Feb. 25, 2012
Memphis v Tulsa Notes 2_26_12
Marketing & Promotions: Pack the Fieldhouse -- Admission is just $1.00 for everybody...pack the fieldhouse.
Senior & Alumnae Day: Pre game festivities honoring the senior class of Brittany Carter, Danay Collier, Kiana James, Jasmine Lee and Ramses Lonlack. Halftime festivities honoring all of our former Memphis women's basketball players.
Sunday afternoon will mark the final regular season home game of the season for the Tigers and the team will honor a five-member senior class that has helped Memphis to three consecutive 20 win seasons. The C-USA clash with Tulsa will begin at 2 p.m. with the Senior Day Festivities taking place before the tip-off.
The Tigers will be facing a Tulsa team that is revitalized under new head coach Matilda Mossman. After the Golden Hurricane won just one league game last year and five games during the entire season in 2010-11, Mossman has come on board and guided Tulsa to a 12-13 overall record and a 7-7 mark in league play. The Golden Hurricane still have a shot at a first round bye as one of the top four finishers in the league. Winners of three of their last five games, including a road win at current fourth-seed Tulane on Thursday night, Tulsa relies on pressure to get out in transition and take advantage of talents of junior Taleya Mayberry. Mayberry is dangerous in the open court, finding open teammates to the tune of 82 assists already this year. She also leads the team in scoring with 14.2 ppg. Mayberry is also one of the league's best free-throw shooters at 76.8 percent, so the Tigers will have to avoid the fouls she will invariably earn driving to the rim. On the other wing, sophomore guard Taylor Hooker is also averaging double-digits (11.4 ppg) and ranks 28th in the country in steals per game with 3.0 a night. Inside, it is junior Tiffani Couisnard's show. The 6-1 forward leads Tulsa with 8.1 rebounds a night and has 20 blocks in 25 games this season.
Memphis, on the other hand, is hoping to send out its senior class with a win, something Memphis has not yet done under Melissa McFerrin. The Tigers suffered losses to Marshall, East Carolina, and last year, UAB, on previous senior days, and the class of 2012 will want to change that history. The five-player class consists of 1,000 point scorers Brittany Carter and Ramses Lonlack, post Jasmine Lee, who is averaging a double-double, multi-faceted guard Danay Collier and forward Kiana James, who came to Memphis from Southwest Tennessee Community College prior to last season.
The Tigers are looking for C-USA win No. 12, which would make them the first Tiger team since the 1998-1999 squad to win more than 11 games in league play. That squad went to the WNIT Final Four.
History With Tulsa
This is the ninth meeting between Memphis and Tulsa, and eight of those meetings have occurred in Conference USA play. The Tigers lead the overall series 5-3 and have won three straight. Two of the three of those victories were decided by a combined 12 points.
Last year, Memphis won 74-58 in a rescheduled road game at Tulsa after the initial meeting was snowed out. That win was career win No. 100 for Tiger head coach Melissa McFerrin. Heading in to Sunday's game, McFerrin is looking for career win No. 125.
13 Within Reach???
With 11 league wins heading in to Sunday's match-up with Tulsa, the Tigers have passed the 11 win mark in C-USA play for just the fourth time in school history. If Memphis could somehow win out the regular season, they would tie the 1997-98 team for the most C-USA wins in program history (13). But first up, a Tulsa team who is still very much in the hunt for a top four seed at the Conference USA championships set to tip up in Memphis in less than two weeks.
Some Senior Moments
Memphis has a sketchy history on Senior Night. Three years ago in Melissa McFerrin's first season, Marshall extended its series dominance at that point with a 70-61 win over the Tigers and the class of 2009. Two years ago, Kim Gay of East Carolina drilled a three point field goal at the buzzer in overtime to hand the class of 2010 a loss. Last year, Memphis struggled to score against UAB, falling 59-45 and sending the class of 2011 off with a loss.
The upside for this year's senior class? Even though this is Memphis' final regular season game in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, the Tigers will have at least one more home game as the University of Memphis is hosting the Conference USA Championships Mar. 7-10th. Memphis received a first round bye following Thursday night's win, so the Tigers will just watch on the opening day of the tournament in the Fieldhouse, but the team will step back onto the floor for the quarterfinals on Thursday, Mar. 8th at 1:30 p.m.
