Women's Basketball Wraps Home Stand Thursday Night

March 6, 2013

Memphis (16-13, 7-8) vs Marshall(9-19, 3-12)
Elma Roane Fieldhouse (Memphis, Tenn.)
Thurs., March 7, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. 

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And it comes down to one -- one home game remaining for the University of Memphis women's basketball team (16-13, 7-8 C-USA).

The Tigers will host Marshall (9-19, 3-12 C-USA) in the final regular season contest for both teams at 7 p.m. at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Pregame ceremonies will be conducted in honor of seniors Jamila Ajanaku and Nicole Dickson, who will wrap up their Tiger careers at home on Thursday night.

Tigers vs. Marshall
This is the 18th meeting between Memphis and Marshall. The Thundering Herd leads the all-time series, 12-5, including a two-game winning streak over Memphis. Both of those wins have come in Huntington, W. Va., a place where Memphis sports a 2-6 overall record.

Memphis is 3-4 against Marshall in games played in Memphis, but that includes a three-game home winning streak.

This will be the Thundering Herd's first visit to Memphis under new coach Matt Daniel, a name possibly familiar to Mid-Southerners as he coached at Central Arkansas from 2009-2012, where he was a two-time Southland Conference Coach of the Year and guided the Sugar Bears to three straight 21-win seasons and two postseason tournament berths. Daniel, a graduate of Harding University, also has made career coaching stops at Missouri, Colorado and at Texas-Arlington.

About Marshall
Marshall gained its new head coach on May 29th of 2012, so the team has spent a big part of the season getting familiar with a new head coach who didn't recruit them to Huntington.

Going from the offensive system run by Royce Chadwick to Daniel's more open offense was an early season challenge for the Thundering Herd, but the team is finding a green light from three-point range opens things up around the floor.

The Thundering Herd put it all together in their first meeting with the Tigers, when they connected on 10 three-point field goals and held on for a 55-54 victory over Memphis that snapped an eight-game Marshall losing streak. That win was the first of three-straight in the Cam Henderson Center for the Thundering Herd, a winning streak snapped by Southern Miss last Thursday. That loss was the center part of a three-game losing streak that Marshall is carrying into Thursday night's regular season finale.

Shay Weaver led Marshall with 12 points, all from three-point range, in the first meeting with Memphis, while five other members of the Thundering Herd connected from three-point range in the win. Weaver leads Marshall in scoring with 9.3 ppg, and has 66 triples on the season, ranking 78th in the country.

As a team, Marshall ranks 73rd in the country with 5.9 field goals a game from three-point range, and uses discipline on defense to keep their opponents off the free-throw line. Marshall ranks 27th in the country in fouls per game (13.6), giving their opponents just 14 tries a game from the stripe.

Memphis vs. Marshall -- 

The Series 

Marshall Leads 12-5

1/6/06 L 65-52 Home
2/12/06 L 74-54 Away
3/2/06 L 80-63


1/18/07 L 69-50 Home
2/1/07 L 79-57 Away
1/10/08 L 61-47 Home
2/21/08 L 83-73 Away
1/24/09 L 72-57 Away
2/22/09 L 70-61 Home
3/5/09 L 76-57 Neutral
1/28/10 W 57-50 Away
2/25/10 W 63-53 Home
1/6/11 W 74-54 Home (FedExForum)
1/27/11 W 69-44


1/26/12 W 71-58 Home
2/16/12 L 65-54 Away
2/3/13 L 55-54 Away

In the Loss at East Carolina
- Ariel Hearn had just one assist, but it was her 100th of the season, making her the first Memphis freshman since 1982-83 to hand out 100 or more assists in a season. She also becomes the fourth consecutive Memphis guard to hit the 100 assist mark in a season (2009-10: LaToya Bullard; 2010-11: Alex Winchell; 2011-12 Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir; and 2012-13 Ariel Hearn).

- Memphis scored just five first half field goals; the 17 first half points scored for Memphis in the first half was the lowest of the season for the Tigers.

- The Tigers were out-rebounded 45-39 in the game; that was the sixth time in eight games Memphis has been out-rebounded against a C-USA foe.

- Freshman forward Asianna Fuqua-Bey was 6-for-10 from the free throw line, giving her 90 free throw attempts on the season. The 90 tries from the line puts her among the top 10 in the freshman single season record book. Fellow freshman Ariel Hearn is second with 134 tries from the line, and Fuqua-Bey's 90 attempts ties her for ninth. She needs nine more made free throws to break into the freshman top 10 at Memphis (currently at 48).

- Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir had her double-digit scoring streak snapped at five games. The five-game streak is the longest of her career, but she was just 2-for-11 from the floor (18.2 percent) in the loss on Sunday. She also had a season-high seven turnovers, which puts her upside down with 53 assists against 65 turnovers on the season.

- Jamila Ajanaku made her sixth start of the season in place of Ariel Hearn. With Thursday night's game against Marshall being the Tigers' Senior Night, Ajanaku will likely make her seventh career start Thursday night. Ajanaku is just nine rebounds away from 100 for the season.

- After going 8-for-13 from the field in the wins over Southern Miss and UTEP, junior post Pa'Sonna Hope has gone 0-for-2 from the field in the games last week at Tulsa and ECU. She did not attempt a shot at ECU, just the second time this season she has been held without an attempt from the field.

- Asianna Fuqua-Bey posted her seventh double-digit scoring game of the season, finishing with 12 points on 3-for-6 shooting from the floor and 6-for-10 shooting from the free throw line. - Jaymie Jackson returned to the lineup in the win over UTEP. In the next two games, she has worked her way to the free throw line, where she has gone 4-for-6 over the last two games.

