Women's Basketball Ready for Rematch at Southern Miss

Feb. 20, 2013

Memphis (14-11, 5-6) vs. Southern Miss (12-12, 4-7 C-USA)
Reed Green Coliseum (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Thurs., February 21, 2013 - 7 pm (CT) 

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The University of Memphis women's basketball team (14-11, 5-6 C-USA) plays three of their final five regular season games on the road, starting at Southern Miss (12-12, 4-7 C-USA), Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Tigers vs. Southern Miss
This is the 56th meeting between Memphis and Southern Miss. The Tigers lead the overall series 31-24, including a 63-57 win over Southern Miss in the Tigers' last game in FedExForum. It was a pair of Tiger freshmen who led Memphis in the win over USM. Ariel Hearn finished with 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting, while Asianna Fuqua-Bey posted her first career double-double, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Memphis led at the half, 37-21, then weathered a Southern Miss comeback to start the second half to hang on for their first C-USA win of the season.

With the Loss to SMU

- Memphis falls into a tie for seventh in the C-USA standings. The Tigers are third out of the three teams they are in a tie for seventh with, so they are in ninth in the seeding process for the C-USA tournament. Memphis is currently tied with UCF, a team that swept the series from the Tigers, and Houston, a team that beat Memphis in the C-USA opener back in January.

- Jamila Ajanaku posted career highs of 11 rebounds and six points in the loss to SMU. The senior transfer is averaging 6.7 rebounds per game in the last three outings.

- Memphis falls to 5-6 in C-USA play, just the second time this season the Tigers have been under .500 in league play.

- Asia Fuqua-Bey just missed tying her career-high on the offensive end, finishing with 13 points, one shy of her career-high of 14 that she set in the Tigers' last meeting with Southern Miss.

- Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir was a perfect 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. She has now hit 22 consecutive free-throws, eying her own school record of 26 that she shares with former Tiger and Mississippi native Devin Necaise.

- Memphis suffered just its second home loss of the season in conference play. The Tigers will have to be road warriors for the remainder of the season, with three of their last five games in C-USA play scheduled away from the Bluff City.

- Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir finished with 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting. That gave her a second consecutive double-digit scoring game and upped her scoring average to 10.2 ppg. The redshirt junior missed seven games (games 5-12 for the Tigers) with a broken right (shooting) hand.

-The Tigers fell to 6-9 when they give their opponents 20 or more attempts from the free-throw line, including a mark of 2-5 in league play. SMU was 20-for-25 from the free-throw line in the win. - Memphis was out-rebounded for a fourth straight game. The Tigers have been out-rebounded by an average 7.8 boards a night over the last four games, a stretch that's seen the Tigers go 1-3.

-Memphis went a second straight game without hitting a three-point field goal. The last Tiger triple came with 2:38 to play in the road loss at UCF on Feb. 10th. Memphis is 0-for-18 from beyond the stripe in the last three games.

- With her three points on 1-for-10 shooting, freshman guard Ariel Hearn was held to single digits in back-to-back games for the first time in her collegiate career. She is 7-for-37 (18.9 percent) from the field in the last three games

Memphis vs. USM -- 

The Last 10 Games

Memphis Leads 7-3

1/10/09 L 74-65 Home
2/28/09 W 77-74 (ot) Away
1/17/10 W 60-57 Away
2/12/10 W 89-85 (OT) Home
1/30/11 W 78-58

Home (FEF)

2/17/11 L 66-51


3/9/11 W 71-63


1/19/12 W 85-44


2/2/12 L 62-54


1/13/13 W 63-57

Home (FEF)

Abdul-Qaadir and Jackson Save Day With "Almost" Career Games
Junior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and freshman guard Jaymie Jackson each finished just one point shy of tying career highs in scoring in the 64-57 win over UAB last Thursday. The almost-career highs helps offset tough shooting nights for the Tigers' leading scorers Nicole Dickson (who finished with 10 points on 2-for-11 shooting) and six points (on 3-for-11 shooting) from Ariel Hearn. That could be a good omen for the Tigers if the Abdul-Qaadir/Jackson duo could develop into consistent third and fourth scoring options. The single digit scoring night was just the sixth of the season for Hearn in 23 games.

Another Big Outing From Jones
After scoring eight points in eight minutes in the win over UAB, sophomore center Ann Jones finished with 10 points in 14 minutes in the loss to SMU. That was the Jackson, Tenn., native's first double-digit scoring night since as 12 point effort in the loss to Prairie View A&M (Nov. 25th) and is her third double-digit scoring effort of the season. Jones' work is also paying off at the free-throw line, where she has hit nine straight free-throws, including back-to-back games with a 4-for-4 performance from the stripe. The Tigers just need to keep the 6-3 Jones out of foul trouble. She had four fouls in 14 minutes on Sunday and had three in eight minutes in the win over UAB on Thursday night. With the ball in her hands, she is a scoring threat, going 5-for-6 from the floor over the last two games.

A Rarity for Fuqua-Bey
Asianna Fuqua-Bey was held without an offensive rebound in the loss to SMU while working against all-conference forward Akil Simpson. That was the first time in league play that the freshman has not gotten an offensive board and her four boards tied for her lowest rebounding total since league play began. But the freshman kept working, shooting 5-for-7 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line to finish with 13 points, her sixth career double-digit scoring night and her second double-digit game in the last three tries. She is 6-for-11 from the field in the last two games.

Dickson in a Drought?
Nicole Dickson may feel like she didn't have a great game against SMU. She was still Memphis' leading scorer with 14 points and was 7-for-13 from the field, but the senior played just 25 minutes, the fewest since the last meeting with Southern Miss when she got into first half foul trouble. With a well-established reputation for scoring, she has drawn a lot of attention and has gone back-to-back games without hitting a three-point field goal for the first time since the first two games of last season, 53 games ago. The senior also had a four turnovers in the SMU loss.

