Women's Basketball Making Run at First Round Bye Sunday

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Feb. 23, 2013

Memphis (15-11, 6-6) vs. UTEP (19-6, 7-5 C-USA)
FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.)
Sun., February 24, 2013 - 2 pm (CT) 

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The University of Memphis women's basketball team (15-11, 6-6 C-USA) controls its own destiny. The Tigers currently are tied for fifth in the C-USA standings with four regular season games remaining and host fourth-place UTEP (19-6, 7-5 C-USA), Sunday, at 2 p.m. at FedExForum. The top four seeds in the regular season standings get a first round bye in the C-USA Championships in three weeks.

Tigers vs. UTEP
This is the ninth meeting between Memphis and UTEP. The Miners lead the overall series, 6-2, including two straight wins in the series. UTEP won the last meeting the two teams played in Memphis 60-55, then came back from a double digit halftime deficit to win 66-60 last season in a game played in El Paso.

The Sunday game will be big in determining who has a shot at fourth place in the C-USA standings. UTEP is currently fourth at 7-5 in league play, holding on to the final first round bye for the C-USA Championships with four regular season games remaining. Memphis is a game behind at 6-6, but a win over UTEP would pull the two teams into a tie break, and the winner of the game will have the deciding game in a head-to-head match up since the two teams face one another just once each season.

Memphis vs. UTEP -- 

The Series

UTEP Leads 6-2

2/6/06 W 71-66 Home
2/10/07 L 80-58 Away
3/1/07 L 84-75 Neutral
1/20/08 L 75-62


1/29/09 L 73-53


2/20/10 W 59-57


1/13/11 L 60-55


1/8/12 L 66-60


With the Win At Southern Miss
- Memphis jumped from ninth to a tie for fifth in the C-USA standings. The Tigers are currently tied for fifth with UAB and Tulsa. Memphis owns the series tie break with UAB with the series sweep over the Blazers. Neither team has faced Tulsa yet. Memphis plays at Tulsa on Thursday and UAB hosts Tulsa on the following Sunday. Memphis plays two of its final four games of the regular season at home, but still has to go play at East Carolina, who is currently tied for second in the league standings.

- Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir was a perfect 3-for-3 from the free-throw line for a second straight game. She has now hit 25 consecutive free-throws, eying her own school record of 26 that she shares with former Tiger Devin Necaise.

- Memphis had two players finish with 20 or more points for just the second time this season. The first was the first game of the year when Nicole Dickson and freshman guard Mooriah Rowser each scored 20 points in the season opener against Grambling State. Dickson was involved in this 20-plus point twosome again on Thursday night, only this time, with freshman guard Ariel Hearn. Both Dickson and Hearn scored 22 points in the overtime win at Southern Miss.

- Memphis swept a second C-USA East Division sweep with the overtime win at Southern Miss. Memphis has swept East Division foes UAB and Southern Miss and was swept by UCF. Memphis leads the series with ECU 1-0 with a road contest on the slate at Greenville, and trails 0-1 in the series with Marshall. The Thundering Herd will be Memphis' final regular season home opponent on Mar. 7th.

- Memphis, who had been out-rebounded in four straight games, out-rebounded USM by 25 in the win. The Tigers finished with 24 offensive rebounds, sticking them back for 23 second chance points.

- The Tigers, who had gone two straight games without a three-point field goal made, converted six in the win at USM, including one in overtime from Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir that gave the Tigers their first lead in overtime. Ariel Hearnfinished with a career-best three triples in the win.

- Nicole Dickson, who already ranks seventh in career rebounding at Memphis with 751 boards, posted a season-high 16 rebounds in the win at Southern Miss. Point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadiradded a career-high seven rebounds, helping get the Tigers out in transition off the defensive board.

- With her 22 point game, Nicole Dickson went over the 500-point mark for the season. She becomes the first Tiger to score 500 or more points in a single season since Jasmine Lee finished with 501 points last season. Since Melissa McFerrin has taken over at Memphis, just three Tigers have scored 500 or points in a single season: Brittany Carterscored 654 from 2009-10; Dickson's 504 points this year, and Lee's 501 points last season.

Hearn Ties Another Dickson Freshman Mark
Ariel Hearn has been reworking some of the freshman marks Nicole Dickson set in her freshman year, a season in which Dickson was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team. Hearn had already passed Dickson's scoring mark from her freshman season, and with the 40 minutes she played on Thursday night, tied Dickson for fourth all-time in the freshman record book for minutes played. Hearn has played 832 minutes already this season with four regular season and at least one conference tournament game remaining. She is just 166 minutes shy of playing more minutes in a season than any freshman in school history. The current freshman single season minutes played mark is held by Ramses Lonlack, who was the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year last year and was a three-time All-C-USA Defensive team honoree. Lonlack graduated with the career record for minutes and games played last season.

Hope Goes For Double-Digits
Junior center Pa'Sonna Hopecame off the bench and gave Memphis some big minutes in the post. She played 21 minutes and was 5-for-7 from the field, finishing with 11 points and seven rebounds in the win. The 11 points was the most for Hope since scoring double-digit points in three straight games in November and December (11/25, 11/30, 12/7). She posted a career-best 14 points in the loss to Sun Belt West Division-leading UALR back on Dec. 7th. The 21 minutes played was the most for Hope since the loss at Tulane back in Memphis' fourth C-USA game of the season. The seven rebounds is the most for the Ole Miss transfer since eight in the first meeting with Southern Miss.

