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Feb. 27, 2013

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Memphis (16-11, 7-6) at Tulsa (11-15, 6-7 C-USA)
Reynolds Center (Tulsa, Okla.)
Thurs., February 28, 2013 - 7 pm (CT) 

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Tigers vs. Tulsa

This is the 10th meeting between Memphis and Tulsa. The Tigers lead the overall series 6-3, including a four-game winning streak against the Golden Hurricane heading in to Thursday night's match-up. Memphis is 2-1 in games played in Tulsa. Three of the last four meetings with Tulsa have been decided by a combined 12 points, including a 66-64 Tiger win on their home floor last season.

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The Series

Memphis Leads 6-3

3/18/04 W 66-64 Home
1/15/06 L 93-40 Away
1/7/07 L 87-71 Home
2/17/08 W 72-49


3/6/08 L 85-63


2/15/09 W 65-60


1/7/10 W 77-72


2/8/11 W 74-58


2/26/12 W 66-64


In the Win Over UTEP
- Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir made her first six free throw attempts in the win over UTEP, pushing her consecutive made free throw streak to 31. She then missed her seventh attempt before hitting her eighth to start her next streak. The 31 made free-throws broke her own school record of 26 straight that she set last season and shared with former Tiger Devin Necaise. She leads Conference USA with her 89.5 percent clip from the line. She is not ranked in the C-USA overall stats because she missed seven games this season with a broken right (shooting) hand, suffered at the end of Memphis' win at Texas-Arlington.

- Nicole Dickson posted 22 points in the win at Southern Miss and 27 in the win over UTEP. That marked the fourth time this season she has posted back-to-back 20-plus point games. She scored 20 points in the first half of the win over UTEP.

- Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir scored a career-best 19 points in the win over UTEP. She was an efficient 5-for-8 from the floor, 2-for-2 from three-point range and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. She also added a team-best five assists against just two turnovers and led all players with three steals.

- After going two straight games without a three-point field goal made, the Tigers hit six in the win at Southern Miss and connected on a season-high 10 triples in the win over UTEP. - Memphis was out-rebounded by its opponent for the fifth time in the last six games, finishing with 36 rebounds to UTEP's 39. Memphis has out-rebounded just three opponents in Conference USA play (UAB, Rice and Southern Miss).

- Memphis moved into a tie for fourth in the C-USA standings with UTEP and UAB. Memphis swept the regular season meetings with UAB, 2-0, and now has the head-to-head advantage against UTEP. The Tigers' next game is another landmine though, Tulsa is just one game behind the Tigers, and a Golden Hurricane win would give them the tiebreaker over Memphis.

- Memphis has been getting big games from its post players off the bench as of late. Pa'Sonna Hope had 11 points and seven rebounds in the win at Southern Miss, and followed that up with a career-best 13 rebounds in the win over UTEP.

- Memphis got a pair of Tigers back in the win over UTEP. Jaymie Jackson briefly returned after missing two games with a leg injury suffered late in the loss to SMU on Feb. 17th. Ann Jones also returned for a short stint after missing the trip to Southern Miss due to a family emergency. Jones battled foul trouble though, picking up four fouls in four minutes of play.

- 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 Carter scored 654 from 2009-10; Dickson's 504 points this year, and Lee's 501 points last season.

Dickson and Hearn Sweep C-USA Honors for a Third Time
Nicole Dickson and Ariel Hearn swept the Conference USA weekly honors for a third time this season. Dickson earned her fourth C-USA Player of the Week award for averaging a double-double of 24.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in a pair of wins while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three-point range. She had a season-best 16 rebounds in the overtime win at Southern Miss, and scored 20 first half points in the win over UTEP.

Hearn earned her third C-USA Freshman of the Week honor after averaging 16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. She also shot 50 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from three-point range.

This is the third time this season that the duo has won both awards in the same week. They also won both awards on Dec. 31st and Jan. 7th. Dickson additionally won the player of the week award on November 19th.

Dickson becomes the first player in school history to earn a C-USA Player of the Week Award for a fourth time. Tamika Whitmore won the award three times in 1997-98 and 1998-99, but never won it four times.

Hearn becomes the first Tiger freshman to earn the freshman of the week honor three times. Ann Jones won it twice last season and Nicole Dickson won it once in her freshman campaign.

Hearn Looking for 100
Freshman guard Ariel Hearn started her college career with 12 assists in the first game of the season and hasn't looked back. She heads into the game at Tulsa with 97 assists, trying to become just the second Memphis freshman to ever have 100 assists in a single season. The last time a Tiger freshman dished out a 100 assists? 1983-84 when Ruth Ann Forsythe had 101 assists.

McGraw Just Misses Career Mark
Sophomore guard Lauren McGraw finished the UTEP game with nine points on 2-for-4 shooting from the field and 4-for-6 shooting from the free-throw line. The extra points out there cost her a chance to set a career high in scoring, missing her mark of 11 points set in the win at Saint Louis. McGraw was one of four Tigers to hit a three-point field goal on Sunday, knocking down her first make since the loss at UCF back on Feb. 10th. Her first half three was one of a season-best 10 triples on the year for Memphis. The sophomore was unselfish with the ball though, finishing with a season-best four assists against just one turnover. In the last five games, she has nine assists against six turnovers and is 9-for-16 from the free-throw line (56.3 percent).