Almost a 20-20 Game
Nicole Dickson almost made some pretty impressive history on Thursday night. The junior finished with 19 points and 19 rebounds, and it would have been just the fourth time in school history a player went for 20-20. She came up just short, but her 19 rebounds still tied as the eighth-most in single game history at Memphis.
A Duo of Double-Doubles
Nicole Dickson and Jasmine Lee each put a double-double in the books in the win over UAB on Thursday night. Dickson finished with 19 points and 19 rebounds, while Lee finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds. It was Lee's seventh 20-plus point game of the season and her 13th double-double of the season (her seventh against C-USA opponents). Memphis has had five games now this season where two players have posted a double-double:
vs. Belmont -- Jasmine Lee (19 pts, 12 rebs), Nicole Dickson (10 pts, 10 rebs)
at Illinois -- Jasmine Lee (13 pts, 12 rebs.), Nicole Dickson (10 pts, 11 rebs..)
vs. UT Martin -- Jasmine Lee (18 pts, 10 rebs.), Nicole Dickson (11 pts, 10 rebs.)
at Missouri -- Jasmine Lee (10 pts, 12 rebs.), Brittany Carter (14 pts, 10 rebs.)
vs. UAB -- Jasmine Lee (20 pts, 13 rebs.), Nicole Dickson (19 pts, 19 rebs.)
Lonlack and Dickson Feeling Helpful
Both senior guard Ramses Lonlack and junior forward Nicole Dickson finished with a career-high six assists in the win over UAB on Thursday. Dickson now ranks in a tie for 12th in C-USA only stats with 2.9 assists per game from her forward spot. Teammate Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir ranks 11th.
Locking Up No. 2
The Tigers had their first chance to lock up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Conference USA Championships on Thursday night against UAB and immediately locked it up. Memphis jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the game and never looked back. The No. 2 seed is the highest Tiger seed since Memphis was the top seed in the 1998 C-USA championships played in Louisville, Ky. This is also Memphis' first first round bye since the 2010 season, when the No. 4 seeded Tigers got upset by No. 5 seed East Carolina in the quarterfinals in the game at Tulsa.
Memphis' seed in C-USA tournament:
2011 -- No. 6 2006 -- No. 12 2001 -- No. 6
2010 -- No. 4 2005 -- No. 9 2000 -- No. 3
2009 -- No. 10 2004 -- No. 6 1999 -- No. 5
2008 -- No. 7 2003 -- No. 8 1998 -- No. 1
2007 -- No. 12 2002 -- No. 10 1997 -- No. 1
1996 -- No. 3
C-USA Championships Taking Shape
The final bracket won't be released until next week, but some of the seeds are starting to fall in to place. UTEP has outright won the regular season and the No. 1 seed with two regular season games remaining, Memphis will be the No. 2 and Houston will hold the No. 12 seed. Individual game day tickets will go on sale Monday, February 27th at www.gotigersgo.com. Tickets for the women's tournament are just $10 per day and can be purchased at the door the day of the game. Fans who also have tickets for the men's Conference USA championships, also being held in Memphis, will also be good for admission in to the women's game.
Lee Making Bid for Post Season Honors
Jasmine Lee was a pre-season all-conference honoree when the season began, and should be on coaches' minds to get a vote come post-season honoree voting time. The senior is one of just two players in the conference averaging a double-double (15.1 pts, 11.0 rebs). She has posted 13 double-doubles on the season, seven against C-USA opponents, and has scored 20 or more points seven times, six times against league opponents. She is shooting 52.3 percent from the floor and leads Conference USA with 4.1 offensive rebounds per game and ranks third with 5.9 defensive boards a night. Lee has been Memphis' leading scorer in 10 games, eight of them in C-USA play, and has been the Tigers' leading rebounder 16 times.
Lee did a good job of putting a difficult week behind her. While Memphis was traveling back and forth to Marshall and UCF, Lee was traveling even more often, bouncing between Memphis and her hometown of Bessemer, Alabama, and joining the team for games around a family funeral. All the travel took a toll, but the senior responded in a big way Thursday night, finishing with 20 points and 13 rebounds in the win over UAB.
