March 2, 2011
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Winchell Takes Over School Career Mark
With her fifth triple of the night, senior point guard Alex Winchell became Memphis' all-time career three-point field goal leader with 208 triples, surpassing LaTonya Johnson's (1994-98) mark of 207. Winchell now owns the Memphis career marks in career threes attempted and made and is just one assist shy of ranking in the top six in career assists at Memphis (has 359). Winchell ranks in the career top 10 in Conference USA history as well in three-point field goals made. Her fourth triple of the game against UAB also put her over 900 points for her Tiger career. She enters Thursday night's game with 904 points, 96 career steals and 208 three-point field goals made in 123 career outings at point guard.
Abdul-Qaadir Books Another Double Digit Game
An additional challenge for freshman point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir has popped up with the absence of Brittany Carter for the last four games. Melissa McFerrin has challenged the rest of the team to step up its scoring, particularly Abdul-Qaadir, who scored over 3,000 points as a prep player in her native Massachusetts. Qisi responded with an 11 point outing on 5-for-11 shooting in the loss to UAB on Sunday. Over the last two games, she is now averaging 8.5 points and 2.5 rebounds a game.
Lee Finds Herself Back to Drawing Double Teams
Junior post Jasmine Lee got a one-game hiatus from double teams against SMU, and responded with a 25 point, 11 rebound effort in the win over the Mustangs. UAB wasn't going to make the same mistake, and doubled the Memphis posts every chance they had, holding Lee to 2-for-7 shooting from the floor and a conference-season low five points. Lee did have seven rebounds, including four offensive, but could not convert a number of put back attempts, finishing with a 28.6 percent clip from the field, her lowest shooting percentage since the loss to UTEP (23.1).
Jackson Working Her Way to the Line
Sophomore guard Mary Jackson has also been challenged by the Tiger coaching staff to become more of a scorer. That has led her to hit 3-for-7 from the three-point line over the last four games after hitting just two threes in the first 25 games of the season. But with her foot speed, it's really attacking the basket where Jackson is seeing results. In the past four games, she has attempted 4.0 free throws a night while getting fouled while driving the lane. The problem for Jackson has been she hasn't been able to finish a lot of her drives and it shooting just 8-for-16 (50 percent) from the stripe after doing all that work to get there. The free-throw numbers have gone up the last two games though, she was 3-for-4 in the win over SMU and was 4-for-5 in the loss to UAB.
Winchell Logging Miles, Lots of Them
After playing 30 or minutes in just nine of the first 21 games for Memphis, senior point guard Alex Winchell has played 30 or more minutes in seven of the last eight games. The one exception was a 22-minute night against Tulsa. In the last eight games, Winchell is averaging 33.1 minutes a night, most of it with the ball in her hands at the point.
Winchell is making the most of all that time on the floor. For the first time in her four year collegiate career at Memphis, she has scored double-digit games in four straight games. She is now averaging 14.3 ppg over the last 4 games.
Life Without Carter
Memphis might be able to measure the conference schedule using the BC and without BC distinctions. With Brittany Carter, the Tigers were 18-6 and averaged 67.8 points a game while shooting 41.9 percent from the field. Without Carter (or with her in single digit minutes due to injury like she was against UTEP), Memphis is 1-4 and averaging 57.4 ppg and shooting 34.7 percent from the field. Carter has missed four full Conference USA games, enough that she has dropped out of the C-USA individual stat rankings because she has not played the full 75 percent of the league games, meaning she has missed a full quarter of the Tigers' C-USA slate. That number does not include her attempt to play against UTEP, in which she could only play six minutes before it became clear she was too injured to play against the Miners. In terms of minutes, a Memphis player could have played 600 minutes against league foes on the season. Carter has played 260 minutes, just 43.3 percent of the time she could be on the floor for Memphis.
Get on the Glass
Against UAB on Sunday afternoon, Memphis was out-rebounded 20-13 in the second half, erasing a half-time edge. Memphis ended up getting out-rebounded 31-27 on top of UAB shooting 50 percent from the field for the game and 64.7 percent in the second half. The Tigers had two normally good rebounders ending up being a non-factor on the glass. Third-leading rebounder Ramses Lonlack was held without a rebound for the first time this season and just the third time in her career. Lonlack also finished with a single point scored on the second of the game's first free throw attempts. Nicole Dickson, who had seven rebounds in the win over SMU, had just one rebound in the loss to UAB.
Dickson Prepping For Move Into Career Top 10
Sophomore forward Nicole Dickson has played 60 career games at Memphis and has 59 career triples to show for it. That mark puts her just six triples away from the career top 10 at Memphis, where Jessica Hall (2004-05, 2007-08) sits in 10th with 65 career threes over her injury-plagued career.
Dickson made her first start of the season against SMU Thursday night.