Abdul-Qaadir Passes Two Benchmarks
Junior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir passed a pair of benchmarks in the win over UTEP. Her career-best 19 points pushed her over 600 for her collegiate career at Memphis and her five assists gave her 200 career helpers. She also set a season and career-best, scoring double-digit points for a fourth straight game. That marks the first time in 85 career games that the Springfield, Mass., native has scored double-digit points in four straight games.

Hope Pushes Double-Double Mark in 2-0 Week
Junior center Pa'Sonna Hope came off the bench and gave Memphis some big minutes in the post in the two wins last week. She averaged 9.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game last week and was 8-for-13 from the field (61.5 percent). She battled foul trouble against UTEP, finishing with four fouls, but played over 20 minutes for a second straight game. Her only rough spot on the week was at the free-throw line, where she was 3-for-7 (42.9 percent). Her eight defensive rebounds against UTEP were a Tiger career-best and her five offensive boards tied her career-best mark.

Dickson Ties Ellis' Block Mark
Senior Nicole Dickson had four blocks last week, two in each win. That gave the senior 26 blocks for the season, tying Savannah Ellis for fourth in the Tigers' senior single season record book. For her Memphis career, Dickson has 59 career blocks, which ranks the player more known for her scoring in the league, for sixth all-time in the Memphis record book.

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 1,595 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, 228 points away from where Dickson now sits.

Keep it Down
The Tigers' goals are obvious. Since league play began, Memphis is 1-5 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 12 of 13 league games.

Opponent Check-Up

Grambling State (6-22, 4-12 SWAC): Lost at Mississippi Valley State, 84-64; hosts Alabama A&M, Thursday.

Middle Tennessee (20-7, 15-3 Sun Belt): Won on their Senior Day, 74-53, over UL Monroe; plays at Troy, Thursday.

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Illinois State (18-8, 10-4 Missouri Valley): Won fifth straight game, 63-54, over Indiana State; hosts Wichita State, Thursday.

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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 (12-14, 9-7 SWAC): Improved to 9-7 in SWAC play with a 54-39 win at Alabama A&M; hosts Alcorn State, Thursday. 

East Tennessee State (8-16, 6-11 A-Sun): Held off North Florida, 65-60; hosts USC Upstate, Saturday.

UALR (20-7, 12-6 Sun Belt): Put another 20-win season in the books with a 60-43 win at Florida Atlantic; hosts ULLafayette, Thursday.

Illinois (16-10, 9-5 Big 10): Secured their first winning Big 10- record in 10 years with a 73-60 win over Indiana; hosts Ohio State, Thursday.

Alabama A&M (9-17, 8-8 SWAC): Dropped its home finale, 54-39; plays at Grambling State, Thursday.

Saint Louis (11-16, 5-7 Atlantic 10): Won at Rhode Island, 67-48; hosts Dayton, Thursday.

Seton Hall (9-18, 4-10 BIG EAST): Lost at No. 3 Connecticut, 90-30; plays at No. 12/11 Louisville, Wednesday.

Missouri (15-13, 4-10 SEC): Lost at Auburn, 67-59; plays at South Carolina, Thursday.

Tennessee Tech (16-11, 10-4 OVC): won at Southeast Missouri, 64-51, to remain in the hunt for the OVC's top seed; hosts Eastern Kentucky, Thursday.

Wright State (10-16, 4-9 Horizon League): Lost to Milwaukee, 74-61; plays at Valparaiso, Thursday.

Houston (12-14, 6-7 C-USA): Upset visiting SMU, 65-58; plays at UCF, Thursday.

Southern Miss (12-14, 4-9 C-USA): Fell short of visiting UAB, 55-50; plays at Marshall, Thursday.

East Carolina (19-7, 9-4 C-USA): Shot 46.7 percent in the second half in a 56-41 win at UCF; hosts UAB, Thursday.

Tulane (18-6, 9-4 C-USA): Downed visiting Tulsa, 74-59; plays at SMU, Thursday.

UAB (16-10, 7-6 C-USA): Won at Southern Miss, 55-50; plays at East Carolina, Thursday.

UCF (11-16, 5-8 C-USA): Lost to visiting East Carolina, 56-41; hosts Houston, Thursday.

Rice (12-14, 4-9 C-USA): Came back from 15 down to win in overtime, 71-64, over Marshall; plays at UTEP, Thursday.

Marshall (9-17, 3-10 C-USA): Lost a 15-point lead on the road at Rice, and fell 71-64 in overtime; hosts Southern Miss, Thursday.

SMU (20-6, 11-2 C-USA): Lost at Houston, 65-58; hosts Tulane, Thursday.

UTEP (19-7, 7-6 C-USA): Came back from 25 down to make things tight at the wire, but fell 77-71 to Memphis; hosts Rice, Thursday.

Tulsa (11-15, 6-7 C-USA): Lost at Tulane, 74-59; hosts Memphis, Thursday



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