Lonlack Returns to Form
Senior guard Ramses Lonlack missed the loss at Marshall with an ankle injury, then was available for just limited minutes in the win at UCF. The senior seemed to be back to form on Thursday night. The senior drew the defensive assignment on Blazer guard Amber Jones, who averages 11.9 ppg and ranks 13th in the league in scoring. Jones had Lonlack all over her on Thursday night, and the quick lefty guard struggled from the field, shooting 3-for-12. Jones did get a jump on Lonlack to start the second half though, as the senior drew her second and third fouls in a minute into the beginning of the half, but the Tigers held on for the victory and Lonlack finished with 13 points, three rebounds, a career-high six assists and a steal in 31 minutes of play.
Dickson Doing Damage
Teams probably spent the pre-season worrying about the Tiger tandem of Brittany Carter and Jasmine Lee. That's just fine with junior forward Nicole Dickson. Dickson ranks second on the squad in C-USA only games in scoring (13.4 ppg) and rebounds (8.4 rpg) and leads Memphis with 26 three-point field goals made this season. After posting a school-record seven consecutive double-doubles in non-conference play, she put her first double-double in conference play into the stat sheet on Thursday night in a big way, finishing with 19 points and 19 rebounds. She is also a sneaky passer and has 40 assists in league play, one behind starting point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir. Dickson is one of just two Tigers to have started every game this season (Abdul-Qaadir is the other) and is marching toward her 1,000th career point in her third season as a Tiger. Dickson was a member of the C-USA All-Freshman team two years ago, and could find her way on to some coaches' ballots this season.
Dickson Approaching 1,000 Points; Trying to Become Third 1,000 Scorer on Roster
Junior forward Nicole Dickson is just 18 points shy of joining teammates Brittany Carter and Ramses Lonlack in the 1,000 point club at Memphis. She is trying to become the 22nd player in Memphis history to hit the 1,000 point mark. She is already in the career record books in three-point shots. Her 106 triples makes her just the sixth player in Tiger history to have 100 or more threes made.
The only time a Memphis team has sported three 1,000 point scorers on the same roster was the 1995-96 season (LaTonya Johnson, Keeta Matthews, Kitty Allen).
Starting Line-up Changes
Memphis went through the first 19 games of the regular season with the senior-heavy starting lineup of Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, Brittany Carter, Ramses Lonlack, Nicole Dickson and Jasmine Lee. Then the injury bug bit and since then, the Tigers have used six different line-ups in the next seven games. The only constants in those six different lineups have been sophomore point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and junior forward Nicole Dickson.
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.
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 11-0 when the opposition scores 59 or fewer points following Thursday night's 71-56 win over UAB.
Senior forward Jasmine Lee posted her 13th double-double of the year against UAB. That 13th double-double is the most for a Tiger since Tamika Whitmore had 13 in her senior season in 1998-99.
In her two year career as a Tiger, Lee now has 21 career double-doubles, which ranks her fourth in school history. Lee now averages a double-double for the season (14.7 points, 10.1 rebounds).
Regina Street 65
Keeta Matthews 36
Kim Duppins 27
Jasmine Lee 21
Third Straight 20-Win Season
The UCF victory was also Memphis' 20th win this season. Memphis has put together three or more 20-win seasons three times before in the program's 40-year history.
2011-12: 20-6 1994-95: 22-8 1980-81: 20-11 1976-77: 27-9
2010-11: 20-13 1995-96: 20-11 1981-82: 26-5 1977-78: 29-9
2009-10: 20-14 1996-97: 22-7 1982-83: 20-12 1978-79: 26-7
This season marks the first time since the 1996-97 season that the Tigers are hitting the 20-win mark in the regular season and not in the conference or some other post season tournament. In all, this is Memphis' 19th 20-win season in history.
Memphis became the 38th program in NCAA history to pick up its 700th program victory with the 61-54 win at UCF on Sunday. Memphis is now 701-509 since the women's basketball program returned as a varsity sport prior to the 1972-1973 season.
oad Wins in League Play & The 10 C-USA Wins Mark
Memphis will finish this season with a winning record in Conference USA road games for the first time under Melissa McFerrin. Memphis has just one road game remaining (at Rice) and sports a 5-2 record in conference road games so far this season with wins at Southern Miss, at UAB, at East Carolina, at SMU and at UCF.