That's Foul
The Tigers are 6-9 when they give their opponents 20 or more attempts from the free-throw line, including a mark of 2-5 in league play.

Dickson Moves to 10th in Career Scoring

Nicole Dickson has moved into the career top 10 at Memphis in scoring with 1,546 career points. That puts her squarely at 10th all-time, but she would have some work to do to move up any higher though. Kitty Allen is in ninth place with 1,823 points, 277 points away from where Dickson now sits.

Dickson Just Misses Third Consecutive Double-Double
Senior forward Nicole Dickson just missed posting a third consecutive double-double in the loss at Marshall, but finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the loss at UCF for her fifth double-double of the season and the 15th of her career. Her 15 career double-doubles ranks her ninth in Memphis history. She would need to get two more double-doubles to move to a tie for sixth in double-doubles, where Ashley Thornton, Diane Gary and Linda Street currently sit with 17 double-doubles.

Memphis 2012-13 Double-Doubles
Nicole Dickson, 30 pts, 13 reb. at UT Arlington, 11/21/12
Nicole Dickson, 10 pts, 10 reb. vs. UALR, 12/7/12
Nicole Dickson, 20 pts, 10 reb. vs. UCF, 1/27/13
Nicole Dickson, 18 pts, 12 reb. vs. Rice, 1/31/13
Nicole Dickson, 19 pts, 10 reb. at UCF, 2/10/13
Asianna Fuqua-Bey, 14 pts, 11 reb., Southern Miss, 1/13/13
Ariel Hearn, 23 pts, 10 reb., Tennessee Tech, 12/31/12
Pa'Sonna Hope, 13 pts, 12 reb., at East Tennessee State, 11/30/12

Keep it Down
The Tigers' goals are obvious. Since league play began, Memphis is 0-5 when giving up 70 or more points and is 3-1 when holding their conference foes in the 50s. Memphis has scored 60 or more points in 10 of 11 league games.

Opponent Check-Up

Grambling State (8-21, 3-11 SWAC): Lost at Jackson State, 71-67; plays at UA Pine Bluff, Saturday .

Middle Tennessee (18-7, 13-3 Sun Belt): Lost at UALR, 51-43; hosts South Alabama, Wednesday.

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Illinois State (17-8, 9-4 Missouri Valley): Won at Evansville, 64-46; plays at Indiana State, Sunday.

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Texas-Arlington (5-19, 3-11 WAC): Lost to visiting Seattle University, 78-64; hosts New Orleans, Wednesday, in non-conference play.

Prairie View A&M

Prairie View A&M (10-14, 7-7 SWAC): Hit a lay up with 28 seconds left to secure a 62-59 win over UA Pine Bluff; plays at Alabama State, Saturday. 

East Tennessee State (7-15, 5-10 A-Sun): Downed visiting Kennesaw State, 69-65; plays at Jacksonville University, Saturday.

UALR (18-7, 11-6 Sun Belt): Came back from a first half deficit to down visiting Middle Tennessee, 51-43; plays at FIU, Thursday.

Illinois (15-9, 8-4 Big 10): Downed visiting Wisconsin, 60-53; plays at Penn State, Wednesday.

Alabama A&M (9-15, 8-6 SWAC): Won second straight game, 64-47; hosts Texas Southern, Saturday.

Saint Louis (10-15, 4-6 Atlantic 10): Edged by visiting Fordham, 61-56; hosts Butler, Wednesday.

Seton Hall (8-17, 3-9 BIG EAST): Lost on the road at USF, 67-56; hosts Providence, Wednesday.

Missouri (15-11, 4-8 SEC): Lost at Arkansas, 61-40; hosts LSU, Thursday.

Tennessee Tech (15-11, 9-4 OVC): Lost at Eastern Kentucky, 61-55; plays at Southeast Missouri State, Monday.

Wright State (10-14, 4-7 Horizon League): Got a double-double from Kim Demmings in a 79-70 loss to Loyola; plays at UIC, Thursday.

Houston (11-13, 5-6 C-USA): Got an offensive stick back with 5.6 seconds left in double overtime to get a win over visiting Tulane, 71-70; plays at UTEP, Thursday.

Southern Miss (12-12, 4-7 C-USA): Lost at East Carolina, 82-60; hosts Memphis, Thursday.

East Carolina (18-6, 8-3 C-USA): Downed visiting Southern Miss, 82-60; plays at Marshall, Thursday.

Tulane (18-6, 7-4 C-USA): Fell at Houston, 71-70, in double overtime after leading by as many as 16 points at halftime; plays at UAB, Thursday.

UAB (15-8, 6-4 C-USA): Downed visiting Marshall, 61-43; hosts Tulane, Thursday.

UCF (11-14, 5-6 C-USA): Won fourth straight game, coming back from 10 down to defeat visiting UTEP, 76-69; plays at Rice, Thursday.

Rice (10-14, 2-9 C-USA): Edged at Tulsa, 49-45; hosts UCF, Thursday.

Marshall (8-16, 2-9 C-USA): Lost at UAB, 61-43; hosts East Carolina, Thursday.

SMU (19-5, 10-1 C-USA): Remains atop the league with a 74-67 win over Memphis; hosts Tulsa, Thursday.

UTEP (18-6, 6-5 C-USA): Lost in overtime at UCF, 76-69; hosts Houston, Thursday.

Tulsa (11-13, 6-5 C-USA): Got 21 points from Taleya Mayberry in a 49-45 win over visiting Rice; plays at SMU, Thursday.



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