Tigers Take on Tulane for C-USA Lead Thursday in New Orleans
Feb. 17, 2010
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For the third straight time this season, the University of Memphis women's basketball team (15-9, 8-3 C-USA) will play a team sporting the league's longest winning streak. But unlike last weekend, when the Tigers snapped Southern Miss and UCF's three-game winning streaks in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, the Tigers will have to make a run at Tulane's three-game streak while on the road in New Orleans.
The match-up on Thursday night features the two teams currently tied for first in the league standings with 8-3 records. Tulane ranks 27th in the country in win/loss percentage with a 19-5 overall record, and is looking for its 20th victory of the season for the first time since the 2006-07 season, when the Green Wave finished with a 26-7 mark.
The contest also features a handful of the top players in the league in terms of steals per game. In C-USA only stats, Memphis sophomore Ramses Lonlack leads the league 3.8 steals per game. Tulane's senior guard Chassity Brown is right behind Lonlack with 2.6 steals a game, and Tiger senior LaToya Bullard and Tulane junior Roshaunda Barnes are tied for fourth in the league with 2.5 steals a night.
The Green Wave is 10-3 at home so far this season and is 4-2 in Fogelman in C-USA home contests. Senior guard Chassity Brown leads the Green Wave in scoring with 14.0 ppg, adding 68 steals and 62 assists and a team-high 41 three-point field goals made. Senior guard Danielle Nunn is next on the team in scoring with 10.5 ppg, shooting 55.1 percent from the field and leading Tulane with 131 free-throw attempts on the season, hitting 67.9 percent from the stripe once she gets there.
Up front, the Green Wave is led in rebounding by sophomore Brett Benzio. The 6-3 forward averages 7.1 rebounds a game, chipping in 8.1 points. She is one of six Green Wave players to average 8.0 or more points a night, giving Tulane depth from all over the floor.
Since conference play has begun, juniors guard Roshaunda Barnes and Tiffany Aidoo have both stepped up their scoring to average double-digits (12.2 and 11.5 ppg, respectively), and the Green Wave defense has clamped down, holding opponents to 40.6 percent shooting from the floor and 34.3 percent from three-point range.
This will be the third time the Tigers have been in a tie for the league lead and have had to play a road game. Memphis lost at East Carolina as one of the team's in a tie for the league lead, and lost at Houston while tied with the Cougars and SMU for the league lead.
The Series History
Tigers Improve to 15 Wins
Series Sweep of East Division Team for Tigers
The Tigers followed that sweep over Southern Miss with a series sweep over UCF on Sunday, with the 76-72 victory.
Clutch Time = Carter Time
Memphis trailed 78-75 with 46 seconds to play when Carter got the ball at the top of the three-point arc. USM's defense was playing defense tight on the arc to prevent the three, so Carter drove between two defenders at the top of the arc and converted the layup and one to tie the game at 78-78 with 30 seconds to play.
And if Carter isn't Clutch-Enough For You?
The two overtime games in one season marked the first time since the 2007-08 season that Memphis has played two overtime games. The Tigers played both of those games in 2007-08 back-to-back and lost both by a combined five points (99-97 to UA Pine Bluff and 71-68 to Toledo).
Bullard Getting Comfortable at the Point
Lonlack Continues to Make Her Presence Known
McFerrin Wins No. 75
The win over UCF on Sunday also pushed McFerrin's record at Memphis back to an even .500 at 27-27 heading in to a tough road weekend at Tulane and UTEP.
Carter Moves to Sixth in Sophomore Single Season Scoring
The 400 Club?
Sophomore Ramses Lonlack was the first to pass the 400 point mark with her three points against UAB. Brittany Carter and Savannah Ellis both went over the 400 point mark in the win over Southern Miss. Carter now has 441 points and Ellis is at 411.
Senior guard LaToya Bullard is 12 points from 400 for her career, but went over the 200 career assist mark against Houston.
Winchell Knocks Down 100th Career Triple; Rang up 600th Point From Long Distance Versus UCF
Against UCF, Winchell hit back-to-back-to-back three-point field goals to blast past the 600 point mark for her career. She now has 608 points and has connected on 124 three-point field goals in 84 career games played.
Keeping Fans on the Edges of Their Seats
In the last seven single digit games heading in to the Tulane game, the Tigers are 6-1.