Memphis sports a 10-3 record in C-USA play, marking the second time in McFerrin's four-year tenure at Memphis that the Tigers have gotten double-digit league victories. It's just the seventh time since Memphis left the Great Midwest Conference to help form Conference USA that Memphis has put 10 league records in the books.
Road Wins C-USA 10-Win Seasons
2008-09 4-4 2011-12
2009-10 4-4 2009-10
2010-11 3-5 1999-2000
2011-12 5-2 1998-99
Front Line of Dickson and Lee Push Past 500 Rebound Mark
Junior forward Nicole Dickson and senior Jasmine Lee passed benchmark point totals in the win over Tulane, and are both now eyeing the 500 rebound mark. Only 19 other players in Memphis history have had over 500 career rebounds, including teammate Ramses Lonlack (607).
1. Linda Street 1,452
2. Regina Street 1,277
3. Tamika Whitmore 952
4. Keeta Matthews 926
5. Kim Duppins 881
6. Ashley Thornton 713
7. LaTonya Johnson 686
8. Melissa Abraham 685
9. Savannah Ellis 670
Diane Gray 670
11. Heather Newlon 646
12. Raven Rogers 624
13. Wanda Dillard 611
14. Ramses Lonlack 607
15. Shannon Hamp 567
16. Kitty Allen 559
17. Michelle Winrow 548
18. Vera Webb 547
19. Jasmine Lee 543
20. LaShanya Garner 524
21. Nicole Dickson 521
Memphis went 3-2 in series sweeps against East Division foes this season. Memphis swept the regular season meetings with both East Carolinam, UCF and UAB. The Tigers split the series with Southern Miss and Marshall.
Sophomore point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir already has her hands full as the Tigers' primary ball handler. But with Brittany Carter and Ramses Lonlack both missing starts due to injuries, the staff has added another layer to Abdul-Qaadir's responsibilities -- scorer. After scoring double-digits just twice in 19 games, she has scored double-digit points in five of the last seven Tiger games. Her scoring average was 6.4 ppg before the injury to Carter. Since then, she has averaged 10.6 ppg in the next seven games.
Saint Louis (10-18 overall, 4-9 Atlantic 10): Clinched a spot in the Atlantic 10 tournament with a last second winner in overtime, 70-69, over Charlotte; plays at Fordham, Sunday.
Belmont (12-16, 11-6 A-Sun): Won 58-53 at Kennesaw State; wraps up regular season at Mercer, Saturday.
Illinois (11-17, 5-10 Big 10): Closed out home regular season with a 69-57 win over Northwestern; plays at Wisconsin Sunday.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-25, 1-15 SWAC): Followed first win of the season with a 72-52 loss to Prairie View A&M; plays at Jackson State, Saturday.
Southeast Louisiana (10-16, 5-8 Southland): Lost 67-63 at Texas State, but still in eighth and final Southland Conference tourney spot; hosts Central Arkansas, Saturday.
UT Arlington (5-20, 3-10 Southland): Lost home finale, 70-50, to McNeese State; plays at Northwestern State, Saturday.
Tennessee State (9-19, 5-11 Ohio Valley): Lost regular season finale, 87-83, to Murray State; Ohio Valley Conference tournament starts Wednesday.
UT Martin (20-8, 14-1 Ohio Valley): Clinched Ohio Valley regular season championship with a 86-62 win over Austin Peay; closes out regular season at Jacksonville State, Saturday.
UALR (16-12, 11-4 Sun Belt): Clinched at least a share of the Sun Belt West Division Crown with a 52-39 win over North Texas; hosts Arkansas State, Saturday.
Louisiana Tech (14-12, 7-4 WAC): Swept by Hawaii, 61-49; hosts New Mexico State, Saturday.
No. 20/25 St. John's (19-8, 11-3 BIG EAST): Won sixth straight game with a 63-54 win over West Virginia; hosts Villanova, Saturday, in home finale.
Missouri (11-15, 1-14 Big 12): Lost at Iowa State, 66-59 in overtime; hosts Kansas State, Saturday.
Seton Hall (7-21, 0-14 BIG EAST): Lost at No. 24 Rutgers, 62-39; plays at Pitt, Saturday.