Tigers to Wrap Up Home Schedule Against ECU at FedExForum at 1 p.m. Saturday
Feb. 26, 2010
The University of Memphis (17-10, 10-4 C-USA) women's basketball team will wrap up its 2009-2010 regular season home schedule Saturday afternoon with a live televised contest against East Carolina (18-9, 7-7 C-USA) at FedExForum at 1 p.m.
Memphis is looking to avoid being swept by the Pirates, who downed the Tigers 76-59 in Greenville earlier this season. East Carolina is looking to right the ship, having lost five of the last six games, including a 65-57 loss at UAB Thursday night.
The Pirates possess the league's best offense, averaging 70.7 ppg and shooting 45.5 percent from the field. ECU loves to shoot it from beyond the arc, where the Pirates shoot 38.0 percent. Junior guard Allison Spivey leads ECU with 53 made three point field goals, while teammate Kelly Smith, a transfer from West Virginia, has added 47 triples this season.
Running the ECU offense is sophomore guard Ashley Clarke, who leads the team in scoring with 12.0 ppg, adding 5.3 rebounds a game (second on the team) and dishing out 145 assists in the first 27 ECU games (5.4 apg) against 130 turnovers in her first full season at the point for ECU.
Memphis is hoping to have a deeper bench than the Tigers had on Thursday night, when just seven Tigers were available for the game against Marshall. But in order to get the win, the Tigers got the balance that they would need to avoid the sweep against ECU, with four players scoring double-digits points while all five starters played over 31 minutes in the game.
But the zone that the Tigers played Thursday night will not work against an ECU team that possesses multiple three-point shooters, so Memphis will have to concentrate on taking care of the ball and hitting the glass as ECU out-rebounds its opposition 40.1-34.7 and has forced 484 turnovers (17.9/game).
Sophomore guard Brittany Carter posted her third double-double of the season in the last game, adding a career-high four assists to a 17-point game and 10 -rebound effort, while Ramses Lonlack added 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Alex Winchell handled the point and still managed to score 14 points, handing out three assists against just one turnover. Freshman Nicole Dickson also scored double-digit points in her fourth career start, scoring 11 points with four rebounds in 31 minutes.
The Series History
Four Games, Four Different Starting Lineups
Short Bench Pushes Memphis to First Round Bye
Winchell Moves to Sixth in Career Threes
Winchell's 54 triples so far this year is already the sixth-best single season mark in Tiger history. The record of 64 threes in a season is currently shared by LaTonya Johnson (1995-96) and Devin Necaise (2006-07).
Looking for No. 500
Also Looking for No. 500
Carter in the Clutch
Carter's Conversions 2/20/10 at UTEP W, 59-57 layup with :26 left in game 2/12/10 vs. USM W, 89-85 (ot) layup and free throw w/ :30 left in regulation 1/28/10 at Marshall W, 57-50 scored 10 of Memphis' last 12 points in the final 5:24 of the game 1/15/10 at UCF W, 49-47 jumper with :07 left in game 11/18/09 at Missouri W, 73-72 jumper with :13 left in gameBeen Awhile Since Our Wins Column Has Been This Full
Memphis' win over Marshall gave the Tigers their 17th victory of the season, the most season victories since the 2003-04 season when the Tigers were 21-10. Memphis has not won 10 or more C-USA games since the 1999-2000 season, when the Tigers were 11-5.
Three Sweeps in the East; .500 Against the West
Ellis A Scoring Threat
On the defensive end, the Tiger has also made her second appearance in the single season blocks category. After posting 37 blocks (T-8th) last season, Ellis' 33 blocks this year is already tied with Jamie Bradley's (2005-06) mark for 10th.
Lonlack Gets Defensive
Lonlack is working toward the Memphis career top 10 as well. She currently has 139 steals,40 shy of breaking in to the career top 10 following just 57 career games. Lonlack has been a starter in 53 of the 57 games the Tigers have played since she joined the team prior to the 2008-09 season.