Feb. 18, 2012
Memphis at UCF Notes
The University of Memphis women's basketball team tripped up at Marshall Thursday night and have now fallen back within reach of teams trying to rocket ahead of Memphis in to a top four first round bye. One of those teams is UCF, a team that is currently two games behind Memphis in the league standings. The Knights are peaking at the right time, winning three of their last four games, with the lone loss being a 65-57 loss to the Tigers in FedExForum earlier this month.
Memphis, now tied with UAB for second in the league with the Blazers slated to come to town on Thursday night, need to win to stay in the hunt for the No. 2 seed in the C-USA Championships. With still undefeated UTEP just one win away from guaranteeing the No. 1 seed in the tournament at 12-0, Memphis remains half a game ahead of UAB due to the Tigers win at UAB, 70-59. That duo is followed by Tulane, another team that Memphis holds a tiebreaker over with a C-USA opening 61-59 win.
UCF is coming in off a 74-60 win over Southern Miss. The trio of Andrea Hines, Erika Jones and Aisha Patrick combined to wrangle 29 of UCF's 49 rebounds in the win, while Florida State transfer Kayli Keough, a post player who had a strong showing in the first meeting with Memphis, is coming off a 24 points, six rebound effort in the win. Patrick added 18 points, including a 13-for-14 stint at the free-throw line, and Hines dishes out seven assists.
Memphis has been bitten by the injury bug late in the season again, this time, losing senior guard Ramses Lonlack to an ankle injury before the Marshall game. Without Lonlack's energy and defensive pressure, Memphis was pressured into 12 second half turnovers, watching a 30-22 halftime lead evaporate with a 15-2 Marshall run to open the second half. The Tigers also had just limited minutes from Brittany Carter, who finished 1-for-7 from the field for two points, her sixth single digit scoring out in C-USA play this year. Jasmine Lee tried to get the Tigers going, finishing with 21 points and 14 rebounds, but the Tigers went the first 10 minutes of the second half with just two field goals (both from Lee), allowing Marshall to go up by as many as 20 in the loss.
Lee Adds Another Double-Double to the Sheet
Senior forward Jasmine Lee posted her 12th double-double of the year in the loss at Marshall, Thursday night. The senior finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds. The 21 points marked her sixth 20-plus point effort of the season, the fifth against C-USA competition, Thursday night. The 12 double-doubles is the most for a Tiger since Tamika Whitmore had 13 in her senior season in 1998-99.
Lee finished with a career-high 12 defensive rebounds in the loss at Marshall, and also attempted a career-high 16 free-throws (hitting 9).
In her two year career as a Tiger, Lee now has 20 career double-doubles, which ranks her fourth in school history. Lee now averages a double-double for the season (14.8 points, 10.0 rebounds). She is the lone player in C-USA to average a double-double in C-USA only stats as well (15.5 points, 10.9 rebounds).
Regina Street 65
Keeta Matthews 36
Kim Duppins 27
Jasmine Lee 20
Ashley Thornton 17
Diane Gray 17
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
It's an accepted fact that it's hard to win on the road in conference play. Particularly when you start facing opponents for the second time on the season. But since Melissa McFerrin
has come to Memphis, the Tigers' expectations for road games has gone up. In addition to defending their home floor, the Tigers have also tried to sneak some wins off the road.
Holding on to Halftime Leads
The Tigers held Marshall to just eight first half field goals, building a 30-22 lead at the half Thursday night. But four of those first half field goals were from three-point range, allowing Marshall to hang close despite shooting just 21.1 percent from inside the three point line. Once Marshall adjusted to the Tigers' pressure after Royce Chadwick's talk in the locker room, the shoe was on the other foot, as Memphis managed just seven second half field goals, watching as Marshall opened the half on a 15-2 run that erased a Memphis lead in just 2:58 off the clock. Marshall took the lead and never looked back, as Memphis managed just two field goals in the first 9:10 of the second half. Jasmine Lee scored both of those field goals, but by then, the Tigers were down by 12 at 45-33.