- Nicole Dickson scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half; giving her 13 straight games with double digit points. She has scored double-digit points in every C-USA game except the one televised game against Southern Miss in which she was in first half foul trouble, and scored back-to-back 20 point games the previous week. She just missed a third 20 point game in the last four games, finishing with 19 points on 8-for-22 shooting in the loss at ECU.

- Memphis was held under 60 points for the first time since the loss at Marshall back on Feb. 3rd and for just the second time this Conference USA season.

Conference USA Standings A Tangle From Fifth to Ninth
The folks at Conference USA will have a busy night on Friday. The top four teams in the league standings receive a first round bye for the Conference USA Championships that begin Wednesday in Tulsa. Right now, UAB holds the fourth seed with an 8-7 mark in league play. The Blazers host UCF Thursday, and a Blazer win means they clinch the No. 4 seed, and the final first round bye, in the draw. A UCF win makes things interesting, with as many as five different teams capable of being knotted at 8-8 in the league standings. The Tigers only way to get into that mix is to win tonight's game against Marshall. Four of the teams in that possible tie are playing one another tonight (or in the case of Tulane at UTEP, Friday night). No one will know for sure who they play until late Friday night, after Tulane tips off at UTEP at 8 p.m. CT.

Hearn Caps Century Mark
Freshman guard Ariel Hearn had just one assist in the loss at East Carolina on Sunday, but it was enough to get her to the 100 assist mark for the season. She is just the second Tiger freshman in school history to make it to the 100 assist mark. Ruth Ann Forsythe was the last Tiger freshman to hit the triple digit assist mark, posting 101 assists during the 1983-84 season.

Dickson Moves to 10th in Career Scoring
Nicole Dickson has moved into the career top 10 at Memphis in scoring with 1,625 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, 198 points away from where Dickson now sits.

Opponent Check-Up

Grambling State (8-22, 6-12 SWAC): Ended their regular season on a two-game winning streak with a 68-64 win over Alabama State; plays at the SWAC tournament starting March 14th.


Middle Tennessee (22-7, 17-3 Sun Belt): Closed regular season with a 71-54 win at Western Kentucky; plays winner of FAU/UL Monroe, Saturday in Sun Belt tournament.

Illinois State

Illinois State (20-8, 12-4 Missouri Valley): Won seventh straight game, 81-60, over Missouri State; plays at Bradley; Thursday.

UTA Mavs

Texas-Arlington (6-21, 3-13 WAC): Lost at Utah State, 81-57; hosts Denver, Thursday.

Prairie View A&M

Prairie View A&M (14-14, 11-7 SWAC): Closed season on a five-game winning streak with a 59-42 win over Southern; is the No. 4 seed in the SWAC tournament that starts, Tuesday. 

East Tennessee State (8-17, 6-12 A-Sun): Fell to visiting USC Upstate, 60-56; plays Stetson in the A-Sun Quarterfinals, Wednesday.

UALR (22-7, 14-6 Sun Belt): Won sixth-straight Sun Belt West title with a 58-50 win over Arkansas State; plays Saturday against winner of South Alabama/Troy game in Sun Belt tourney.

Illinois (16-12, 9-10 Big 10): Lost at No. 25 Purdue, 76-65; is No. 6 seed in Big 10 tourney; faces Wisconsin, Thursday.

Alabama A&M (9-19, 8-10 SWAC): Lost at Jackson State, 52-45; plays at SWAC tournament, starting Tuesday.

Saint Louis (11-18, 5-9 Atlantic 10): Lost at George Washington, 68-55; plays Butler in the Atlantic 10 tournament, Friday.

Seton Hall (10-19, 5-11 BIG EAST): Upended St. John's 60-51; plays Cincinnati in BIG EAST tournament, Friday.

Missouri (17-13, 6-10 SEC): Won at Alabama, 88-64; will face Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament, Thursday.

Tennessee Tech (18-11, 12-4 OVC): Top seed in the East Division of the OVC with a 73-53 win over Morehead State; plays in OVC semifinals, Friday.

Wright State (11-17, 5-10 Horizon League): Lost at Youngstown State, 64-54; hosts Cleveland State, Thursday.

Houston (13-15, 7-8 C-USA): Downed Rice, 69-59;plays at Tulsa, Thursday.

Southern Miss (13-15, 5-10 C-USA): Lost at Tulane, 80-69; hosts East Carolina, Thursday.

East Carolina (21-7, 11-4 C-USA): Beat Memphis 69-52; plays at Southern Miss, Thursday.

Tulane (20-6, 11-4 C-USA): Beat USM, 80-69; plays at UTEP, Friday.

UAB (17-11, 8-7 C-USA): Defeated Tulsa, 59-45; hosts UCF, Thursday.

UCF (13-17, 7-9 C-USA): Lost at Houston, 69-59; hosts SMU, Thursday.

Rice (13-14, 5-9 C-USA): Won third straight game, 62-59, at UTEP; plays at Houston, Sunday.

Marshall (9-19, 3-12 C-USA): Lost to UCF, 75-51; plays at Memphis, Thursday.

SMU (20-7, 11-3 C-USA): Fell to visiting Tulane, 73-68; hosts UTEP, Sunday.

UTEP (19-8, 7-7 C-USA): Fell to visiting Rice, 62-59; plays at SMU Sunday.

Tulsa (12-16, 7-8 C-USA): Lost at UAB, 59-45; hosts Houston, Thursday.



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