Feb. 15, 2012
Memphis at Marshall Notes
Tigers vs. Marshall
The University of Memphis women's basketball team will play two road games this week, starting with a rematch against Marshall, a team that Memphis edged 71-58 back on Jan. 26th. The Tigers needed double-digit points from four of the five starters, with an eight point outing from the fifth starter, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, to weather the 13-player rotation the Thundering Herd used. It took a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds from Jasmine Lee, combined with a 7-for-14 shooting night for 16 points, with eight rebounds, from fellow senior Brittany Carter to get Memphis' 15th win of the season after trailing 37-32 at the half.
The win was the fifth straight for the Tigers in the series with Marshall, improving Memphis' record to 5-10 overall against the Thundering Herd.
Memphis' next win will be the program's 700th win since the 1972-73 season. The next win will also give the Tigers their third straight 20-win season, the first time that has happened at Memphis since the Tigers posted four straight 20-win seasons from 1995-96 season to the 1998-99 seasons. That would be just the third time in Memphis' 40-year history that the Tigers have posted three or more seasons of 20 or more wins.
If Memphis can get to the 700 win mark in either of the two road games this weekend, it will become just the 38th program in NCAA history to pick up 700 program wins.
Memphis is also trying to stay in second place in the C-USA standings with five games remaining. Marshall is trying to move up to one of the top four spots, which receive a first-round bye at the C-USA Championships.
One Away From Back-to-Back-to-Back 20-Win Seasons
Memphis is one win away from back-to-back-to-back 20-win seasons. Memphis has only put together three or more 20-win seasons three times before in the program's 40-year history.
1994-95: 22-8 1980-81: 20-11 1976-77: 27-9
1995-96: 20-11 1981-82: 26-5 1977-78: 29-9
1996-97: 22-7 1982-83: 20-12 1978-79: 26-7
Racking Up Road Wins
Memphis struggled on the road in non-conference play, losing games at Illinois, St. John's and Missouri and picking up just one road win (at UALR). But the road has become more successful since entering Conference USA play. Following Thursday night's win at SMU, Memphis is now 4-1 on the road in league play. Memphis plays three of its last six games on the road this year, including back-to-back road games at Marshall and UCF.
The Tigers tend to compete well on the road since McFerrin took the program over. Memphis is 15-14 in C-USA road games since the 2008-09 season.:
Norris Posts Career-High on Sunday
Freshman Jailyn Norris
posted her first career double-digit scoring night in the win over Houston on Sunday. The Chicago Heights native hit three three-point field goals and finished with 13 points, breaking her career high of nine points set in the win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Norris was also a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.
Lee and Double-Doubles
Senior Jasmine Lee is the lone player in Conference USA averaging a double-double in league-only stats. After a career-high 17 rebounds in the win over Houston, she has upped her stats in overall stats as well, just shy of a double-double in all 24 games with 14.6 points and 9.8 rebounds.
Leaning on the Bench
With injuries in the backcourt, and with the return of Ann Jones, the Tiger bench has seen a lot of playing time in the last three games. Freshman guard Lauren McGraw posted her first career starts against UCF and at SMU, then played a career-high 30 minutes in the win over Houston on Sunday. That's also meant that the Tiger starters have gotten some rest late in the season. Senior guard Brittany Carter was available against Houston, but the Tigers opted to rest her in preparation for two games this week. Starting point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir played a season-low 19 minutes in the win over Houston.
Collier Feeling Helpful
Senior guard Danay Collier returned to the lineup in the road win at SMU. Playing back at home on Sunday against Houston, Collier had a rough shooting day, going 0-for-7. Her drought from three-point range also continued with an 0-for-4 effort (making her 0-for-18 in her last five games, but she made up for it by helping the offense in other ways. She posted a career-high five assists in the win over Houston, playing a season-high 32 minutes and finishing with three steals and three rebounds.
The Tigers rank first in C-USA only stats in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0), steals (13.1) and turnover margin (+5.6). In the individual stats, four different Tigers rank among the top 15 in the league in steals.
Junior Nicole Dickson is also part of the pick-pocket brigade. She is just three steals shy of her 100th career steal heading in to the Marshall match-up.
And the Queen of the Pick-Pockets...
The queen of the pick-pocket brigade is senior guard Ramses Lonlack. With her two steals in the win over Houston, the Cameroon native moved to fourth in the school record book with her 284th career pick, passing Keeta Matthews' mark of 283 from 1992-96. She is seven shy of third place in the record book, where Kitty Allen (1993-97) currently sits.
Lonlack has taken a lot of those steals the other way in transition. She passed the 1,000 career point mark in the loss at UTEP in Memphis' C-USA road opener, and got her 600th career rebound in the win over Houston. She is just 85 rebounds shy of breaking in to the career top 10 in that category as well. She currently ranked 14th in career scoring (1,087), 16th in rebounding (600), fourth in steals (284) and 10th in free-throws made (274).
Lonlack, who finishes her eligibility this season, was Melissa McFerrin's first signee when she took over the Memphis program prior to the 2008-09 season.
Needed Depth in the Paint
With Jasmine Lee routinely facing double and triple teams, the Tigers need to get the hard-workingpost a breather occassionally. That task got easier with the return of freshman center Ann Jones before the Southern Miss game. Jones, who suffered a knee injury just four minutes in to the Tigers' C-USA opener. It took Jones a couple of games to get her rhythym back, but she broke out in the win over Houston, tying career highs with nine points and eight rebounds. She set the eight rebound record in her first collegiate game against Saint Louis, and the nine point game tied the mark she set in the win over UT Martin.
Dickson Extends Double-Digit Streak
Junior forward Nicole Dickson extended her double-digit scoring streak to seven straight games with a 14-point effort in the win over Houston. After scoring just a single point in Memphis' regular season opener, she has score double-digit points in 21 of Memphis' 24 games.
Dickson leads the Tigers with 43 three-point field goals made. She needs seven more triples to move in to the single season top 10. Since Melissa McFerrin took over the Tigers, they have rewritten the single season three-point field goal record book. Former Tiger Alex Winchell knocked down 67 triples last year, 70 the year before and former Tiger Paris Leonard knocked down 59 in McFerrin's first year.
Former Tiger Begins Pro Career
Former Tiger Alex Winchell (2007-2011) left the States on Tuesday to begin her professional playing career. Winchell signed a contract with Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. Winchell is Memphis' all-time career three-point leader with 214 makes, ranked fifth in career assists (384) and first in career games played (128).