The Tigers fell to 16-4 overall and 7-3 in C-USA play when leading at the half. Memphis also lost halftime leads at UTEP (19) and in the home loss to Southern Miss (1). The Tigers have trailed at the half just twice in league play, coming back to get wins over Marshall (the first meeting) and at SMU (13 points).
Needing 60 & Avoiding 60
The Tigers have to keep an eye on the 60-point mark. Memphis is 0-4 when scoring 59 or fewer points. That's an important number to keep an eye on against UCF, who allows opponents to score just 55.9 ppg in league play. The most points UCF has given up this season were 67 in a loss at UTEP.
The Tigers score 65 points in the first meeting with the Knights.
On the reverse side, Memphis needs to keep opponents from reaching the 60-point mark. In the three C-USA games that the opponent has scored 60 or more points, the Tigers are 0-3. Memphis is 9-0 when the opposition scores 59 or fewer points.
<>b>Icy From Beyond the Arc
A three-point field goal in the last minute of the game from Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir prevented the Tigers from going 0-fer from three-point range for the first time this season. But that one three marked a second time in three games that Memphis shot just 11.1 percent from three-point range. In the last six games, the Tigers have shot under 20 percent from beyond the arc, including 1-for-9 shooting performances at SMU and Marshall.
Brittany Carter is making her way back from an ankle injury. After missing the second game against Southern Miss, the senior has been available for limited minutes in the last handful of Memphis games. She finished with a season-low two points in the loss at Marshall. In the three Memphis C-USA losses this season, Carter is averaging 5.0 points and shooting just 18.2 percent.
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).
Eradicating the Injury Bug
Memphis made it through most of the non-conference schedule, but as the season as rolled on, the numbers of games lost to injury have stacked up. Memphis lost freshman center Ann Jones four minutes in to the C-USA opener with a knee injury. She missed the next six games before returning in the loss to Southern Miss. Against Southern Miss, Memphis was also without Brittany Carter, who rolled an ankle in the final 26 seconds of a win at East Carolina the previous Sunday. Carter returned for the UCF game, only to find fellow senior backcourt mate Danay Collier and freshman walk on Alex Prince both out with injuries.
The injury bug claimed another game on Thursday night, as Ramses Lonlack missed the game with an ankle injury.
Saint Louis (9-17 overall, 3-8 Atlantic 10): Downed UMass, 63-59; plays at Dayton, Saturday.
Belmont (10-16, 9-6 A-Sun): Got head coach Brittney Ezell her 100th career coaching win with a 74-69 win over USC Upstate; hosts East Tennessee, Saturday.
Illinois (10-17, 4-10 Big 10): Had five-game winning streak snapped in a 60-53 loss at Minnesota; plays Northwestern, Monday.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-24, 0-13 SWAC): Still winless in 2011-12; hosts Texas Southern, Saturday.
Southeast Louisiana (9-16, 4-8 Southland): Lost 71-69 to Lamar; hosts UT Arlington, Saturday.
UT Arlington (4-18, 3-8 Southland): Lost to Stephen F. Austin, 59-54; plays at Southeastern Louisiana, Saturday.
Tennessee State (8-18, 4-10 Ohio Valley): Lost to Tennessee Tech, 78-66; hosts Jacksonville State, Saturday.
UT Martin (18-8, 12-1 Ohio Valley): Got 65 points from the tandem of Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome in a 91-67 win at Murray; plays at Southeast Missouri, Saturday.
UALR (14-12, 9-4 Sun Belt): Downed FIU, 63-58; plays at Troy, Saturday.
Louisiana Tech (14-11, 7-3 WAC): Came back from a 13-point halftime deficit to win, 73-68, against San Jose State; hosts Hawaii, Saturday.
St. John's (17-8, 9-3 BIG EAST): Kim Barnes Arico became St. Johns' all-time winningest coach with a 61-52 win over No. 17/16 Rutgers on the road; plays at No. 3 UConn Saturday.
Missouri (10-14, 0-13 Big 12): Were in position to upend No. 14 Texas A&M, but fell 56-52; hosts Kansas State, Feb. 25th.
Seton Hall (7-19, 0-12 BIG EAST): Lost 62-47 at Providence; hosts Cincinnati, Saturday.