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir broke her hand. Hearn ended up finishing with 109 assists, a new Memphis freshman record, and also set a new freshman record for single season free-throws made (109).
Wilder-Cochran is on pace to potentially rewrite both of those records. The Hoover, Ala., native has 98 assists and has made 85 free-throws with six regular season games remaining.
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.
Wilder-Cochran has 98 assists against 84 turnovers.
Williams Posts Another Double-Digit Game
Over one third (36.7 %) of her made buckets in her freshman campaign have come from beyond the arc. She is 18-for-60 (30.0 %) and has attempted 39.7 percent (60 of her 151 shots) from three-point range.
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 43 straight games.
She has been the leading rebounder for Memphis in five of the last nine games, including two of the last three games.
She has 350 career rebounds (6.3/game) and already has two more rebounds this year (176) than she had all of last season (174). Almost 60 percent (59.7) of her career rebounds have come off the defensive glass.
Rowser Back to the Starting Lineup
But the Maryland native had a tough shooting night in Philly, going 2-for-11 from the field and 0-for-3 from three-point range and finishing with four points, her lowest-offensive output since a two-point game against Houston.
So far this season, she has scored 206 points (8.6 ppg), ranking second on the team in scoring.
The Tigers' highest-scoring post is sophomore Asia Fuqua-Bey, with 8.0 ppg, then senior Pa'Sonna Hope and her 7.3 ppg.
Memphis is trying to get Hope comfortable coming off the bench and avoiding foul troubles. But after scoring double-digit points in four straight games (UConn, at SMU, at UCF and vs. Rutgers), the senior has gone scoreless twice (missing most of the Houston game due to illness) and averaging 2.3 ppg over the last six games.
Hope's points decrease is mirrored by her teammates. Memphis has given up more points in the paint that they have scored in six straight games.
Searching for a Starting Lineup
Hearn, Rowser, Mack, Fuqua-Bey, Hope 6-3
Wilder-Cochran, Hearn, Rowser, Fuqua-Bey, Hope 1-3
Wilder-Cochran, Hearn, Williams, Fuqua-Bey, Hope 3-4
Hearn, Rowser, Mack, Williams, Fuqua-Bey 1-0
Wilder-Cochran, Hearn, Mack, Williams, Fuqua-Bey 0-1
Wilder-Cochran, Hearn, Swain, Williams, Fuqua-Bey 0-1
Wilder-Cochran, Hearn, Rowser, Williams, Fuqua-Bey 0-1
Hearn Looking for 100th Career Pick