Abdul-Qaadir Shoots Her Way Through Rough Night
Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir'sshooting numbers from the win at Southern Miss weren't what she wanted (she shot 25 percent from the field -- 3-for-12), but Abdul-Qaadir was 2-for-3, including a 1-for-1 mark from three-point range and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line to help Memphis out-score USM 14-8 in the extra five minute period. Abdul-Qaadir scored seven of her 10 points in overtime. She has scored double-digit points in three straight games, tying her longest consecutive double-digit point games mark of the season.

Abdul-Qaadir is just 18 points shy of the 600 point scoring plateau and is four assists shy of her 200th career assist.

Ajanaku Stepping Up on the Glass
In her post-game radio show, Melissa McFerrin said Jamila Ajanakuhad come to her and said she had decided that she was going to make rebounding a bigger part of her role on the team. The senior, who transferred from Middle Tennessee this summer, where she played her first three collegiate seasons, is averaging 3.4 rebounds per game on the season, but is averaging 7.0 rebounds per game over the last four games.

Hearn Passes Another Fellow Memphian's Mark
Freshman guard Ariel Hearn finished with 22 points, all but two of those in the second half and overtime periods, in the win at Southern Miss. That was her first 20-plus point outing in C-USA play, but was her third 20-plus point game of the season. She finished just one point shy of tying her career high of 23 points, set in the win over Tennessee Tech, and tied her 22 point mark set in the road win at Seton Hall. With the 22 points, Hearn now has 354 points for her career, ranking sixth all-time among Tiger freshmen. She passed former Tiger Paris Leonard'smark (2005-06) of 354 points. Leonard, like Hearn, was a Memphis prep product. Leonard graduated from Wooddale HS, while Hearn graduated from Arlington HS. Hearn now ranks tied for fourth among Tiger freshmen in minutes played (832), third in free-throws made (90), third in free-throw attempts (128), fourth in assists (95) and sixth in points (354).

Another Big Outing From Jones
After scoring eight points in eight minutes in the win over UAB, sophomore center Ann Jonesfinished 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.

Jones missed the game at Southern Miss due to a family illness. She is just five points shy of her 200th career point at Memphis coming in to Sunday's match-up against UTEP.

Dickson Posts Sixth Double-Double of the Season
The Tiger coaching staff asked the team to focus on rebounding in the game against Southern Miss, and senior co-captain Nicole Dickson led the way, posting a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. That was Dickson's sixth double-digit rebounding effort of the season an her sixth double-double this year. She now has 16 career double-doubles, ninth in school history, and needs one more 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 double-doubles in 2012-13
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
Nicole Dickson, 22 pts, 16 reb. at Southern Miss, 2/21/13
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

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 (6-19, 3-11 WAC): Downed New Orleans in non-conference play, 82-57; plays at San Jose State, Thursday.

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 (19-7, 12-6 Sun Belt): Won on the road at FIU, 51-47; plays Florida Atlantic, Saturday.

Illinois (15-10, 8-5 Big 10): Lost at No. 7 Penn State, 95-62; hosts Indiana, Saturday.

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

Saint Louis (10-16, 4-7 Atlantic 10): Lost to visiting Butler, 67-62; plays at Rhode Island, Sunday.

Seton Hall (9-17, 4-9 BIG EAST): Downed visiting Providence, 72-56; plays at No. 3 Connecticut, Saturday.

Missouri (16-11, 5-8 SEC): Lost in overtime to LSU 78-74; plays at Auburn, Sunday.

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

Wright State (10-15, 4-8 Horizon League): Led by 17, but fell in overtime at UIC, 81-78; hosts Milwaukee, Saturday.

Houston (11-14, 5-7 C-USA): Lost at UTEP, 73-55; hosts SMU, Sunday.

Southern Miss (12-13, 4-8 C-USA): Lost in overtime to Memphis, 80-74; hosts UAB, Sunday.

East Carolina (18-7, 8-4 C-USA): Lost at Marshall, 72-60; plays at UCF, Sunday.

Tulane (17-6, 8-4 C-USA): Downed visiting UAB, 57-52; hosts Tulsa, Sunday.

UAB (15-10, 6-6 C-USA): Lost to Tulane, 57-52; plays at Southern Miss, Sunday.

UCF (11-15, 5-7 C-USA): Lost at Rice, 66-49; hosts East Carolina, Sunday.

Rice (11-14, 3-9 C-USA): Downed UCF 66-49; hosts Marshall, Sunday.

Marshall (9-16, 3-9 C-USA): Won third straight road game, 72-60, over ECU; plays at Rice, Saturday.

SMU (20-5, 11-1 C-USA): Got Rhonda Rompola her 400th career win in a 69-60 win over Tulsa; plays at Houston Sunday.

UTEP (19-6, 7-5 C-USA): Downed Houston 73-55; plays at Memphis Sunday.

Tulsa (11-14, 6-6 C-USA): Fell short at SMU, 69-60; plays at Tulane, Sunday.



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